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Choice of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. The stronghold went into action, we hear (4)

3. Drama not translated haphazardly (2,6)

8. The right current measure for a racket (4)

9 And 19 Down. Water sale nil from this particular source (8,4)

11. As business executives, are they involved in amours? (3,2,7)

13. Man beset by the worst events (6)

14. It would be strange for bleats to come from here! (6)

17. Light pitcher used by the military (5-7)

20. Given the right to put a novel name in the conclusion (8)

21. Long-handled weapon for fish (4)

22. In the main they won’t feel at home (8)

23. Unfinished tenancy agreement for pastures (4)

Down

1. Pre-eminent doctor lost in the wood (8)

2. Fictitious tale of chivalry can be adapted in foreign capital (7)

4. This shows the rates of endless traffic in confusion (6)

5. Experts on bitter flavours! (3-7)

6. An agent with absorbing characteristics (5)

7. Not used for sauce! (4)

10. Consequences following lessons in computation? (10)

12. The Commons will be unmatched (8)

15. Kind of knot pulled tight by the archer! (7)

16. The goddess and he in neat arrangement (6)

18. It used to be spoken in a flat intonation (5)

19. See 9 Across

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Shear (4)

3. Airtight (8)

8. Notch (4)

9. Boundary (8)

11. Immoderation (12)

13. Undesigned (6)

14. Easy (6)

17. Detachment (12)

20. Cajoled (8)

21. Temple (4)

22. Diffident (8)

23. Jumble (4)

Down

1. Persuade (8)

2. Arouses (7)

4. Deserved (6)

5. Automatic (10)

6. Pick-me-up (5)

7. Quote (4)

10. Envoy (10)

12. Enthusiasm (8)

15. Unofficial (7)

16. Shield (6)

18. Fatuous (5)

19. Pitcher (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Petrol pumps; 9 Bigoted; 10 Crows; 11 Turin; 12 Evening; 13 Affray; 15 Misery; 18 Taxi-cab; 20 Flags; 22 Route; 23 Rossini; 24 Betting slip. Down: 2 Eager; 3 Rotunda; 4 Ledger; 5 Uncle; 6 Promise; 7 Abstract art; 8 As ugly as sin; 14 Fixture; 16 Infests; 17 Oberon; 19 Cleft; 21 Alibi.

QUICK

Across: 1 Abridgement; 9 Extreme; 10 Rogue; 11 Event; 12 Conceal; 13 Burial; 15 Hectic; 18 Augment; 20 Islam; 22 Comma; 23 Octagon; 24 Antecedence. Down: 2 Bathe; 3 Inertia; 4 Greece; 5 Moron; 6 Neglect; 7 Resemblance; 8 Replacement; 14 Regimen; 16 Epistle; 17 Stroke; 19 Erase; 21 Logic.