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Today’s grid.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

1. Sycophantic colour? (4)

3. Wholesale slaughter of an assemblage on an area of land (8)

9. It’s an illusion that many take a long time after him (7)

10. Entertain in the morning and give employment (5)

11. Try out international cricketers, perhaps (3,2,3,4)

13. Chirper, commander-in-chief, and girl (6)

15. Is the husband who is said to be faithless a liar? (6)

17. Unite print or make the break (12)

20. Squeeze newspaper men (5)

21. Being risked (like Joan of Arc?) (2,5)

22. Noted tea will explode! (8)

23. Glass found in Flensburg (4)

Down

1. Cosmetic enabling one to look wolves straight in the eye? (4-4)

2. In which the hands are usually up to tricks (5)

4. Yes - about the track there is lack of interest (6)

5. Apparently opening mail where runners line up (8-4)

6. There’s a rider to it: there’s nothing in somebody who swears (7)

7. No time for being odd (4)

8. You obviously don’t head the list of people (6,6)

12. Girl gets in a muddle through illiberality (8)

14. 100 being tried in competition (7)

16. I leave the trainer confused and wandering (6)

18. I scold, being angry (5)

19. Some furious pedestrians hurried (4)

Quick puzzle

Across

1. Discourteous (4)

3. Traveller (8)

9. Scramble (7)

10. Curved (5)

11. Ugly (12)

13. Sprinkle (6)

15. Edict (6)

17. Loving (12)

20. Language (5)

21. Illness (7)

22. Loathing (8)

23. Strap (4)

Down

1. Resort (8)

2. Play (5)

4. Overseas (6)

5. Be pessimistic (4,3,5)

6. Recuperate (7)

7. Travel (4)

8. Unruly (12)

12. Building (8)

14. Crime (7)

16. Atelier (6)

18. Yawning (5)

19. Excuse (4)

Friday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Breathless; 7 Lying; 8 Cast out; 10 Colander; 11 Calm; 13 Racket; 15 Streak; 17 Cope; 18 Audience; 21 Laid off; 22 Paste; 23 Wedding-day.

Down: 1 Brill; 2 Engineer; 3 Tacked; 4 Last; 5 Storage; 6 Electrical; 9 Time-keeper; 12 Stripped; 14 Captive; 16 Puffin; 19 Nasty; 20 Mood.

QUICK

Across: 1 Repentance; 7 Eaves; 8 Mariner; 10 Extruded; 11 Help; 13 Tossed; 15 Mortar; 17 Brew; 18 Prospect; 21 Express; 22 Bravo; 23 Persistent.

Down: 1 Rivet; 2 Postures; 3 Number; 4 Aura; 5 Contest; 6 Detestable; 9 Reparation; 12 Possible; 14 Steeple; 16 Crisis; 19 Exalt; 20 Mess.