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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

3. It’s ten men having wrong opinion (9)

8. 18 going back to school (4)

9. Does it open all doors to education? (6,3)

10. Song of praise from the man (6)

11. Even both ways (5)

14. Teach one’s entourage? (5)

15. Enid goes back to eat (4)

16. Stingy when drunk? (5)

18. Observe one of the other vowels, perhaps (4)

20. There’s plenty going round the world in it these days (5)

21. Demand and get some complex activities (5)

24. Tradesman to get cards from (6)

25. Shelter against attack – as 100 come out to assume control (4,5)

26. Agitate in prison (4)

27. The gambler is leaving richer (6,3)

Down

1. Pit danger on the way out (9)

2. With the speed of express mail? (4-5)

4. Made up cheese (4)

5. Let it form the heading (5)

6. Noted as outstanding (6)

7. One editor’s requirement (4)

9. I object to worker, as intended (5)

11. Fair and not weighing much (5)

12. 51 find skill to be the reverse of an asset (9)

13. Rest cruel teachers in higher education (9)

17. Wrote about a tall structure (5)

19. Skilled person was formerly saucy (6)

22. Presumably they have something to sing about (5)

23. The colour of a stretch of water (4)

24. Fade out, being unable to hear (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

3. Feeble (9)

8. Dash (4)

9. Hoodwink (9)

10. Go back (6)

11. Cut (5)

14. Divide (5)

15. Trim (4)

16. Moor (5)

18. Aggregation (4)

20. Dismay (5)

21. Material (5)

24. Particular (6)

25. Atonement (9)

26. Rip (4)

27. The accused (9)

Down

1. Tedious (9)

2. Insipid (9)

4. Scheme (4)

5. Imposing (5)

6. Ease off (6)

7. Market (4)

9. Soup (5)

11. Personnel (5)

12. Restorable (9)

13. Spur on (9)

17. Asylum (5)

19. Conflict (6)

22. Destined (5)

23. Spindle (4)

24. Soft feathers (4)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Fort; 3 At random; 8 Ramp; 9 Artesian; 11 Men of affairs; 13 Steven; 14 Stable; 17 Flame-thrower; 20 Entitled; 21 Pike; 22 Landsmen; 23 Leas.Down: 1 Foremost; 2 Romance; 4 Tariff; 5 Ale-tasters; 6 Drier; 7 Mint; 10 Aftermaths; 12 Peerless; 15 Bowline; 16 Athene; 18 Latin; 19 Well.

QUICK

Across: 1 Clip; 3 Hermetic; 8 Nick; 9 Precinct; 11 Intemperance; 13 Casual; 14 Simple; 17 Dissociation; 20 Wheedled; 21 Fane; 22 Retiring; 23 Mess. Down: 1 Convince; 2 Incites; 4 Earned; 5 Mechanical; 6 Tonic; 7 Cite; 10 Ambassador; 12 Keenness; 15 Private; 16 Screen; 18 Inept; 19 Ewer.