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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

4. Pop tags along as temporary substitute (7)

8. Suspend soldiers over the aircraft shed (6)

9. Rejected side during second reading (7)

10. Arrange to watch television in the open? (3,3)

11. Ignited some mustard powder (6)

12. All about a girl, one in Wales (8)

18. Late person seen with long expression (5,3)

20. A diver who has to be different (6)

21. A broken rib in football club material (6)

22. One on the look-out for a developer (7)

23. Half-nude performance is a failure (6)

24. Introduction before duel is arranged (7)


Down

1. It’s blown by the French after a game of cards (7)

2. Capital sort of character, perhaps (7)

3. Brown returns to river wild life (6)

5. Challenging Heather to come after the food (8)

6. One side involved in dodgy tape copy (6)

7. A meeting place in the street (6)

13. Comes down to finish in Cornwall (5,3)

14. Write first, or ride around getting anxious (7)

15. Tom comes in pale, confused - but calm! (7)

16. Rich food obtained via outside transport (6)

17. Lil gets one in for him (6)

19. Laugh when a king is turned up - or the joker, perhaps (6)

Quick puzzle

Across

4. Success (7)

8. About (6)

9. Digress (7)

10. Movement (6)

11. Guides (6)

12. Name (8)

18. Outside (8)

20. Battered (6)

21. Receding (6)

22. Attribute (7)

23. Oppose (6)

24. Enraged (7)

Down

1. Recompense (7)

2. Garb (7)

3. Command (6)

5. Unskilled (8)

6. Experiments (6)

7. Spin (6)

13. Pliant (8)

14. Check (7)

15. Fickle (7)

16. Motive (6)

17. Famish (6)

19. Symbol (6)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Winning post; 9 Can; 10 Rectangle; 11 Exile; 13 Entrant; 14 Empire; 16 Scampi; 18 Abstain; 19 Pants; 20 Originate; 21 Wee; 22 Weightiness. Down: 2 Ian; 3 Nerve; 4 Nicker; 5 Plastic; 6 Signalman; 7 Accelerator; 8 Westminster; 12 Impassive; 15 Reading; 17 Intact; 19 Preen; 21 Was.

QUICK

Across: 1 Obstruction; 9 Sag; 10 Interfere; 11 Elect; 13 Dresser; 14 Toilet; 16 Stands; 18 Imitate; 19 Steam; 20 Eradicate; 21 Wan; 22 Meteorology. Down: 2 Big; 3 Twist; 4 Untidy; 5 Torrent; 6 Obeisance; 7 Ascertained; 8 Refreshment; 12 Eliminate; 15 Examine; 17 Repair; 19 Swell; 21 Wag.