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Today’s grid.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

6. Make trouble about rider’s start - he’s put his foot in it! (7)

7. No easy chairs for the magistrates (5)

9. Spin out either way (3)

10. They are strange merits, yes? (9)

12. Secure an article with it (and obtain it for selling feathers?) (4,7)

15. Shopkeeper may have to do it, if there has been some! (5-6)

17. Gets right away to church to comply (9)

19. Bark returning in middle of 12 (3)

21. Behaviour of the fellows, we hear (5)

22. Cart nevertheless reversing round the register (7)

Down

1. Bet on the post ... (5)

2. ... partly parcel post, part of circle (3)

3. Youngster, we hear, makes a mark on the water (4)

4. Damage neat point in notch (9)

5. Projects and protects - from ... (7)

8. ... assault at strategic move, perhaps (6)

11. Study series of lectures in large hall (9)

13. Cook has a grater need for it! (6)

14. Bill-poster may, but it’s illegal by road (5,2)

16. Vacillate, like someone bidding goodbye? (5)

18 And 20 Down. Universal remedy has universal head in collar arrangement (4-3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Head-on (7)

7. Frogman (5)

9. Fitting (3)

10. Disturb (9)

12. Fictitious (3-8)

15. Blessing (11)

17. Pernicious (9)

19. Loose (3)

21. Climb (5)

22. Roundabout (7)

Down

1. Search (5)

2. Extremity (3)

3. Chief (4)

4. Oscillation (9)

5. Snake (7)

8. Oppose (6)

11. Anticipate (9)

13. Eatable (6)

14. Propriety (7)

16. Uncertain (5)

18. Want (4)

20. Compete (3)

Wednesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 7 Next to nothing; 8 Cockatoo; 9 Lawn; 10 Patrol; 12 Set off; 14 Sewing; 16 Sentry; 18 Plot; 20 Throttle; 22 Booking office.

Down: 1 Desolate; 2 Stoker; 3 Bolt; 4 Colossus; 5 Chalet; 6 Snow; 11 Lighting; 13 Forelock; 15 Intake; 17 Notify; 19 Loom; 21 Rook.

QUICK

Across: 7 Inland Revenue; 8 Indigent; 9 Idle; 10 Career; 12 Innate; 14 Debris; 16 Tirade; 18 Mean; 20 Reticent; 22 The White House.

Down: 1 Inundate; 2 Malice; 3 Edge; 4 Restrict; 5 Region; 6 Pull; 11 Restrain; 13 Tidiness; 15 Renown; 17 Reckon; 19 Echo; 21 Tier.