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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Chops claim in pieces to fulfil (10)

7. The effrontery of some musicians! (5)

8. Gives minute instructions, and removes the appendages (7)

10. Ready to be won over when last word has competent following (8)

11. For each, a sound - a sound of feline contentment (4)

13. Gloomy face about return of manuscript (6)

15. Control to be found in taking over new company (6)

17. Throw up high note for this part of an organ (4)

18. Smack with gusto, but carelessly (4-4)

21. Penned bird upset in another bird (7)

22. One girl returns about the fibre (5)

23. Almost two o’clock in the morning, perhaps, around the north (4,6)

Down

1. A labyrinth to flabbergast (5)

2. Rejected theatrical company on holiday? (8)

3. Interfere with the decoration, we hear (6)

4. Reluctant (to purchase what may be eighth item in auction?) (4)

5. Capture a sudden attack of illness (7)

6. Be back before musicians return non-harmonic note for a watery movement (3,3,4)

9. Fortification possessed by heavyweight wrestler? (10)

12. Having 21 music, he has almost arrived before the question (8)

14. Exalted but not top-quality fruit (7)

16. Sort of tart gets half on a wheel, possibly (6)

19. Test, as for example ... (5)

20. ... test a youngster, in part, for support (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Drowsiness (10)

7. Encourage (5)

8. Passage (7)

10. Foreman (8)

11. Downfall (4)

13. Almost (6)

15. Mourn (6)

17. Sad to say (4)

18. Sledge (8)

21. Tiny tot (7)

22. Wrong (5)

23. Component (10)

Down

1. Riddle (5)

2. Sullenly (8)

3. Beginning (6)

4. Vivacity (4)

5. Dress (7)

6. Book-keeper (10)

9. Compassion (10)

12. Claim unduly (8)

14. Desert (7)

16. Frightful (6)

19. Sinfulness (5)

20. Aspersion (4)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 6 Tuesday; 7 Scamp; 9 Old; 10 Demagogue; 12 Grasshopper; 15 Rhode Island; 17 Penthouse; 19 Job; 21 Visor; 22 Jubilee.

Down: 1 Quilt; 2 Use; 3 Jade; 4 Accompany; 5 Amputee; 8 Rachel; 11 Tradition; 13 Sailor; 14 Phoenix; 16 Model; 18 Shun; 20 Wit

QUICK

Across: 6 Whimper; 7 Depot; 9 Low; 10 Terrorise; 12 Consignment; 15 Magnificent; 17 Inflation; 19 Sag; 21 Pause; 22 Rapport.

Down: 1 Throb; 2 Imp; 3 Fete; 4 Reprimand; 5 Consent; 8 Tragic; 11 Pointless; 13 Safety; 14 Gainsay; 16 Fairy; 18 Oral; 20 Apt.