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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 And 8 Across. Secretly covered up by the bloomer! (5,3,4)

8. See 7 Across

9. Shocking threats make one a nervous wreck (7)

10. After the start of the tour, an inclination to keep on walking (5)

12. Their breakdown could leave us powerless (10)

15. Criterion to present Shakespearian jester (10)

18. No king but he wears a crown (5)

19. It reads differently in impassioned outbursts (7)

21. To get back lost land could be a miracle (7)

22. Part of a cryptogram or semaphore code (5)

Down

1. It is found under the bed! (10)

2. They have been conceived to revolutionise a side (5)

3. Almost put down a summons (4)

4. Go without one’s fare (6)

5. Hold back and keep retrogressive arts in control (8)

6. Figuratively speaking, it’s one over the eight! (7)

11. As a man of letters the teacher is after a job (10)

13. In the jet he realised it’s out of this world (8)

14. One who owes allegiance to part of the school curriculum (7)

16. You’ll find ‘em among children regarded as superstitious objects (6)

17. Enhance the beauty of a day-break, one hears (5)

20. Capital lover losing a ring (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Frequently (5)

8. Shake (7)

9. Beware! (4,3)

10. Permit (5)

12. Conjectured (10)

15. Backward (10)

18. Slip (5)

19. Protection (7)

21. Betrayer (7)

22. Additional (5)

Down

1. Corresponding (10)

2. Deign (5)

3. Loosen (4)

4. Unmoving (6)

5. Remembered (8)

6. Skill (7)

11. Prevalent (10)

13. Inherent quality (8)

14. Substitute (7)

16. Holiday town (6)

17. Condition (5)

20. Smooth (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Seascapes; 8 Ore; 9 Processions; 11 Funeral; 12 Maine; 13 Lascar; 15 Enrage; 17 Ariel; 18 Aerobus; 20 New Hebrides; 22 Orc; 23 Discloses.

Down: 2 Err; 3 Clear; 4 Pestle; 5 Showman; 6 Hospital bed; 7 Senseless; 10 Omniscience; 11 Film actor; 14 Allowed; 16 Caters; 19 Rural; 21 Eye.

QUICK - Across: 1 Officiate; 8 Own; 9 Premonition; 11 Brittle; 12 Tress; 13 Editor; 15 Keep on; 17 Knave; 18 Isolate; 20 Indifferent; 22 Sin; 23 Earnestly.

Down: 2 Far; 3 Clout; 4 Arisen; 5 Epistle; 6 Contemplate; 7 In essence; 10 Eliminating; 11 Bleakness; 14 Overdue; 16 Differ; 19 Obese; 21 Nil.