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June 28th, 2019

Quick Cryptic 1384 by Joker

Mainly straightforward with a couple of stiffer ones. It took me a while to spot 4dn, tried to put a Y in 8ac because it's too early in the morning and I can't spell. a shade under 10 minutes for me.





Across
1 Like beauty of elaborate pine desk (4-4)
SKIN-DEEP - anagram ('elaborate') of PINE DESK
5 Potato with small pudding (4)
SPUD - S + PUD
8 Prince confused about His Excellency’s code (8)
ENCIPHER - anagram ('confused') of PRINCE with HE (His Excellency) inside. HE is often indicated by 'ambassador' in the 15x15
9 Good, clear network (4)
GRID -G + RID
11 Some concur I offer something odd (5)
CURIO - hidden word, indicated by the classic trigger 'some': conCUR I Offer
12 Acquire professional remedy (7)
PROCURE - PRO + CURE
13 Sycophant men say needs to change (3,3)
YES MAN - anagram ('needs to change') of MEN SAY
15 Measurement system encountered has even elements of pre-Inca (6)
METRIC - MET + alternate letters of pRe-InCa
18 Note less industrious glass fitter (7)
GLAZIER - G + LAZIER
19 Walkway in supermarket is dividing beer (5)
AISLE - IS inside ALE
21 Certainly, old girl (4)
OKAY - O (old) + KAY (girl)
22 Lionheart losing head and running? Not him (8)
ANTIHERO - anagram ('running') of (L)IONHEART without the first letter
23 Initially mixed with everybody in shopping area (4)
MALL - M (first letter of MIXED) + ALL
24 Relaxed first gesture from conductor (8)
DOWNBEAT - double definition

Down
1 Son sailing boat on Friday, ultimately a bit rough (7)
SKETCHY - S + KETCH (two-masted sailing boat) + Y (last letter of FRIDAY)
2 Suffer with one new dog that’s aggressive (5)
INCUR - I + N + CUR
3 Like foreign relations getting certificate on time, I note (10)
DIPLOMATIC - DIPLOMA + T + I + C (note)
4 Central indexing deemed acceptable for one paying no tax (6)
EXEMPT - This might trip up a few. It's the central two letters of three words: indEXing deEMed accePTable
6 Sound of contentment about girl’s follower (7)
PURSUER - PURR with SUE inside
7 Avoid Venetian magistrate imprisoning daughter (5)
DODGE - DOGE with D inside
10 Restraint in allocation under way (10)
MODERATION - MODE (way) + RATION
14 Coastal barrier cutting velocity of rising waves and everything (3,4)
SEA WALL - 'waves' rising would be SEVAW, cut V for velocity makes SEAW, add ALL for everything
16 Revolutionary part of plant used in cigar (7)
CHEROOT - CHE (mass-murdering Argentine racist who I would prefer didn't appear so blandly in crosswords, let alone glorified on T-shirts) + ROOT
17 Public Record Office not working quickly (6)
PRONTO - PRO + anagram ('working') of NOT
18 Chap at wedding in grand space (5)
GROOM - G + ROOM
20 Took action against eastern leather (5)
SUEDE - SUED (took action against) + E