August 21st, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1684 by Joker

Seemed a bit chewy at the time, but is fairly straigtforward in retrospect, which means the surfaces are clever. LOI 6dn - they get me every time. Curarist's third law states that if you're completely stumped, it's probably a hidden word. One day I'll start to follow my own advice.

Across
1 A number of people run television for a county (8)
SOMERSET - SOME + R + (tv) SET
5 Cut good tree (4)
GASH - G + ASH
7 Barrier keeping tons off path (4)
RAIL - TRAIL is path, minus T for tons
8 Explosive is key anytime, unfortunately (8)
DYNAMITE - D + anagram ('unfortunately') of ANYTIME
9 Wide-ranging elite, 300 in Rome are upset (8)
ECLECTIC - anagram ('are upset') of ELITE + CCC (300 in Rome)
11 Unit working with energy (3)
ONE - ON + E
13 Union rioting about cold papal emissary (6)
NUNCIO - anagram ('rioting') of UNION + C
16 Ancient European in for a top Olympic medal (3-3)
AGE-OLD - A + GOLD with E inside
18 Marine mammal mostly seen here (3)
SEA - short for SEAL
19 Forking out pence in mailing? (8)
SPENDING - P inside SENDING
20 Be undersized and run down (8)
BELITTLE - double definition
22 Call for a young man in uniform (4)
PAGE - double definition
23 Man, say, is left with ecstasy (4)
ISLE - IS + L + E
24 Concern with bus in Essex dropping last two off (8)
BUSINESS - hidden word BUS IN ESS(ex)
Down
1 Doctor has son to encourage (7)
SURGEON - S + URGE ON
2 Mother queuing up to take drugs (8)
MAINLINE - MA IN LINE
3 Revolutionary is outside rabble-rousing? (9)
SEDITIOUS - anagram ('revolutionary') of IS OUTSIDE
4 One hundred to an indefinite number (3)
TON - TO + N
5 Idiot turned up with what may be Oxford detective (7)
GUMSHOE - MUG backwards + SHOE. ('Oxford' in crosswords ALWAYS means shoe)
6 Bag carried by fans at Chelsea (7)
SATCHEL - hidden word: fanS AT CHELsea. Stared at this for ages.
10 Never-ending scales, see, when playing (9)
CEASELESS - anagram ('playing') of SCALES SEA
12 Name talkative bird in short comment (8)
NOMINATE - MINA is a talkative bird, inside NOTE
14 Pointless to exploit fewer (7)
USELESS - USE LESS
15 Upset with what one needs to know when buying headgear (7)
CAPSIZE - self explanatory
17 Stray remark that’s critical over topless robe (7)
DIGRESS - DIG + (d)RESS
21 Volunteers beginning of Bungalow Bill (3)
TAB - TA + B