william_j_s (william_j_s) wrote in times_xwd_times,

Times Quick Cryptic 1387 by Oink

This took me a bit longer than Oink's 2.2 on jackkt's hardenss scale might suggest, but not a lot. We have this setter's trademark porcine clue making an appearance at the top of the bill, and quite a lot of the funnies we've come to expect too (my COD to 14dn). I spent at least a minute with only 11dn left, and its either a bit of a clunky clue, or I'm missing something.

Definitions underlined.

1 Laughing about Romeo’s crisp browned skin (9)
CRACKLING - CACKLING (laughing) surrounding (about) R (romeo, phonetic alphabet).
6 Fighting back? It might be bloody (3)
RAW - WAR (fighting) reversed (back).
8 Suggests one MP is telling tales (7)
IMPLIES - I (one, roman numerals), MP, and LIES (is telling tales).
9 Celebrate in bar after retirement (5)
REVEL - LEVER (bar) reversed (after retirement).
10 Do apple trees supply these shopkeepers? (12)
TRADESPEOPLE - anagram of (supply, as in flexibly) DO APPLE TREES.
12 Very good fruit (4)
PLUM - double definition.
13 Meet one’s maker when in outskirts of Paris (4)
PASS - AS (when) inside (in) first and last letters from (outskirts of) PariS.
17 It’s clear nuptial bed is disarranged (12)
INDISPUTABLE - anagram of (disarranged) NUPTIAL BED IS.
20 Pancakes left in bin by yours truly (5)
BLINI - L (left) in BIN, then I (yours truly).
21 Deceive on more than one occasion (3-4)
TWO-TIME - double definition.
23 Food soldiers may dig into? (3)
EGG - cryptic definition, soldiers being the strips of bread or toast dipped into a runny egg.
24 Overextend Her Majesty? She might be carried off on this (9)
STRETCHER - STRETCH (overextend) and E.R. (her majesty).

1 Murderer I put in prison (4)
CAIN - I in CAN (prison).
2 Clothes appear to be tangled on line (7)
APPAREL - anagram of (tangled) APPEAR, then L (line).
3 Japanese swimmer’s a little flirtatious they say (3)
KOI - sounds like (they say) "coy" (a little flirtatious).
4 Demand heroin sister’s hiding (6)
INSIST - hidden in (...'s hiding) heroIN SISTer.
5 Danger ape represented for occupant of pod? (6,3)
GARDEN PEA - anagram of (represented, as in re-presented) DANGER APE.
6 Vicar out of bed. Prepare to move off? (3,2)
REV UP - REV (vicar) and UP (out of bed).
7 Where to put money when everything’s getting wet outside? (6)
WALLET - ALL (everything) surrounded by (with ... outside) WET.
11 The arguments for maids? (9)
DOMESTICS - double definition. My LOI by a long way. What is 'the' doing there?
14 Inconsiderate son, a bit like a pixie (7)
SELFISH - S (son) and ELFISH (a bit like a pixie).
15 Two bishops in river, getting bite from fish? (6)
NIBBLE - BB (two Bs, bishops) inside NILE (river).
16 Stuffy executive or potential husband? (6)
SUITOR - SUIT (stuffy executive) then OR.
18 They say colouring’s on the way out (5)
DYING - sounds like (they say) "dyeing" (colouring).
19 Support beggar who’s lost heart (4)
BEAR - BEggAR with the middle letters removed (lost heart).
22 Yogurt occasionally available (3)
OUT - every other letter from (occasionally) yOgUrT.
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