September 4th, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1694 by Trelawney

Nice and easy this week. Hard to pick a winner, but I rather like 18dn for its absurd surface. 5 minutes for me.

Across
1 Greek character with naughty crime at sea (6)
PIRACY - PI + RACY
4 Factory containing last piece of satellite for Mars, perhaps (6)
PLANET - PLANT containing E
8 Significant narration (7)
TELLING - double definition
10 Scoundrel's accent not British (5)
ROGUE - Accent is BROGUE minus B for British
11 Carmen, for example, seen in Europe rarely (5)
OPERA - hidden word: EurOPE RArely
12 Heal Charlie badly with my dubious branch of science (7)
ALCHEMY - anagram ("badly") of HEAL C with MY on the end
13 Most intelligent tips from climber leaving mountain (9)
CLEVEREST - C + L (tips from Climber and Leaving) + EVEREST
17 Put down roots around a US city (7)
SEATTLE - SETTLE with A in
19 Those back to front beliefs (5)
ETHOS - THOSE with the back (the E) moved to the front.
20 Quietly must leave golf club, say (5)
UTTER - PUTTER minus P for quietly
21 Senor OK playing a game (7)
SNOOKER - anagram ("playing") of SENOR OK
22 Apprentice not starting profitable activity (6)
EARNER - LEARNER minus the first letter
23 Discarded goods from planes in the morning (6)
JETSAM - JETS + AM
Down
1 Nothing in routes that arouses pity (6)
PATHOS - PATHS with O inside
2 Wave with one not trying fairground ride? (13)
ROLLERCOASTER - ROLLER + COASTER
3 Fashionable article on NE racetrack feature (7)
CHICANE - CHIC + NE
5 Cyril composed a bit of verse (5)
LYRIC - anagram ("composed") of CYRIL
6 Lack of powerful Arab rulers, we hear, is not much good? (2,5,6)
NO GREAT SHAKES - sounds like No Great Sheikhs
7 Drew on unknown English hippy's clothing, possibly? (3-3)
TIE-DYE - TIED (drawn) + Y + E
9 Inelegant, like an atheist's meal? (9)
GRACELESS - An atheist doesn't say grace before eating
14 Something ugly I observed in conversation (7)
EYESORE - sounds like I SAW
15 Statue is demolished — shrewd! (6)
ASTUTE - anagram ("demolished") of STATUE
16 Marsha rebuilt Hindu retreat (6)
ASHRAM - anagram ("rebuilt") of MARSHA
18 Brusque in Battersea (5)
TERSE - hidden word: batTERSEa