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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

6. Talk with Queen about leader of the House (7)

7. Instruction in class (5)

9. Having a ball in this world (5)

10. Wily Anne’s about to captivate (7)

12. Current carrier of the seas? (8,3)

14. Terrible ice-men hit Ma in the Tardis, perhaps (4-7)

18. Get the bird at the check-in? (7)

19. Collapsible seats would be an advantage (5)

21. Rambling tour over top of Redruth in Cornwall (5)

22. Plant poison on edge of close (7)

Down

1. Period of enchantment? (5)

2. Hook is ‘L’ shaped to catch fish (6)

3. Take the rest of the night in it (3)

4. Smoother, I see, and sarcastic (6)

5. Dog persistent chap (7)

8. Said to be an irritable state of chaos (7)

11. It’s a handy tool for redecorating rep’s car (7)

13. Can trumpet arrival of flashy gambler (7)

15. Scarper over bottomless, steep slope (6)

16. Snuggle into refuge with the French (6)

17. American girl who’s very fruity? (5)

20. He’s again getting cross (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Atrocious (7)

7. A twist (5)

9. Buffoon (5)

10. Attribute (7)

12. Simplicity (11)

14. Blessing (11)

18. Storm (7)

19. Expel (5)

21. Thin (5)

22. Appease (7)

Down

1. Respond (5)

2. Solution (6)

3. Prosecute (3)

4. Morose (6)

5. Remonstrate (7)

8. Throb (7)

11. Oval (7)

13. Sundry (7)

15. Swell (6)

16. Purpose (6)

17. Sharp (5)

20. Sick (3)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Antler; 4 Warden; 9 Orange-blossom; 10 Referee; 11 Alive; 12 Score; 14 Dodge; 18 Loins; 19 Elation; 21 School-teacher; 22 Tested; 23 Needle.

Down: 1 Aboard; 2 Traffic lights; 3 Eager; 5 Avocado; 6 Distinguished; 7 Number; 8 Abbey; 13 Restore; 15 Closet; 16 Teeth; 17 Untrue; 20 Agate.

QUICK

Across: 1 Mature; 4 Sponge; 9 Dermatologist; 10 Spectre; 11 Other; 12 Pouch; 14 Aglow; 18 Owner; 19 Adverse; 21 Surreptitious; 22 Padded; 23 Bridge.

Down: 1 Modest; 2 Three-cornered; 3 React; 5 Prolong; 6 Neighbourhood; 7 Entire; 8 Hovel; 13 Cortege; 15 Gossip; 16 Waste; 17 Lessee; 20 Voter.