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Quick Cryptic 767 by Mara

Mine was a fairly uninspiring performance in solving what was a light and breezy puzzle. Nothing in particular held me up, just not in the groove, I suspect. I had to wait until blogging to parse 11ac, but all is very fair and well signposted. Combined with the two long anagrams and a lack of obscurities, I hope it is popular with other relative newbies.

I think 6dn is a semi&lit, in that the first part of the clue is required for the definition as well as being the wordplay. Happy to be corrected on this, though, along with any stray errors!

Definitions underlined.


Across
7 People, great nuisance (6)
MENACE - MEN (people) and ACE (great).
8 Endless dust on old, old book of the Bible (6)
EXODUS - DUSt without final letter (endless) on EX (old) and O (old).
9 Capital in Helsinki, evidently (4)
KIEV - hidden in helsinKI EVidently.
10 Something left outside tavern in France, say? (8)
REPUBLIC - RELIC (something left) surrounding (outside) PUB (tavern).
11 Tom gets to grips with problem conversation (4-4)
CHIT-CHAT - CAT (tom) surrounding (gets to grips with) HITCH (problem).
13 Knocked over giant, thus (4)
ERGO - reversal of (knocked over) OGRE (giant).
15 Threesome heading for Tokyo, Olympic city (4)
TRIO - first letter of (heading for) Tokyo with RIO (olympic city).
16 Help us to carry box for Greek philosopher (8)
SOCRATES - SOS (help us) surrounding (to carry) CRATE (box).
18 Rum, is it? A tipsy dessert! (8)
TIRAMISU - anagram of (tipsy) RUM IS IT A.
20 Thoughtful sort (4)
KIND - double definition.
21 Male entering hairdresser’s? That’s fishy! (6)
SALMON - M (male) inside (entering) SALON (hairdresser’s)
22 Sausage black — outrage! (6)
BANGER - B (black) and ANGER (outrage).


Down
1 Month in Portugal starts: that woman's break (8)
DECIPHER - DEC (december, month), first letter (starts) of In Portugal, and HER (that woman).
2 Reformed Navy, a moralist Christian organisation (9,4)
SALVATION ARMY - anagram of (reformed) NAVY A MORALIST.
3 Shortage beginning to destroy planet (6)
DEARTH - first letter of (beginning to) Destroy and EARTH (planet).
4 Tyrant posted abroad (6)
DESPOT - anagram of (abroad) POSTED.
5 Causing obstruction with a car loading up, kerb obscured (6-7)
DOUBLE-PARKING - anagram of (obscured) LOADING UP KERB.
6 Peaks in fact undeniably Japanese icons — one of those? (4)
FUJI - first letters of (peaks in) Fact Undeniably Japanese Icons.
12 A party in trouble (3)
ADO - A and DO (party).
14 Teenager mixed drink (5,3)
GREEN TEA - anagram of (mixed) TEENAGER.
16 Lean out of empty shack in New York (6)
SKINNY - first and last letters of (empty) ShacK, with IN and NY (new york).
17 Fat head of cheating partner (6)
CHUBBY - first letter (head) of Cheating and HUBBY (partner).
19 I was in charge of Asian nation (4)
IRAN - I and RAN (was in charge of)
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