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Today’s grid

Cryptic puzzle

Across

4. Withdraw from the game without handicap (7)

8. Meeting points (6)

9. Trouble about the right member of the family (7)

10. One who has his fling as a moulder (6)

11. Resident at home with a sailor (6)

12. Keep no strings attached (8)

18. Is it operated by the ring-finger? (4-4)

20. The man I see inside showing spite! (6)

21. Conscripts men for indoor game, we hear (6)

22. Everybody is in favour according to the gas-bag! (7)

23. Transport used for those who are late (6)

24. See 5 Down

Down

1. The bitterness of the private soldier, we hear (7)

2. Doesn’t press the charge, but causes an explosion (4,3)

3. Certainly not busybodies (6)

5 And 24 Across. The best qualities of a high churchman? (8,7)

6. The time that is ripe in the world of nature (6)

7. Talks about eastern racketeers (6)

13. Underground flower, like a potato! (8)

14. The sound of this would cause grief around the United Nations (7)

15. Charles X to mete out punishment (7)

16. I’m unfortunately upset by the sausage (6)

17. Headband - take the bones out of that! (6)

19. You’ll find a place for food in the cellar, Derrick (6)

Quick puzzle

Across

4. Skirmish (7)

8. Liberality (6)

9. Bill (7)

10. Ensnare (6)

11. To each (6)

12. Contract (8)

18. Splendid (8)

20. Flag (6)

21. Tuft (6)

22. Large knife (7)

23. Merry (6)

24. Distended (7)

Down

1. Lack (7)

2. Stealthy (7)

3. Stress (6)

5. Bird (8)

6. Flowery (6)

7. Madness (6)

13. Vex (8)

14. Rainy season (7)

15. Futile (7)

16. Uncultivated (6)

17. Involve (6)

19. Logic (6)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Altercation; 9 Nod; 10 Blockhead; 11 Major; 13 Install; 14 Mowers; 16 Antics; 18 Toll-bar; 19 Tinge; 20 Realising; 21 Art; 22 Death-stroke.

Down: 2 Lid; 3 Ember; 4 Chopin; 5 Takes on; 6 Operation; 7 Anemometers; 8 Adolescents; 12 Jewel-case; 15 Rebuilt; 17 Trains; 19 Tiger; 21 Auk.

QUICK

Across: 1 Odds and ends; 9 Ham; 10 Middlesex; 11 Panda; 13 Sardine; 14 Tights; 16 Result; 18 Withers; 19 Steer; 20 Reasoning; 21 Wan; 22 Recognition.

Down: 2 Dim; 3 Samba; 4 Nudist; 5 Enlarge; 6 Destitute; 7 Shop steward; 8 Expectorant; 12 Nightmare; 15 Tremolo; 17 Assign; 19 Sight; 21 Woo.