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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Yet it’s wrong to imitate anything like this (9)

8. Stern fellow in a row (3)

9. Unhappy animal from N. America (7,4)

11. Answers which may be dispensed with (7)

12. Statute has two points that need cutting (5)

13. Not what one expects from a good writer (6)

15. He takes great interest in your need for cash (6)

17. Girl of the month (5)

18. Sticks together one hundred pages (7)

20. Following page in the marriage service (5-6)

22. Were lacking a leader before (3)

23. Simple conditions a purchaser may like to have (4,5)

Down

2. A gold-plated propeller-blade (3)

3. It’s often in hot water or a scrape (5)

4. Yet gas could make one most happy! (6)

5. The gardener likes to see it overgrown (7)

6. Propeller tool? (11)

7. Disclosures made by photographers (9)

10. He may be required to give an explanation (11)

11. Jack took a break outside and then went back to work (9)

14. Few real changes are needed to produce prosperity (7)

16. They may be nasty demonstrations, though in play (6)

19. Build straight up (5)

21. Wood used in barrel making (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Brevity (9)

8. Lengthen (3)

9. Eccentricity (11)

11. Remark (7)

12. Earlier (5)

13. Mix (6)

15. Leave (6)

17. Change (5)

18. Brass worker (7)

20. Book-keeping (11)

22. Extinguished (3)

23. To the letter (9)

Down

2. Strike (3)

3. Strained (5)

4. Happenings (6)

5. Spire (7)

6. Journey’s end (11)

7. Dynamo (9)

10. Protest (11)

11. Mate (9)

14. Songlike (7)

16. Sudden (6)

19. Stage-player (5)

21. Pass (3)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Scrap; 4 Traffic; 8 Chianti; 9 Tight; 10 Ales; 11 Good deal; 13 Deed; 14 Stet; 16 Instance; 17 Thee; 20 Brain; 21 Noticed; 22 Returns; 23 Poser.

Down: 1 Social climber; 2 Raise; 3 Pony; 4 Tailor; 5 Antidote; 6 Figment; 7 Cattle breeder; 12 Retainer; 13 Distant; 15 Scents; 18 Hacks; 19 Step.

QUICK

Across: 1 Power; 4 Recline; 8 Insipid; 9 Slant; 10 Abet; 11 Occasion; 13 Digs; 14 Stay; 16 Restrain; 17 Rise; 20 Place; 21 Grumble; 22 Correct; 23 Guess.

Down: 1 Philanthropic; 2 Waste; 3 Ripe; 4 Reduce; 5 Casualty; 6 Inanity; 7 Extensiveness; 12 Aggrieve; 13 Despair; 15 Midget; 18 Imbue; 19 Bung.