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Quick Cryptic 915 by Tracy

Tracy's offering today contains no uncommon words (apart from maybe the first definition in 22A) or complicated wordplay so I would wager solvers will find it at the straightforward end of the spectrum. However I vaguely recall that, some time ago, jackkt produced a ranking of which setters he found the hardest - Tracy's position near the easier end of that personal scale produced the most debate among other solvers, so I won't be surprised if my assessment is way off beam. COD to 17D.


The puzzle can be found here if the usual channels are unavailable: http://feeds.thetimes.co.uk/puzzles/crossword/20170911/26259/

Definitions are underlined, {} = omission

Across
1 Gloria, poorly, received by doctor in plant (8)
MARIGOLD - anagram of (poorly) GLORIA, in (received by) MD (doctor). Perhaps not Crosswordland's most common doctor abbreviation, but no doubt familiar to all from Doogie Howser.
5 Girl having a field day (4)
GALA - GAL (Girl) + A. I'm not sure I would have necessarily thought these two were the same thing, but Chambers has for gala: "1. A festivity, 2. A sporting occasion, with competitions, etc" and for field day: "1. A day when troops are taken out for instruction in field exercises, 2. A day spent on outdoor activities, 3. Any period of great activity, success or enjoyment", so there's clearly some overlap.
8 Leave, parking in narrow opening (5)
SPLIT - P (parking) in SLIT (narrow opening), with the answer slang
9 Bring information back about old soldier (7)
TROOPER - reversal of (Bring ... back) REPORT (information) about O (old)
11 A new daily, ultimately not one in particular (3)
ANY - A + N (new) + {dail}Y (daily, ultimately, i.e. the last letter of the word "daily")
12 Strengthen control by arm-twisting (9)
REINFORCE - REIN (control) + FORCE (arm-twisting)
13 Failing to change sides (6)
DEFECT - double definition, the first a noun, the second a verb
15 The French in conversation in holiday camp building (6)
CHALET - LE (The French, i.e. a French word for "the") in CHAT (conversation)
18 Singer his rector trained (9)
CHORISTER - anagram of (trained) HIS RECTOR
19 Send up a drill (3)
APE - A + PE (drill, i.e. physical education)
20 Perception, in a sense (7)
INSIGHT - IN + SIGHT (a sense)
21 Turn of phrase in papers I'm carrying round (5)
IDIOM - ID (papers) + I'M around (carrying) O (round). One of the 35 nounal definitions Chambers has for round is: "A round thing or part".
22 Egg shell (4)
BOMB - double definition, the first a slang expression for the second
23 Moving on pearls, one's own (8)
PERSONAL - anagram of (Moving) ON PEARLS


Down
1 Relish slander involving celebrity (7)
MUSTARD - MUD (slander) around (involving) STAR (celebrity)
2 Genuinely devoid of energy in comeback (5)
RALLY - R{e}ALLY (Genuinely devoid of energy, i.e. the word "really" (genuinely) without the letter "e" (energy))
3 Achieve excellent start (3,8)
GET CRACKING - GET (Achieve) + CRACKING (excellent)
4 Go wild seeing permit with tear (3,3)
LET RIP - LET (permit) + RIP (tear)
6 Clothes appear out on line (7)
APPAREL - anagram of (out) APPEAR, + L (line)
7 A European losing last match (5)
AGREE - A + GREE{k} (European losing last, i.e. the word "Greek" (European) without its last letter)
10 Loco — where one may end up after crash? (3,3,5)
OFF THE RAILS - literal interpretation referring to the other meaning of loco (i.e. a locomotive)
14 Force almost abandoned wreckage found at sea (7)
FLOTSAM - F (Force) + anagram of (abandoned) ALMOST
16 Warm weather Malta needs (7)
THERMAL - hidden in (needs) weaTHER MALta. "Needs" might seem like an odd hidden indicator, but you can't write "weather Malta" without the string of letters "thermal" inside it, hence "weather Malta" needs "thermal".
17 Astute running may get you a bronze, perhaps (6)
STATUE - anagram of (running) ASTUTE
18 Cold, member making ascent (5)
CLIMB - C (Cold) + LIMB (member)
19 Strange article about piece of fiction (5)
ALIEN - AN (article) about LIE (piece of fiction)


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