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October 4th, 2019

Quick Cryptic 1454 by Alfie

This one was fun, and a pangram no less, which helped when I was staring at 2dn and realised I still needed a Q. A good range of difficulty, 11 min for me.

Across
7 Copper outside, look, to employ a bungling inspector (8)
CLOUSEAU - Copper is CU, outside LO + USE.
8 Polish face of yellow gemstone (4)
RUBY - RUB + Y
9 Some withdrawing support sacked old world leader (6)
CASTRO - Looked at this for ages before spotting it was a reversed hidden word, despite the universal trigger word 'some'. suppORT SACked
10 Drab and dull old woman depresses you, first of all (5)
DOWDY - first letters of Dull Old Woman Depresses You
11 A sign of pride? (3)
LEO - whimsical definition. 'Sign' very often means astrological house
12 FBI agent backed objective to protect (6)
DEFEND - FED backwards + END
14 Classes rise to welcome king and son (6)
GROUPS - GO UP with R inside, then S
16 Trembling like a fish (6)
ASHAKE - AS HAKE
18 Insect that buzzes around girl in the country (6)
BELIZE - BEE round LIZ
19 Fix something to eat with bread (3)
JAM - double definition
20 Second rate garden tool that will slow you down (5)
BRAKE - B-RAKE, as opposed to the presumably higher quality A-rake
21 Warning sign about endless trouble for well owners? (6)
OILMEN - OMEN outside IL (i.e. ILL shortened)
23 This boy has turned a shade of green (4)
EMIL - LIME backwards
24 I rate inn poorly lots of years (8)
TRIENNIA - anagram ('poorly') of I RATE INN

Down
1 Fish left in straw hats (8)
BLOATERS - L inside BOATERS
2 Leave? Absolutely, but not the end (4)
QUIT - QUITE without the last letter
3 Les and Rod punished, getting flogged again (6)
RESOLD - anagram ('punished') of LES + ROD
4 Hunter’s assistant to reverse into gee-gee (6)
GUNDOG - UNDO inside G + G
5 Old pack leader’s forehead now large (5,3)
BROWN OWL - BROW NOW L, a unit commander of the scary paramilitary organisation known as the Brownies.
6 Do as told and honour Yankee (4)
OBEY - OBE + Y
13 Queen with a fur that can be removed (8)
ERASABLE - ER + A + SABLE
15 Nothing American about unusual Azeri restaurant (8)
PIZZERIA - ZIP is an American word for nothing, reversed + anagram ('unusual') of AZERI
17 Red jeep city’s regularly used for drives out (6)
EJECTS - alternate letters of rEd JeEp CiTyS
18 Bad vibe about second supporting film (1-5)
B-MOVIE - anagram ('bad') of VIBE with MO inserted
20 Little sign one’s expecting to make an impact (4)
BUMP - double definition
22 Heard couple’s cat (4)
LYNX - This one again. Sounds like LINKS