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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. Choose a digging implement (4)

3. Traverse front of ship with a weapon (8)

8. Somehow made cheese (4)

9. US articles about wicked crime (8)

11. Contend noose could be the very best (6,2,4)

13. Does it ease mapmaking? (6)

14. Not a seat to leave quickly? (6)

17. Remove furniture to preside (4,3,5)

20. It’s a bind for the doctor (8)

21. Some growth envisaged at that time (4)

22. Diabolical mess made of fine vessel (8)

23. There’s something fishy about the singer! (4)

Down

1. Journalists rue awful tension (8)

2. Part of church offering opportunity to learner (7)

4. Wayward meteor a long way off (6)

5. Nesting cry when things are tight (10)

6. Meaty essayist? (5)

7. Decline of pale egghead (4)

10. Not being impartial, won’t be bored (10)

12. Relative position earns big trouble (8)

15. Wildly reach at windpipe (7)

16. Drinks in athletic wear? (6)

18. Fish for early settler? (5)

19. Musical sign appearing in canticle for worship (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Mimic (4)

3. Gathering (8)

8. Tidy (4)

9. Of shepherds (8)

11. Incomprehensible (12)

13. Yellow (6)

14. Individual (6)

17. Felicitate (12)

20. Frugal (8)

21. Kitty (4)

22. Quickly (8)

23. Prophet (4)

Down

1. Victory (8)

2. Frolicsome (7)

4. Flavour (6)

5. Foreign (10)

6. Gem (5)

7. Shout (4)

10. Fort (10)

12. Beget (8)

15. Law (7)

16. Ethnic (6)

18. Sea-air (5)

19. Stabling (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Curry favour; 9 Opposed; 10 Ochre; 11 Eyrie; 12 Learner; 13 Orbits; 15 Aspect; 18 Inertia; 20 Among; 22 Hedge; 23 Balloon; 24 Shop steward.

Down: 2 Upper; 3 Respect; 4 Fiddle; 5 Viola; 6 Unhinge; 7 Come to light; 8 Secret agent; 14 Breadth; 16 Shallow; 17 Gambit; 19 Twerp; 21 Odour.

QUICK - Across: 1 Candidature; 9 Orotund; 10 Latex; 11 Chain; 12 Cleaner; 13 Needle; 15 Upkeep; 18 Riposte; 20 Alibi; 22 Trade; 23 Blatant; 24 Inspiration.

Down: 2 Aroma; 3 Diurnal; 4 Deduce; 5 Tulle; 6 Retinue; 7 Concentrate; 8 Expropriate; 14 Explain; 16 Peasant; 17 Member; 19 Sweep; 21 Imago.