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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

7. Priest removes the tail from the animal (5)

8. The girl describing most of the epistles! (7)

9. Sink a coal-carrying vessel (7)

10. Currently changing (5)

12. Does it give a ghostly light? (6-4)

15. Right-handed key (6,4)

18. Located like a gun, we hear (5)

19. Dressed for an attack, by the sound of it (7)

21. Bases of justification for the dregs (7)

22. Get down in good condition (5

Down

1. Academic programme provides us with a hopeful outlook (10)

2. An attack of illness is concerning (5

3. One way to slim down Parliament (4)

4. Seem to be a soft fruit (6)

5. Name for underwater vessel? (8)

6. Faulty distribution that may result in a reshuffle (7)

11. Getting the message by oral, not aural, means! (3-7)

13. Chivalrous types, but causing a row among friends (8)

14. Turn one into an uncharged particle (7)

16. Carriage on which the Frenchman sits (6)

17. Air of devotion about eastern deity (5)

20. Strikes when the boom returns (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Reason (5)

8. Flood (7)

9. Suffer (7)

10. Pulverise (5)

12. Orders (10)

15. Unmoved (10)

18. Mistake (5)

19. Prosper (7)

21. Coach (7)

22. Sea (5)

Down

1. Happening (10)

2. Pilot (5)

3. Prophet (4)

4. Blow (6)

5. Scare (8)

6. Deer-meat (7)

11. Despairing (10)

13. Natural (8)

14. Beg (7)

16. Gloss (6)

17. Dissuade (5)

20. Chef (4)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Compasses; 8 Air; 9 Storm-troops; 11 Rotated; 12 Price; 13 Chilli; 15 Fright; 17 Vowed; 18 Concord; 20 Re-enactment; 22 Ell; 23 Sostenuto.

Down: 2 Out; 3 Admit; 4 Stride; 5 Stopper; 6 Casting-vote; 7 Projected; 10 Of this world; 11 Recovered; 14 Ladders; 16 Scraps; 19 Nitre; 21 Net.

QUICK - Across: 1 Assistant; 8 Sin; 9 Defenceless; 11 Sunless; 12 Basin; 13 Elapse; 15 Device; 17 Their; 18 Explain; 20 Thoughtless; 22 Lea; 23 Satisfied.

Down: 2 Sue; 3 Since; 4 Averse; 5 Tremble; 6 Assassinate; 7 Unconcern; 10 Fundamental; 11 Spectacle; 14 Serious; 16 Height; 19 Paths; 21 See.