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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Dirt up, foul back (6)

4. Being dressed, returns worn cover to bed (6)

9. Place teacher - to keep controlling eye on 21 across? (13)

10. Unmated, and wild about it! (7)

11. Deliver the harvest (5)

12. A bird’s pastime (5)

14. Proper way to help (5)

18. Puller of height? (5)

19. Gambler is a pinhead thruster (7)

21. Currently charged to educate - running on preconceived lines (8,5)

22. Take the plunge, and cause a sensation (6)

23. Showing spots of meanness? (6)

Down

1. Stiff actor? Sop up and add the total (6)

2. Drawing a circle. Engine driver needing no 9 across, outmoded by 21 across (8,5)

3. I’d got one honour, so to speak (5)

5. The headshrinker has nasty latent complex - but not under canvas! (7)

6. Making sheep fritters to breach the enemy? (9,4)

7. Unhorse? What a laugh! (6)

8. A sonnet to a Pole (5)

13. Scolds wild bear set-up (7)

15. Germs around Tynehead produce horsepower (6)

16. Health resort in the country (5)

17. Like a trademark, it shows spirit (6)

20. Unite? Unravel it (5)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Sofa (6)

4. Fearful (6)

9. Short opening play (7,6)

10. Go back (7)

11. Faint-hearted (5)

12. Elevate (5)

14. Rap (5)

18. Profit (5)

19. Sweetmeat (7)

21. Raid in reply (7-6)

22. Whole (6)

23. Ignoble (6)

Down

1. Safe (6)

2. Make useful (4,2,7)

3. Rub out (5)

5. Level (7)

6. Take charge (6,7)

7. Scoff at (6)

8. Combine (5)

13. Jersey (7)

15. Trite phrase (6)

16. Notch (5)

17. Quenched (6)

20. Proportion (5)

Thursday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Deliberation; 7 Mined; 8 Clear; 9 Run; 10 Footnotes; 11 Exhale; 12 Equate; 15 Operative; 17 Boa; 18 Right; 19 Eider; 21 Secret Police.

Down: 1 Divorce court; 2 Ban; 3 Red-hot; 4 Technique; 5 Overt; 6 Cross-examine; 7 Month; 10 Film actor; 13 Amber; 14 Divest; 16 Eagle; 20 Duo.

QUICK

Across: 1 Man of letters; 7 Sight; 8 Taste; 9 Ego; 10 Archetype; 11 Occupy; 12 Casino; 15 Fabricate; 17 Sum; 18 Chain; 19 Tight; 21 Celebrations.

Down: 1 Matter-of-fact; 2 Fog; 3 Entice; 4 Title page; 5 Risky; 6 Developments; 7 Stoic; 10 Appliance; 13 Inset; 14 Batter; 16 Blare; 20 Get.