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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Claim to be shy, but actually the opposite! (8)

5. Advantage of going round the outside? (4)

9. Eccentric Sam holds the right weapons (4)

10. Pay homage to a singer, say, in Hawaii (8)

11. A few go round the side for a biscuit (5)

12. First puppy in unusual litter of three (7)

13. Horse over-priced, the French drink to it (13)

18. Animal pet alone and confused (8)

19. Breakfast for Spurs, maybe (4)

20. One going on foot - or coach! (7)

21. Maids get to work with golden ruler (5)

22. Tax obligation (4)

23. Help in getting girl to South Australian capital (8)

Down

2. Sarcastic man trod all over the place (7)

3. Offensive old boy is part of the act (7)

4. He’d met reports about being irascible (5-8)

6. Plays in two parts of the game? (7)

7. It keeps poles apart (7)

8. Foreign wax? (6)

13. Begin to get newspaper boss established (7)

14. Former partner with land to draw out (7)

15. Parental guidance needed when nail is broken in fence (6)

16. Camera I smashed, found overseas (7)

17. Angled unsuccessfully round the north country (7)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Deceit (8)

5. Handle (4)

9. Distant (4)

10. Assess (8)

11. Meadow (5)

12. Anarchic (7)

13. Pure (13)

18. Union (8)

19. Yawn (4)

20. Porch (7)

21. Essential (5)

22. Travel (4)

23. Musical piece (8)

Down

2. Rowdy (7)

3. Coagulated (7)

4. Rebel (13)

6. Closest (7)

7. Consecrated (7)

8. Scowl (6)

13. Reveal (7)

14. Stuck (7)

15. Bear-like (6)

16. Torment (7)

17. Elucidate (7)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Strand; 8 Access; 10 Cheetah; 11 Noise; 12 Iris; 13 Stray; 17 Order; 18 Gala; 22 Chain; 23 Egg-flip; 24 Pullet; 25 Litter. Down: 1 Psychic; 2 Arsenic; 3 Knots; 4 Scandal; 5 Tepid; 6 Aspen; 9 Shattered; 14 Trinket; 15 Hamlets; 16 Car park; 19 Scope; 20 Rally; 21 Again.

QUICK

Across: 7 Hauled; 8 Humour; 10 Disease; 11 Rogue; 12 Earl; 13 Layer; 17 Quiet; 18 Seam; 22 Water; 23 Implore; 24 Murder; 25 Genius. Down: 1 Shudder; 2 Cursory; 3 Decay; 4 Quarrel; 5 Gouge; 6 Creek; 9 Menagerie; 14 Quartet; 15 Melodic; 16 Immense; 19 Swamp; 20 Storm; 21 Speed.