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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

6. Stay to drink wine (7)

7. Kind of ribbon used for decoration (5)

9. Less in sum perhaps (5)

10. He has no right to take another’s place (7)

12. Building up afresh what’s left before formal talk (11)

14. Gift a banana has? (7,4)

18. Special gifts of money (7)

19. Rose paid for the drinks (5)

21. There may be a few (5)

22. Fruit - one for the shy (7)

Down

1. Flinch, though still game (5)

2. Smart thing to have in the garden (6)

3. Worry - there’s no alternative when things are crooked (3)

4. A sorry state (6)

5. An officer is over many a sailor (7)

8. Attribute that makes a writer (7)

11. Difficulties in which a coastal navigator may find himself (7)

13. Listener’s complaint (7)

15. Odd description of something rough (6)

16. Thought it will turn up in time (6)

17. Note responsibility means extra money (5)

20. Father is drunk! (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Dusk (7)

7. Cut (5)

9. Boundary (5)

10. Weakness (7)

12. Loss (11)

14. Rudeness (11)

18. Furnish (7)

19. Silent (5)

21. Pen (5)

22. Bravery (7)

Down

1. Escape (5)

2. Burning (2,4)

3. United (3)

4. Oppose (6)

5. Part (7)

8. Personal (7)

11. Reason (7)

13. Reading-room (7)

15. Hole (6)

16. Wriggle (6)

17. Cloth (5)

20. Rapture (3)Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Disastrous; 7 Erode; 8 Managed; 10 Donation; 11 Keen; 13 Thwart; 15 Battle; 17 Nigh; 18 Disallow; 21 Slating; 22 Incur; 23 Playwright.

Down: 1 Drown; 2 Swelters; 3 Symbol; 4 Ring; 5 Unguent; 6 Headstones; 9 Donkey-work; 12 Damaging; 14 Wagtail; 16 Singer; 19 Licit; 20 Tiny.

QUICK

Across: 1 Jubilation; 7 Ledge; 8 Uncover; 10 Prestige; 11 Pass; 13 Indeed; 15 Career; 17 Espy; 18 Gullible; 21 Sustain; 22 Relic; 23 Attendance.

Down: 1 Judge; 2 Breather; 3 Lounge; 4 Tick; 5 Obviate; 6 Sloppiness; 9 Resurgence; 12 Cauldron; 14 Deposit; 16 Ruined; 19 Bulge; 20 Safe.