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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

4. Father returned to confirm the evidence and express satisfaction (7)

8. A wild beast becomes less disturbed (6)

9. Colonel-in-chief includes filly in the big race (7)

10 And 23 Across. Enter selected military unit and explain the minutiae (2,4,6)

11. One working on the farm is a craft director (6)

12. The angler is holding a bicycle (8)

18. Tip up public ash container (8)

20. Shut up when the Afghan language is translated (6)

21. Mowed a different piece of grassland (6)

22. See 2 Down

23. See 10 Across

24. Object the potter’s reshaped (7)

Down

1. They go off sausages (7)

2 And 22 Across. Is it committed by a London gang? (7,7)

3. Plumbers are needed to measure them (6)

5. Tropical feature from Lampeter (4-4)

6. Take stock, but get the wrong result (6)

7 And 17 Down. A menace in the nunnery? (6,6)

13. Completely defeats when recounts are revised (8)

14. It casts a shadow on the present time (3-4)

15. Where the writer got his material from (3-4)

16. It polishes a shock absorber (6)

17. See 7 Down

19. It’s illegally used for smoking jacket! (6)

Quick puzzle

Across

4. Crack (7)

8. Exhilarated (6)

9. Greed (7)

10. Wept (6)

11. Nakedness (6)

12. Watchful (8)

18. Round (8)

20. Office (6)

21. Burrow (6)

22. Unaffected (7)

23. Shut (6)

24. Ebbed (7)

Down

1. Thoughtful (7)

2. Rubbish (7)

3. Disclose (6)

5. Devisor (8)

6. Step (6)

7. Relate (6)

13. Correct (8)

14. Malady (7)

15. Introduction (7)

16. Clergyman (6)

17. Renew (6)

19. Pair (6)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Fare; 3 Fast work; 9 Account; 10 Often; 11 Nest of tables; 13 Sheath; 15 Hebrew; 17 Profit margin; 20 Elite; 21 Awesome; 22 Figurine; 23 Stay.

Down: 1 Flatness; 2 Rocks; 4 Astute; 5 Trouble-maker; 6 Outwear; 7 Kind; 8 Put out of gear; 12 Swannery; 14 Ear-ring; 16 At dawn; 18 Ghost; 19 Deaf.

QUICK

Across: 1 Jibe; 3 Concedes; 9 Reserve; 10 Vicar; 11 Misadventure; 13 Assume; 15 Murmur; 17 Fountain-head; 20 Roman; 21 Passing; 22 Wanderer; 23 Feel.

Down: 1 Jeremiad; 2 Basis; 4 Opener; 5 Covetousness; 6 Decorum; 7 Sure; 8 Predominance; 12 Prodigal; 14 Showman; 16 Sample; 18 Exile; 19 Grow.