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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Believed it to be hat material (4)

3. If a guest, carry out military duties (8)

9. Possibly a saint can first be evil (7)

10. Caller seen to drop or drop in (5)

11. Study for a short time in up-to-date fashion (12)

13. Type of drum that holds water, perhaps (6)

15. Give directions to Frenchman when calm (6)

17. Fruit given as soiled present, by the sound of it (12)

20. Say goodbye to idea of changing head of union (5)

21. Powerful but nervous in coming first (7)

22. Scottish region in which one may have a fling? (8)

23. Pullover number 50 is in - that’s surplus (4)

Down

1. Food provided at the weekend in his cafe, for a change (8)

2. A no-go situation for national language (5)

4. Take it Bill goes to church with unusual pet (6)

5. Never tie brat in a knot, although spineless (12)

6. Vainly pursue round Gateshead for a rise (7)

7. Place it in the south-east (4)

8. Able to understand an intelligent person (12)

12. Underwear intended, say, to be worn as a robe (8)

14. Reporting William for having gin cocktail (7)

16. Small part father lost in combat (6)

18. Cancel yearly article which went missing (5)

19. Clean part of Lincolnshire? (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Genuine (4)

3. Precise (8)

9. Small house (7)

10. Courage (5)

11. Negligible (12)

13. Allay (6)

15. Thinly-scattered (6)

17. Sum up (12)

20. Extort (5)

21. Guardian (7)

22. Loud and grating (8)

23. Worry (4)

Down

1. Resort (8)

2. Garret (5)

4. Abstract (6)

5. Scornful (12)

6. Abstain (7)

7. Cook (4)

8. Timid (5-7)

12. Respectful (8)

14. Outdoor (4-3)

16. Hearken (6)

18. Change (5)

19. Dregs (4)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 6 Minimal; 7 Scent; 9 State; 10 Tenuous; 12 Unqualified; 14 Sensational; 18 Morning; 19 Aspic; 21 Field; 22 Pharaoh.

Down: 1 Fifty; 2 Kitten; 3 Pal; 4 Scruff; 5 Insured; 8 Sea lion; 11 Bunting; 13 Demonic; 15 Senile; 16 Assert; 17 Widow; 20 She.

QUICK

Across: 6 Congeal; 7 Dally; 9 Stoop; 10 Compose; 12 Peripatetic; 14 Destitution; 18 Summary; 19 Strip; 21 Droll; 22 Salient.

Down: 1 Mouth; 2 Ignore; 3 Gag; 4 Sample; 5 Plastic; 8 Royalty; 11 Disturb; 13 Require; 15 Tumble; 16 Obtain; 17 Giant; 20 Van.