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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Easy to be looked after when dim-witted (6-6)

7. Don staged a production (3,2)

8. Berates for certain lines (5)

9. Such a cup match is a bind (3)

10. Get lancer formation to be oblong (9)

11. A try-on for the law man (6)

12. One in commerce earns a diatribe (6)

15. Cubs do exercises to form line of loaded animals (4,5)

17. Grassland in Castile, Andalusia, etc. (3)

18. Purloined a wrap (5)

19. Small and fat like a small cask (5)

21. Put arbiter on to cause discomposure (12)

Down

1. One’s first job at the beginning of the race? (8-4)

2. Permitted to have a tenant (3)

3. Threat to males by star performer (6)

4. Hurried back with share of account (9)

5. Looking at some money in great temptation (5)

6. Change into verse as a solemn declaration (12)

7. Fold petal (5)

10. Artist will withdraw in unusual pleasure (4,5)

13. Calm everybody - yes! (5)

14. Historical alternative to minister (6)

16. 100 get beaten, but there’s not much in it (5)

20. Best of all, initially found reptile (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Contentious (12)

7. Dulcet (5)

8. Coach (5)

9. Wonder (3)

10. Plead (9)

11. Arbiter (6)

12. Mend (6)

15. Explosive (9)

17. Interval (3)

18. Little (5)

19. Dye (5)

21. Censure (12)

Down

1. Playwright (12)

2. Employ (3)

3. Shrewd (6)

4. Meddle (9)

5. Custom (5)

6. Break (12)

7. Slumber (5)

10. Disorderly (9)

13. Debate (5)

14. End (6)

16. Depart (5)

20. Prohibit (3)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Flag; 3 Reliable; 9 Reached; 10 Terse; 11 Model railway; 13 Sports; 15 Winner; 17 Fills the bill; 20 Amiss; 21 Buckled; 22 Minister; 23 Iris.

Down: 1 Foremost; 2 Award; 4 Endear; 5 Intelligence; 6 Bargain; 7 Ewer; 8 Philatelists; 12 Preludes; 14 Opinion; 16 Stable; 18 Idler; 19 Maim.

QUICK

Across: 1 Duty; 3 Adequate; 9 Ruinous; 10 Eased; 11 Satisfactory; 13 Recede; 15 Morsel; 17 Appreciation; 20 Crumb; 21 Unleash; 22 Elements; 23 Mend.

Down: 1 Derisory; 2 Twist; 4 Dismal; 5 Questionable; 6 Assures; 7 Eddy; 8 Considerable; 12 Flinched; 14 Capture; 16 Acquit; 18 Irate; 19 Ache.