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Quick Cryptic Number 214 by Izetti

I really enjoyed this puzzle, which I found to be slightly more difficult than average. It just seems polished and neat, with many words used in unfamiliar and interesting ways. The material (that’s appeared here recently), a posh girl, a rubbish sportsman, a French word that isn't "the", and a lovely word for a plant shoot all made me think and smile. COD to 8dn for a great surface and anagram fodder, only just ahead of 3dn in my opinion. I spent several minutes with just 10ac remaining; the word is new to me.

As you can see, I have included the clue here in the blog, as many others now do. I hope I haven’t made a rod for my own back with the attempt to make my write-ups clearer - if anyone knows of an easier way to extract clues without having to type them, or has any thoughts on how I can make my posts better/more consistent in 2015, I’d be glad to know.

Definitions underlined.

Across
1 Panic about risk ultimately with fashionable cosmetic treatment (8)
SKINCARE - SCARE (panic) around K (risK, ultimately) with IN (fashionable).
5 Has snow melted? (4)
OWNS - anagram (melted) of SNOW.
9 Contamination — it is not very common (5)
TAINT - ’it is not’ said with a very common accent.
10 Pirate's vulgar tone evident to listener (7)
CORSAIR - homophone (evident to listener) of “coarse air” (vulgar tone).
11 Member posh girl pushed around (3)
LEG - reversal (pushed around) of GEL (posh girl).
12 Once again going over material at the meal table? (9)
REPEATING - REP (material) plus EATING (likely reason for being at the meal table).
13 Incompetent performer’s talk (6)
RABBIT - double definition.
15 Outside a little beast, inside the girl's a little angel? (6)
CHERUB - on the outside is CUB (infant animal, little beast), and on the inside is HER (the girl's).
17 I wrote all about a bathroom feature (5-4)
TOWEL-RAIL - anagram (about) of I WROTE ALL.
19 The nest is home to this bird (3)
HEN - hidden in tHE Nest.
20 Sketch left by man (7)
PORTRAY - PORT (left) by RAY (a man’s name)
21 Dance held by generous ambassador (5)
SAMBA - hidden in generouS AMBAssador.
22 Party repeatedly gets the bird — dead long ago (4)
DODO - DO (party) twice (repeatedly).
23 Alienate sergeant, looking dishevelled (8)
ESTRANGE - anagram (looking dishevelled) of SERGEANT.

Down
1 Person arriving in country takes dog around lake (7)
SETTLER - SETTER (dog) around L (lake).
2 Decoration here in Paris no good (5)
ICING - ICI (‘here’ in French) plus N (no) plus G (good).
3 Provide sustenance on posts for insects (12)
CATERPILLARS - CATER (provide sustenance for) on PILLARS (posts).
4 Review harvest about to be stored (5)
RECAP - REAP (harvest) with C (circa, about) inside (stored).
6 Person with something on, I gathered, that's not so fresh (7)
WEARIER - WEARER (person with something on) with I inside (gathered).
7 Little son, goody-goody, showing a bit of growth(5)
SPRIG - S (little son) plus PRIG (goody-goody).
8 Best ale Harry’s drunk — reason why he won't risk driving? (12)
BREATHALYSER - anagram (drunk) of BEST ALE HARRY.
14 Experiencing tedium, you and I being shut in, enclosed (7)
BOWERED - BORED (experiencing tedium) with WE (you and I) put inside (being shut in).
16 Group wanting mature dress (7)
BANDAGE - BAND (group) with AGE (mature).
17 Bound, perhaps, to be recorded (5)
TAPED - double definition.
18 Pit donkey that's kept by (5)
ABYSS - ASS (donkey) holding (that’s kept) BY.
19 Person to be active, a knight (5)
HUMAN - HUM (to be active) plus A and (N (knight, chess notation).

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