Double Crossword

Choice of cryptic or quick puzzle, and (just in case you’ve been wracking your brains) yesterday’s solutions.

Cryptic puzzle

Across

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6. A prize that will wither away (7)

7. Article in quantity of colouring matter (5)

9. Composer of “Tinsel Garlands” (5)

10. One letter for underwear (7)

12. Reigning - not he? Not her! (2,3,6)

14. Cheat XX (6-5)

18. Make an attack on U.S. atlas (7)

19. Bore makes doctor unwell (5)

21. Fellow who makes a cut? (5)

22. Vice-emperor on the downward path? (7)

Down

1. Liquor apparatus isn’t working (5)

2. Kill graduate to get estate (6)

3. What have you initially and for what reason? (3)

4. The peril of the garden (6)

5. Deduce there isn’t a conflagration (7)

8. Man’s Conservative past? (7)

11. Mainly according to the leader? (7)

13. Study the only comfort (7)

15. Liquor is trade mark of youth leader? (6)

16. Industrial action is a hit! (6)

17. A 50 to 1 chance of being on one’s own (5)

20. Objective at one in the morning? (3)

Quick puzzle

Across

6. Sly (7)

7. Fire (5)

9. Scope (5)

10. Idiotic (7)

12. Ill-will (11)

14. Unravel (11)

18. Childish (7)

19. Pale (5)

21. Coalesce (5)

22. Cheer (7)

Down

1. Rustic (5)

2. Riddle (6)

3. Tavern (3)

4. Opportunity (6)

5. Join (7)

8. Amaze (7)

11. Fruitful (7)

13. Brook (7)

15. Infuriate (6)

16. Gloss (6)

17. Revolt (5)

20. Charge (3)

Tuesday’s solutions

CRYPTIC

Across: 1 Average out; 7 Pitch; 8 Loathed; 10 Recorder; 11 Stye; 13 Pillar; 15 Nights; 17 Ribs; 18 Distaste; 21 Stretch; 22 Roues; 23 Play truant.

Down: 1 Attic; 2 Ethereal; 3 Allied; 4 Edam; 5 Unhitch; 6 Spare parts; 9 Dress sense; 12 Victoria; 14 Liberal; 16 Wither; 19 Shunt; 20 Stay.

QUICK

Across: 1 Hovercraft; 7 Feign; 8 Distend; 10 Entirely; 11 Miss; 13 Incite; 15 Danger; 17 Abut; 18 Separate; 21 Epistle; 22 Growl; 23 Engagement.

Down: 1 Hoist; 2 Venerate; 3 Riddle; 4 Rasp; 5 Feeling; 6 Effeminate; 9 Disorderly; 12 Harangue; 14 Caution; 16 Recede; 19 About; 20 Etna.