11 minutes needed here to complete an interesting QC full of great surfaces. In addition to familiar QC fare, there are a few twists in the parsing which would have made Agatha Christie happy. I refer particularly to 8ac but 5dn and 18ac also stopped me in my tracks for some time. I wonder if this puzzle will split along expert/newcomer lines - your posts are awaited with anticipation.
Definitions, where included, are from Collins.( Collapse )