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Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. When nations hold the monarch back (4)

8. How one’s own views are aired to an individual friend (10)

9. Unearth record surplus (8)

10. Spinners work in back-street (4)

12. Disorderly Dorians losing one part of the Cyclades (6)

14. Head of state kept in the dark or exposed to solar power (6)

15. Make defenceless by amputation? (6)

17. Go round to put back in charge (6)

18. In this one is outstanding (4)

19. Trustworthy Liberal conversion before the start of the election (8)

21. Surprises those who wake up (3-7)

22. A classic group of trees (4)

Down

2. New to India, maybe, but covering the whole country (6-4)

3. What the leading characters of every poem involving chivalry will produce (4)

4. Boldly confronts the Red Indians (6)

5. Provides lodging for the stage (6)

6. Disciplinarian resolving the matter round at home (8)

7. They vote for a term of agreement (4)

11. Indicate the kind of cartridge for close range (5-5)

13. I care not for stimulated response (8)

16. Having blemishes checked by the teacher (6)

17. This is used to flatten the wave (6)

18. Two-party struggle ... (4)

20. ... Among radical Socialists as well (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Display (4)

8. Accessory (10)

9. Baffle (8)

10. Church recess (4)

12. Shining (6)

14. Absentee (6)

15. Take in (6)

17. Pact (6)

18. Peaked cap (4)

19. Retarded (8)

21. Examine (10)

22. Light shoe (4)

Down

2. Upright (10)

3. Stray (4)

4. Clear (6)

5. Among (6)

6. Satisfaction (8)

7. Lake (4)

11. Rest home (10)

13. Splendid (8)

16. Reel (6)

17. Alarm bell (6)

18. Buss (4)

20. Cry (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Lapse; 8 Usurper; 9 Torpedo; 10 Cured; 12 In a fashion; 15 In the press; 18 Growl; 19 Present; 21 Dresser; 22 Charm.

Down: 1 Flat racing; 2 Sport; 3 Here; 4 Put off; 5 Outcasts; 6 Upbraid; 11 Dinner-time; 13 Needless; 14 Strokes; 16 Report; 17 Regal; 20 Each.

QUICK

Across: 7 Nervy; 8 Hand out; 9 Anxious; 10 Outre; 12 Discomfort; 15 Benevolent; 18 Extol; 19 Confirm; 21 Connect; 22 Alien.

Down: 1 Insatiable; 2 Proxy; 3 Tyro; 4 Physic; 5 Uncommon; 6 Portion; 11 Enticement; 13 Involved; 14 Instant; 16 Locate; 17 Civil; 20 Near.