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

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. The upshot is to go to law (5)

4. Cover too many a circuit (7)

8. Many were carried away by it and lost their heads (7)

9. A brave wife (5)

10. Very bad line-up (4)

11. Stand on both sides (8)

13. Birds can do it with their eyes shut (4)

14. Extremely light (4)

16. Having responsibility in attack (2,6)

17. A minor drawback (4)

20. One is disturbed by sound (5)

21. An inch out perhaps but maintaining contact (2,5)

22. Vessel containing petrol? (7)

23. A male-factor perhaps? (5)

Down

1. Possibly a train-line not between countries (13)

2. Simple soul was penniless (5)

3. A nobleman in a real mix-up (4)

4. Little hooters (6)

5. In the end a menial is captivated (8)

6. Duly ran out one’s washing (7)

7. Two articles in a magazine that could do a lot of damage (6,3,4)

12. People decline to be so described (8)

13. A way of putting things, just in case (7)

15. Not so fair (6)

18. Entertain a goddess (5)

19. Greek character bestriding N. Italian mount (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Bury (5)

4. Craftiness (7)

8. Concerned (7)

9. Zest (5)

10. Shove (4)

11. Devise (8)

13. Pitcher (4)

14. Jest (4)

16. Journalist (8)

17. Small bay (4)

20. Solitary (5)

21. Outline (7)

22. Utmost (7)

23. Spurious (5)

Down

1. Unsuitable (13)

2. US state (5)

3. Space (4)

4. Habit (6)

5. Contradiction (8)

6. Imbue with (7)

7. Incongruity (13)

12. Get back (8)

13. Feat (7)

15. Folk (6)

18. Due (5)

19. Sepulchre (4)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 3 Education; 8 Prim; 9 Harrowing; 10 Retail; 11 Yearn; 14 Tread; 15 Sole; 16 Stunt; 18 Rood; 20 Avers; 21 Earth; 24 Plates; 25 Peristyle; 26 Dene; 27 Class-mate.

Down: 1 Operators; 2 Mistletoe; 4 Deal; 5 Carve; 6 Towers; 7 Owns; 9 Hinds; 11 Youth; 12 Novelties; 13 Persisted; 17 Table; 19 Davits; 22 Totem; 23 Seal; 24 Plot.

QUICK - Across: 3 Spectacle; 8 Roof; 9 Starboard; 10 Speech; 11 Heart; 14 Ruler; 15 Dear; 16 Fauna; 18 Base; 20 Dress; 21 Smite; 24 Sector; 25 Impromptu; 26 Stub; 27 Stressing.

Down: 1 Prescribe; 2 Powerless; 4 Pith; 5 Curve; 6 Aboard; 7 Lark; 9 Scarf; 11 House; 12 Tete-a-tete; 13 Proscribe; 17 Adieu; 19 Emerge; 22 Times; 23 Omit; 24 Stun.