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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Sulk - because of being removed from the board? (4)

3. One beat for two - and the rest for 5 down (4-4)

9. Slatted like the Art Gallery? (7)

10. Neatness of command (5)

11. Hobby for itchy palms? (5-7)

13. Limp aid for the stiff (6)

15. Not so distant shutter (6)

17. Holiday teach-in? (7-5)

20. Food fit for the trash-can? (5)

21. Knocked off the corner? Adjust - do under (7)

22. Small time, only half in intricate detail (8)

23. Fewer take on lesson (4)

Down

1. Fifty per cent return in 5 down? (4-4)

2. Football Association against United Nations - a beastly assembly (5)

4. It’s ‘arder, apparently, where the ‘eart’s concerned (6)

5. Pay the bill, dance on the striker - and get a kick out of it! (8-4)

6. Moves marginally and makes some impression (7)

7. Can a nuclear scientist produce organs? (4)

8. Get angry over the water rate? (5-7)

12. Chairs press round, die confused (8)

14. Love put Ian in a state of paradise (7)

16. Starry eyed in the last rally? (6)

18. Turn paddle, lose pinhead (5)

19. Hold back the blooming supporter (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Kill (4)

3. Precise (8)

9. Suggest (7)

10. Dig (5)

11. Scottish dance (8,4)

13. Pay back (6)

15. Merry (6)

17. Alliances (12)

20. Oblivion (5)

21. Builder (7)

22. Parasol (8)

23. Responsibility (4)

Down

1. Precious stone (8)

2. Amid (5)

4. Purifies (6)

5. Undergarments (12)

6. Indisposition (7)

7. Level (4)

8. Voting stall (7,5)

12. Blames (8)

14. Servant (7)

16. Really (6)

18. Frequently (5)

19. In addition (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Accomplish; 7 Brass; 8 Details; 10 Amenable; 11 Purr; 13 Dismal; 15 Govern; 17 Lobe; 18 Slap-dash; 21 Written; 22 Sisal; 23 Very nearly.

Down: 1 Amaze; 2 Castaway; 3 Meddle; 4 Loth; 5 Seizure; 6 Ebb and flow; 9 Stronghold; 12 Composer; 14 Sublime; 16 Flange; 19 Assay; 20 Stay.

QUICK

Across: 1 Somnolence; 7 Cheer; 8 Transit; 10 Overseer; 11 Ruin; 13 Nearly; 15 Grieve; 17 Alas; 18 Toboggan; 21 Toddler; 22 Amiss; 23 Ingredient.

Down: 1 Sieve; 2 Morosely; 3 Outset; 4 Elan; 5 Costume; 6 Accountant; 9 Tenderness; 12 Arrogate; 14 Abandon; 16 Horrid; 19 Guilt; 20 Slur.