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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Impressive acting men if in a play (11)

9. Use violence on a sailor, we hear (7)

10. One very large when it comes in brown (5)

11. Possibly rude, soft-centred deceiver (5)

12. Sired an unreliable swimmer (7)

13. Very eager to go into the garden to work (6)

15. Heavy drinker holding a beast in joint (6)

18. One who points the finger cares about protecting copper (7)

20. It has a certain value in 22 (5)

22. State of mind I always get into (5)

23. Gin and choc mixture consumed in Italy (7)

24. P.C. trained me to get out of a scrape (11)

Down

2. Pose a problem for a story-teller (5)

3. Elementary particle no tuner can adjust (7)

4. Obsession in deciding where the buffet is held (6)

5. Provide food for Tom before meeting the Queen (5)

6. Duck spotting outside the hotel (7)

7. Returning first-class, there’s bar aid for us round a Middle Eastern state (5,6)

8. Theatre number (11)

14. Settling point (7)

16. Type of hairstyle for going inside to entertain (7)

17. First time the smoke came up was disastrous! (6)

19. She starts being difficult, causing slight fragmentation (5)

21. Accountant left his pen outside, the nut! (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Anticipated (11)

9. Sanction (7)

10. Chalet (5)

11. Attend (5)

12. Offender (7)

13. Agitate (6)

15. Recover losses (6)

18. Trade (7)

20. About (5)

22. Essential (5)

23. Littoral (7)

24. Deal (11)

Down

2. Command (5)

3. Serious (7)

4. Ditch (6)

5. Nearby (5)

6. Ban (7)

7. Outlook (11)

8. Inescapable (11)

14. Gossip (7)

16. Charm (7)

17. Shrub (6)

19. Criminal (5)

21. Proportion (5)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Sooner; 4 Cliche; 9 Unfashionable; 10 Vandyke; 11 Ounce; 12 Osier; 14 Knots; 18 Thong; 19 Average; 21 Take liberties; 22 Enrapt; 23 Brogue.

Down: 1 Scurvy; 2 Off one’s rocker; 3 Essay; 5 Lincoln; 6 Cabinet-making; 7 Evened; 8 Lifer; 13 Egg flip; 15 Statue; 16 Bambi; 17 Lessee; 20 Error.

QUICK

Across: 1 Excuse; 4 Scrimp; 9 Airs and graces; 10 Scorpio; 11 Ample; 12 Coven; 14 Clock; 18 Await; 19 Startle; 21 Prime Minister; 22 Tender; 23 Needle.

Down: 1 Elapse; 2 Corroboration; 3 Sharp; 5 Curtail; 6 Incapacitated; 7 Pester; 8 Idiot; 13 Extreme; 15 Carpet; 16 Aspic; 17 Hearse; 20 Agile.