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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

7. The animal will move up and down and act strangely (6)

8. Be the first to talk about food ... (6)

10. ... And where it’s eaten (7)

11. One who enjoys a takeaway? (5)

12. Gas that none use? (4)

13. He left Michael to make the demand (5)

17. Lock of hair found in bedroom of mistress (5)

18. Loose change I keep in study (4)

22. Deprived of thirty seconds with you and I (5)

23. Complain at vehicle being on the line? (7)

24. Skip a sound bet (6)

25. Cher performance held in church nursery (6)

Down

1. Leave Don’s cab to be repaired (7)

2. Jack meets Donna, lost in desert (7)

3. Bookmaker providing breakfast, perhaps (5)

4. Capone, thrown out of the country, finds another (7)

5. Sudden movement at front of room (5)

6. Work in a transplant unit? (5)

9. Something put in the pen (9)

14. Pointers I lose round part of Lancs. (7)

15. Plan for company officer to appear at court (7)

16. It helps with intake when one is going under (7)

19. Imagine not being in the picture! (5)

20. The one on the other side (5)

21. Tiler repairing a certain amount (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Take away (6)

8. Frolic (6)

10. Alien (7)

11. Carrying chair (5)

12. Gang (4)

13. Riddle (5)

17. Devout (5)

18. Desire (4)

22. Twist (5)

23. Idea (7)

24. Sheen (6)

25. Revenue (6)

Down

1. Preamble (7)

2. Tidy (7)

3. Shun (5)

4. Inert (7)

5. Dwelling (5)

6. Dull (5)

9. Great age (9)

14. Image (7)

15. Realm (7)

16. Sparkle (7)

19. Bulge (5)

20. Poetry (5)

21. Shared (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 3 Haphazard; 8 Drub; 9 Rainmaker; 10 Pecker; 11 Chaos; 14 Aisle; 15 Thin; 16 Llama; 18 Ling; 20 Piper; 21 Duchy; 24 Glared; 25 Ginger ale; 26 Ecru; 27 Colonnade. Down: 1 Adaptable; 2 Quicksand; 4 Ajar; 5 Hunch; 6 Zealot; 7 Reel; 9 Rebel; 11 Crazy; 12 Shipwreck; 13 Snare drum; 17 Apple; 19 Gung ho; 22 Huron; 23 Giro; 24 Glad.

QUICK

Across: 3 Ostracise; 8 Next; 9 Behaviour; 10 Emblem; 11 Shied; 14 Large; 15 Deft; 16 Truss; 18 Deny; 20 Cheer; 21 Tempt; 24 Brutal; 25 Burlesque; 26 Oven; 27 Knowledge. Down: 1 Interlude; 2 Exuberant; 4 Stem; 5 Reach; 6 Chided; 7 Snub; 9 Beret; 11 Stunt; 12 Detective; 13 Startling; 17 Scare; 19 Yellow; 22 Paste; 23 Turn; 24 Bung.