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Times Quick Cryptic 1437 by Oran

Apologies for the terse blog - not much time for pursuits recently with changes at work and an increasingly complex house renovation... This was a fine puzzle - thanks Oran - a little on the harder side, I'd say. After a flying start, I was bogged down a bit by the left hand side, but can't see a reason in hindsight! LOI the plant (naturally), COD to 6dn, although I suspect it might prove a bit marmitey.

Definitions underlined.

Across
1 American navy in Naples moved north (13)
PENNSYLVANIAN - anagram of (moved) NAVY IN NAPLES, then N (north).
8 Huge birthday meal? Deal with the candles! (4-3)
BLOW-OUT - cryptic / double definition.
9 Drinker reflected about something to smoke (5)
TOPER -  reversal of (reflecting) RE (regarding, about) and POT (something to smoke).
10 Plant that’s unusual astounded Reg (6-6)
ADDERS-TONGUE - anagram of (unusual) ASTOUNDED REG.
12 Shaking booty next to head of your younger partner (3,3)
TOY BOY - anagram of (shaking) BOOTY, then the first letter (head) of Your.
14 Become more compassionate, perhaps, or arrogant (6)
UPPITY - cryptic definition - UP PITY (become more compassionate, perhaps).
17 Some cruets apparently brought back for chemist (7)
PASTEUR - reverse hidden (some... brought back) in cRUETS APparently.
19 Around six fifty, complain (5)
CAVIL - CA (circa, around), VI (six, roman numerals), and L (fifty, more roman numerals).
20 River, one west of North Dakota, America (5)
INDUS - I (one) in front of (west of) ND (North Dakota), and US (America).
21 Riotous party in joint with drink (5-2)
KNEES-UP - KNEE (joint) and SUP (drink).
22 Direction was rated poorly (8)
EASTWARD - anagram of (poorly) WAS RATED.
23 Deadly reptiles decapitated insects (4)
ASPS - remove the first letter from (decapitated) wASPS (insects).

Down
1 Plumbism oddly appearing in the locals (4)
PUBS - every other letter from (oddly) PlUmBiSm.
2 Number any do, possibly twelve (7)
NOONDAY - NO (number), then an anagram of (possibly) ANY DO.
3 Nick a result? (5)
SCORE - double definition.
4 News of the French cricket match (6)
LATEST - LA (the, in French) and TEST (cricket match).
5 Case prepared for holiday? Exciting! (6-6)
ACTION-PACKED - ACTION (case) and PACKED (prepared for holiday?)
6 So about to drop litter, the swine! (2,3)
IN PIG - if so (i.e. in pig), one of the porcine ilk is 'about to drop litter'.
7 They’re for gentle decline, rather than going downhill fast (7,6)
NURSERY SLOPES - cryptic definition.
11 I cap rate, revised for a hefty fee (2,1,5)
AT A PRICE - anagram of (revised) I CAP RATE.
13 Supervised and completed cut (7)
OVERSAW - OVER (completed) and SAW (cut).
15 Provides, at home, underclothes (7)
INVESTS - IN (at home) and VESTS (underclothes).
16 Selling agent, maybe, even more hard up? (6)
BROKER - double definition.
18 Teams close to abyss on fateful day in Rome (5)
SIDES - last letter of (close to) abysS, and IDES (fateful day in Rome).

Comments

crispb
Sep. 11th, 2019 10:47 am (UTC)
Glad others found this tricky too, though it was only the right hand side that caused me problems. I don't think I'd heard of adder's tongue, but I was lucky enough to see tongue from the letters and after a moment considering 'sadder tongue' saw a more likely answer. Never heard of toper, only vaguely knew cavil (and only from here I think), and thought the nursery slopes clue was more of a straight definition than a cryptic. LOI was in pig, an expression I've never heard (though we had 'in pup' relatively recently which helped), but the so at the beginning confused me. It seems like another straight definition to me, or would be if you just put "Swine about to drop litter". Where's the word play? COD 21a Time 46:11, though I had most of it done in about a third of that.
flashman
Sep. 11th, 2019 11:12 am (UTC)
Pregnant sow is naturally put in gown initially.