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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

6 And 7 Across. A score-chart I adjusted for events at the Hippodrome (7,5)

7. See 6 Across

9 And 10 Across. They provide capital protection on the way (5-7)

10. See 9 Across

12. Try me on mail sorting for a very short time (11)

14. Presumably it provides room for aestivation (6-5)

18. Settle down to make a score (7)

19. See 21 Across

21 And 19 Across. Fails to strike a creditable balance (5,1,4)

22. See 1 Down

Down

1 And 22 Across. Electrical fault curtailing judge’s round? (5-7)

2. Destroy the poster quickly (6)

3. See 20 Down

4. Lots get knocked down by it (6)

5. How the irritable examinee behaves? (7)

8. Notices a change in the part (7)

11. Drink went up in price - that’s a bloomer (3-4)

13. Somehow cut a road endlessly for this vehicle (7)

15. Trees that could be palms round the East (6)

16. Sun spot providing some comfort (6)

17. Bustling appearance about the street (5)

20 And 3 Down. Trashy metal container (3-3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Foodfish (7)

7. Begin (5)

9. Range (5)

10. Coach (7)

12. Incitement (11)

14. Disbelief (11)

18. Flood (7)

19. Fracture (5)

21. Traded (5)

22. Solace (7)

Down

1. Bring (5)

2. Seemly (6)

3. Tavern (3)

4. Rigorous (6)

5. Liberty (7)

8. Gentle flow (7)

11. Obvious (7)

13. Disclose (7)

15. Seldom (6)

16. Frugality (6)

17. Convey (5)

20. Enemy (3)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Snuff; 4 Oversee; 8 Adhered; 9 Inane; 10 Earl; 11 Make fast; 13 Maps; 14 Acts; 16 Dark room; 17 Talc; 20 Astir; 21 Portico; 22 Halibut; 23 Break. Down: 1 Scared to death; 2 Usher; 3 Form; 4 Old-saw; 5 Evidence; 6 Scarabs; 7 Electric clock; 12 Spare rib; 13 Marital; 15 Poppet; 18 Alive; 19 Grab.

QUICK

Across: 1 Prong; 4 Contend; 8 Recover; 9 Pious; 10 Earl; 11 Sedition; 13 Chef; 14 Clan; 16 Conjuror; 17 Pace; 20 Leave; 21 Present; 22 Retinue; 23 Staid. Down: 1 Perpendicular; 2 Occur; 3 Give; 4 Corner; 5 Nuptials; 6 Emotion; 7 Disinterested; 12 Cerulean; 13 Contact; 15 Couple; 18 Arena; 19 Lees.