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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1 And 4 Across. Blow a fuse due to incomplete lap (5-7)

4. See 1 Across

8. He curses and creates explosions (7)

9. Throw to English class (5)

10. It’s not difficult inside a maze, as yet (4)

11. Guitar strummer? (8)

13. Hands back an exchange (4)

14. Honour at a church gathering (4)

16. Liable to list the best bouncer (3-5)

17. Point everyone at the barricade (4)

20. Thoughts about a flip-side (5)

21. Let loose when without relatives (7)

22. Fly Giro over - praise be! (7)

23. I bite back over aches (5)

Down

1. Warmongering by shaking a sword? (5-8)

2. Fired salvo of rounds (5)

3. Bear young child with a point (4)

4. Sour dog led away (6)

5. I crochet badly on the rebound (8)

6. Highs to encourage swell (7)

7. He’s smart, folks, to create heat-retaining vessels (7,6)

12. Wet runner to swear kit is soggy (5-3)

13. Top man to drink down more? (7)

15. A way to go by railway to where the birds are (6)

18. Excuse for a liberal and I (5)

19. Cut back nails (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Cut into cubes (5)

4. Trip (7)

8. Particular (7)

9. Big (5)

10. Perceive (4)

11. Intercessor (8)

13. Fleece (4)

14. Otherwise (4)

16. Clannish (8)

17. Space (4)

20. Combat (5)

21. Reconcile (7)

22. Theft (7)

23. Hail (5)

Down

1. Irreverent (13)

2. Inexpensive (5)

3. Platform (4)

4. Glossy (6)

5. Clumsy (8)

6. Respire (7)

7. Hospitality (13)

12. Flirt (8)

13. Mangle (7)

15. Wandering (6)

18. Reward (5)

19. Stopper (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Cave; 3 Stuffing; 8 Pelt; 9 Spirited; 11 Thunder-storm; 13 Nieces; 14 Wigwam; 17 Part-exchange; 20 Insisted; 21 Boss; 22 Override; 23 Used.

Down: 1 Capstans; 2 Vulture; 4 Tapers; 5 First night; 6 Inter; 7 Gods; 10 Advertiser; 12 Immersed; 15 Windows; 16 Exceed; 18 Aisle; 19 Lido.

QUICK

Across: 1 Dodo; 3 Maniacal; 8 Luck; 9 Previous; 11 Compensatory; 13 Colour; 14 Attach; 17 Affectionate; 20 Agitator; 21 Hint; 22 Tenderly; 23 Mean.

Down: 1 Delicacy; 2 Decimal; 4 Arrest; 5 Invitation; 6 Choir; 7 Last; 10 Rejuvenate; 12 Threaten; 15 Avarice; 16 Stroll; 18 Feign; 19 Wait.