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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

7. Foreign currency reduced disturbance (6)

8. Hard dirt collected in the grate (6)

10. Ivy’s an obsequious type (7)

11. French composer in a tangle (5)

12. Vulgar and noisy (4)

13. Sudden rush to satisfy the president within (5)

17. Keep inside an amateur servant (5)

18. Airs exotic garb (4)

22. Figure a gent’s up in the afternoon (5)

23. Pole is getting sick and it’s catching (7)

24. A sarcastic sequence during rehearsal (3,3)

25. Drunkard found floating in the bath? (6)

Down

1. Fool the French on the run (7)

2. Bone smell sure is bad (7)

3. Inclination to cut one off in the London area (5)

4. Hide is unknown to a point (7)

5. Long for a Conservative at a wild party (5)

6. Bomb case? (5)

9. Where we get wine from is a source of rumour (9)

14. Outcry about beginner with love in Paris (7)

15. Entails being radical and striking (7)

16. Top run at the West End (7)

19. Posed awkwardly with expensive porcelain (5)

20. She is somewhat sly about Italian bachelor (5)

21. Fashionable Italian runner, he likes taking a mud-bath (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

7. Irresponsible (6)

8. Average (6)

10. Disturb (7)

11. Thresh (5)

12. Extol (4)

13. Spacious (5)

17. Clear (5)

18. Daybreak (4)

22. Distant (5)

23. Revolving (7)

24. Critic (6)

25. Message (6)

Down

1. Swathe (7)

2. Burdensome (7)

3. Cut of meat (5)

4. Scent (7)

5. Competitor (5)

6. Little (5)

9. Debate (9)

14. Clown (7)

15. Courageous (7)

16. Nestle (7)

19. Whim (5)

20. Hillock (5)

21. Cook on a grill (5)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Pitch; 4 Touch up; 8 Aquatic; 9 Dense; 10 Cape; 11 Glorious; 13 Peat; 14 Salt; 16 Interest; 17 Agog; 20 Idols; 21 Oregano; 22 Nascent; 23 Troop.

Down: 1 Peak condition; 2 Trump; 3 Hate; 4 Tickle; 5 Under way; 6 Hand-out; 7 Pressure group; 12 Fair Isle; 13 Potions; 15 Escort; 18 Guano; 19 Meat.

QUICK

Across: 1 Upset; 4 Raucous; 8 Imperil; 9 Shear; 10 Peak; 11 Asterisk; 13 Glen; 14 Flog; 16 Heavenly; 17 Ague; 20 Brier; 21 Warlock; 22 Earthly; 23 Spear.

Down: 1 Unimpeachable; 2 Sepia; 3 Tart; 4 Relish; 5 Unseemly; 6 Opening; 7 Strike-breaker; 12 Research; 13 Glacier; 15 Slowly; 18 Grove; 19 Eros.