August 7th, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1674 by Pedro

Nine minutes for me, probably towards the harder end of the spectrum. 1ac and 3dn held me up. 8 dn made me smile.


Across
1 See both wandering into shops, identifying store for a later date (8)
MOTHBALL - anagram ('wandering') of BOTH inside MALL (shops)
5 Female with weapon in ranch? (4)
FARM - F + ARM
9 Strength is recalled not having been used? (5)
SINEW - IS backwards + NEW
10 Keen character at the end showing envy after Judge departs (7)
ZEALOUS - Z (character at the end) + JEALOUS minus J for judge
11 Fast-moving pedestrian waves and runs beyond girl (6-6)
ROLLER-SKATER - ROLLERS + KATE + R
13 Analyse speed of light, getting astronomical distance (6)
PARSEC - PARSE + C
15 A great many nod off when presented to bridge team (6)
DOZENS - DOZE + N + S (north and south who are a team in bridge)
17 Unprecedented cut in money received by story (12)
INCOMPARABLE - INCOM{E} + PARABLE
20 Wrecked ship? Curiously intact when one’s boarded (7)
TITANIC - anagram ('curiously') of INTACT + I
21 Silly how love and hate both end (5)
INANE - Both words end IN AN 'E'
22 I will leave New Zealand people, returning to travel (4)
ROAM - MAORI backwards minus I
23 Experts favoured limiting constant expectation (8)
PROSPECT - PROS + PET with C inside

Down
1 Chaos seen in Times Square (4)
MESS - hidden word: tiMES Square
2 Brown to depart for a dance (5)
TANGO - TAN + GO
3 Risk enveloping crazier fellows in confusion (12)
BEWILDERMENT - risk is BET, with WILDER MEN inside
4 Point in Cornwall where you’ll see reptile (6)
LIZARD - Double definition
6 A holy man enthralled by E European religious emissary (7)
APOSTLE - A + ST (holy man) inside POLE
7 Be suspicious of some nonconformist rusticated (8)
MISTRUST - hidden word: nonconforMIST RUSTicated
8 To support Conservative in boast is wrong as a reassertion of standards (4,2,6)
BACK TO BASICS - BACK + anagram ('wrong') of BOAST IS with C inside.
12 Small book producer, one doing a run (8)
SPRINTER - S + PRINTER
14 Cheese: actor appearing upset with it (7)
RICOTTA - anagram ('upset') of ACTOR + IT
16 Impudence, sitting on mother’s last item of crockery (6)
SAUCER - SAUCE (impudence) + R (last of 'mother')
18 Permission to go (5)
LEAVE - double definition
19 Run and hide (4)
PELT - double definition