October 16th, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1724 by Pedro

Generally straightforward with a couple of chewy ones. 3d took me a while to spot. Just over 6 minutes for me

Across
1 Left excellent, decorative fabric (4)
LACE - L + ACE
4 Encountered feathers around Lake, indication of disaster (8)
MELTDOWN - MET + DOWN with L for lake inside
8 Game of golf a rep organised (8)
LEAPFROG - anagram ('organised') of GOLF A REP
9 Cricketer first for honours in Somerset city (4)
BATH - BAT with H (first of Honours)
10 Following a religion, entirely on the radio (4)
HOLY - sounds like 'wholly'
11 Assortment: possibly it’s cheap (8)
PASTICHE - anagram ('possibly') of ITS CHEAP
12 Supporters surrounding Rolls Royce in search (6)
FERRET - FEET around RR
14 Contaminate fin, etc, when swimming (6)
INFECT -anagram ('swimming') of FIN ETC
16 Learning well, horse breeder promises to pay (8)
STUDIOUS - STUD + IOUs
18 Horribly evil! (4)
VILE - anagram ('horribly') of EVIL. And an &lit of sorts
19 Competent brewer initially brought in beer (4)
ABLE - ALE with B for Brewer inside
20 Records office, say, is to attempt tracking source of records (8)
REGISTRY - EG (say) + IS + TRY all after R (first letter of records)
22 Staff touring area wrong to limit good advice to motorists (4,4)
ROAD SIGN - ROD (staff) around A for area + SIN round G for good
23 Speed last of dinner gets consumed (4)
RATE - R + ATE

Down
2 Chaps upset, caught in a single bloomer (7)
ANEMONE - MEN upside down inside A + ONE
3 Attract topless lady, ultimately vain (5)
EMPTY - TEMPT minus its top, + Y
4 Harm horse, docking tail (3)
MAR - MARE minus the last letter
5 I almost stop probing firewood delivery arrangements (9)
LOGISTICS - I STIC(k) inside LOGS
6 Fed up about bride forgetting day, ask for details of service? (7)
DEBRIEF - FED backwards with BRIE (BRIDE minus D for day) inside
7 Seductive woman with a teasing desire (5)
WITCH - W + ITCH
11 Fragrant stuff in Italian river upset our trip (3-6)
POT-POURRI - PO + anagram ('upset') of OUR TRIP
13 Left-wing teacher, one with ginger hair (7)
REDHEAD - RED + HEAD
15 Criminal, say, heads for priest, really intending to enter religious group (7)
CULPRIT - P + R + I (first letters of Priest Really Intending) inside CULT
17 Ban cheers and a more hostile expression (5)
TABOO - TA (cheers) + BOO (hostile expression)
18 Eyeshade? Guest has dropped it (5)
VISOR - VISITOR minus IT
21 Success, declining a drink with tonic (3)
GIN - GAIN minus A. Biffed WIN initially as I expect many others did,