November 13th, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1744 by Trelawney

An enjoyable puzzle, pitched about right I would say. I was steaming through to start with but slowed as I got further south. I has held up by 19ac, 21ac and 18dn, for reasons that are not clear after the fact. Overall a very nice collection of surfaces. 7 minutes for me


Across
1 Develop simple diet — you might be punished for breaking it! (5,5)
SPEED LIMIT - anagram ('develop') of SIMPLE DIET
8 Assist the man with logistics, initially, and sulk (4,3)
HELP OUT - HE + L + POUT
9 A fraction cross inside model hotel (5)
SIXTH - SIT (model) + H (hotel) with X (cross) inside
10 Emperor found in throne room (4)
NERO - hidden word: throNE ROom
11 Resistance of French fellow who's engaged (8)
DEFIANCE - DE (of, french) + FIANCÉ
13 Clingy sort of scamp, allowed outside (6)
LIMPET - IMP inside LET
14 Under surveillance — and irritated! (6)
BUGGED - double definition
17 Couple with permit for piece of jewellery (8)
BRACELET - BRACE + LET
19 Circus performer to take flight, we hear? (4)
FLEA - sounds like FLEE
21 Monarch drawing aid (5)
RULER - double definition
22 Take that drunkard to this location (2,5)
SO THERE - SOT + HERE. This exact clue was in the 15x15 a few days ago.
23 Used something on the face? (6,4)
SECOND HAND - Double definition, 'face' meaning clock.

Down
2 Tablet not finished by serious religious traveller (7)
PILGRIM - PIL(L) + GRIM
3 School's collection of bones reduced by half (4)
ETON - second half of SKELETON
4 Second option is coffee with last of sugar (6)
LATTER - LATTE + R
5 Romance of my strange quest to take in India (8)
MYSTIQUE - MY + anagram ('strange') of QUEST with I for India in.
6 American former partner wearing brown (5)
TEXAN - EX inside TAN
7 A hard beret, carelessly worn (10)
THREADBARE - anagram ('carelessly') of A HARD BERET
8 Pubs supporting trade in bicycle components (10)
HANDLEBARS - HANDLE (trade in) on top of BARS
12 Remarkably quick mice tore about (8)
METEORIC - anagram ('about') of MICE TORE
15 Acrimony over period ship (7)
GALLEON - GALL + EON
16 Hold a famous sailor (6)
NELSON - double definition
18 Reference book is finally left unfinished (5)
ATLAS - AT LAST without the last letter.
20 Chit-chat conceals irritation (4)
ITCH - hidden word: chIT CHat