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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Fight for a bit (5)

4. The jam-making trade (7)

8. Possibly from China, it normally comes from Italy (7)

9. Very fitting description of a drunkard (5)

10. Possible sale of beers (4)

11. It means quite a lot to card-players (4,4)

13. A reversible action (4)

14. Let it stand a different test (4)

16. Put out nine cats, for example (8)

17. The letter to you in Yorkshire dialect (4)

20. It’s not in Britain, mind (5)

21. Observed how the cake wasn’t finished (7)

22. Comes back for the profit (7)

23. One enjoying showing off prose style (5)

Down

1. Gregarious mountaineer could be upwardly mobile (6,7)

2. Rear lights, by the sound of it (5)

3. An animal for £25? (4)

4. He suits his customers (6)

5. Is it taken as a remedy for lovesickness? (8)

6. Fantastic notion of gift men exchange (7)

7. The stock market depends on what he raises! (6,7)

12. Payment made for an old servant (8)

13. Far from friendly (7)

15. Smell, for example, say of perfumes (6)

18. Cuts the journalists (5)

19. Pace of returning animals (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Might (5)

4. Rest (7)

8. Tasteless (7)

9. Incline (5)

10. Assist (4)

11. Time (8)

13. Lodgings (4)

14. Support (4)

16. Curb (8)

17. Ascend (4)

20. Position (5)

21. Complain (7)

22. Right (7)

23. Conjecture (5)

Down

1. Benevolent (13)

2. Squander (5)

3. Mature (4)

4. Lessen (6)

5. Victim (8)

6. Silliness (7)

7. Wide range (13)

12. Distress (8)

13. Hopelessness (7)

15. Dwarf (6)

18. Permeate (5)

19. Stopper (4)

Monday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 3 Land-agent; 8 Yore; 9 Melodrama; 10 Domain; 11 Leash; 14 Conga; 15 Hale; 16 Nails; 18 Tang; 20 Model; 21 Trend; 24 Plains; 25 Taken root; 26 Bean; 27 Seascapes.

Down: 1 Syndicate; 2 Prominent; 4 Amen; 5 Drone; 6 Garish; 7 Name; 9 Milan; 11 Laird; 12 Hard lines; 13 Realising; 17 Smelt; 19 Greens; 22 Norma; 23 Sake; 24 Pole.

QUICK

Across: 3 Transpose; 8 Apex; 9 Worldwide; 10 Relief; 11 Sneer; 14 Canal; 15 Ream; 16 Dross; 18 Dash; 20 Knell; 21 Hardy; 24 Static; 25 Delineate; 26 Grit; 27 Judgement.

Down: 1 Barricade; 2 Replenish; 4 Roof; 5 Nylon; 6 Powder; 7 Side; 9 Weald; 11 Story; 12 Refectory; 13 Implicate; 17 Skate; 19 Having; 22 Dream; 23 Beau; 24 Stun.