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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. Finish the road work (4)

8. Justified in changing their night (2,3,5)

9. He’s having an off-day (8)

10. Every variety of ache (4)

12. Conducted an examination in favour of retirement? (6)

14. It’s not much to eat for sweet (6)

15. An animal, it has one foot drawn back (6)

17. Sad reminder from the war (6)

18. But they could be even for the better (4)

19. South American country holds an alternative view (8)

21. Land and labour required for a foundation (10)

22. Limits one’s ambitions (4)

Down

2. A good deal may come from it (6-4)

3. It may be sucked or blown (4)

4. Tasted, perhaps, and expressed an opinion (6)

5. Barren land that’s rested perhaps (6)

6. Might it come to a palmist’s rescue? (4-4)

7. A bit of adroit cheating can be very irritating (4)

11. Remember to ring for a baby-sitter? (4,2,4)

13. Bus fills in a very happy way (8)

16. Hold up means I’m deep in trouble (6)

17. Light breeze round the West (6)

18. Drunken revel leads to a gory mess (4)

20. Dissolute person employed in the garden (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Pacify (4)

8. High spirits (10)

9. Region (8)

10. Challenge (4)

12. Manage (6)

14. Almost (6)

15. Aptitude (6)

17. Heed (6)

18. Abandoned (4)

19. Eruption (8)

21. Everywhere (10)

22. State (4)

Down

2. Forestall (10)

3. Encounter (4)

4. Odd (6)

5. Gravedigger (6)

6. Barrow (8)

7. Yield (4)

11. Unwillingness (10)

13. Activity (8)

16. Depression (6)

17. Idea (6)

18. Tardy (4)

20. Roster (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Ocean; 8 Lioness; 9 Candour; 10 Droop; 12 Puts on airs; 15 Derogatory; 18 Okapi; 19 Recital; 21 Trellis; 22 Ankle.

Down: 1 Touch and go; 2 Seine; 3 Undo; 4 Alarms; 5 Londoner; 6 Bedouin; 11 Past belief; 13 Ungainly; 14 Breaker; 16 Thrust; 17 Stake; 20 Clan.

QUICK

Across: 7 Raise; 8 Various; 9 Shelter; 10 Tread; 12 Obsequious; 15 Open-handed; 18 Scowl; 19 Canasta; 21 Clement; 22 Amaze.

Down: 1 Prosperous; 2 Sinew; 3 Heat; 4 Averse; 5 Protrude; 6 Boredom; 11 Dissipated; 13 Beholden; 14 Recover; 16 Nicety; 17 Essay; 20 Neat.