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Times Quick Cryptic No 1439 by Tracy - I'm only here for the beer

I would say this is pretty much a classic straightforward QC from Tracy today. Nothing too difficult, I think, with plenty of easy ones to give you some checkers. You may need, though, to remember a Greek god, an ancient coin, a retro household appliance, a Scottish novelist and a bit of Welsh geography.... or trust to the wordplay. We are treated to a good range of clue types and some lovely surface readings, not least the semi-&lit 16A, my COD, although 9D was a close second. I was clearly on the wavelength today as I raced through this in 3:43. Thanks Tracy!  How did you all get on?

Definitions underlined in bold italics, (Abc)* indicating anagram of Abc, deletions and [] other indicators.

Across
7 Run, avoiding large snake (5)
ADDER - lADDER (run; as you might find in your tights or stockings - if you wear them) without [avoiding] the L (large)
8 Pair, however, returned washing machine (4-3)
TWIN-TUB - TWIN (pair) BUT (however) [returned] -> TUB. My mother used to have one of these in the 1960's. I've not seen one for years, but you can still get them.
10 Enrage church hemmed in by pubs close to centre (7)
INCENSE - C.E. (Church of England) inside [hemmed in by] INNS (pubs) with last letter of [close to] centrE.
11 Usual practice of a bishop wearing belt (5)
HABIT - A B (bishop) inside [wearing] HIT (belt, as in thump).
12 A new suggestion regarding appetiser (9)
ANTIPASTO - A N (new) TIP (suggestion) AS TO (regarding). As to this clue, it's a classic example of a "charade", building the answer a bit at a time.
14 Drink brought back for close friend (3)
PAL - LAP (drink like a dog does) reversed [brought back] -> PAL.
15 Idol shot, died (3)
GOD - GO (shot) D (died). I love concise clues. An economical 12 letter one here.
16 Aims often set out in this (9)
MANIFESTO - (Aims often)* [set out]. This is a semi&lit. where the whole clue is the definition and part of it the wordplay. Lovely example of the clue-type.
18 Gather popular judge retired (5)
INFER - IN (popular) REF (judge) reversed [retured] -> FER.
20 Eastern cause arousing intense feeling (7)
EMOTIVE - E (Eastern) MOTIVE (cause, as in reason for doing something).
22 Author Muriel has the French fizz (7)
SPARKLE - The author is Muriel SPARK. Add LE (the in french).
23 A flower sprang up (5)
AROSE - A ROSE (flower).
Down
1 Profits from excellent wins (7,5)
CAPITAL GAINS - CAPITAL (excellent) GAINS (wins).
2 English coin of yesteryear, editor learned (8)
EDUCATED - E (English) DUCAT (coin of yesteryear) ED (editor). An example of the setter's trick of using a different meaning for the same word in the surface and the definition; the definition (learned) is the adjective not the past participle.
3 Working below Irish golf club (4)
IRON - ON (working) [below] IR (Irish).
4 Small lock of hair causing anxiety (6)
STRESS - S (Small) TRESS (lock of hair).
5 Fair cancelled immediately (5,3)
RIGHT OFF - RIGHT (fair) OFF (cancelled).
6 Objections over cigarette end (4)
STUB - BUTS (objections) [over] -> STUB.
9 Courage shown by batsman at the start, one removing cap? (6-6)
BOTTLE-OPENER - BOTTLE (courage) OPENER (batsman at the start). The obligatory cricket clue.. with the answer nothing to do with cricket. Unless you take beer in bottles into the stand. Which, with a test match with Australia in progress, reminds me of the old story. "They've decided to cut down on drunken behaviour at the SCG. From now on spectators are limited to bringing in 24 tinnies each". As this article says "In the 1974/75 Ashes series, a single Test match at the SCG produced 460,000 empty beer cans over five days. Since then, society has become more regulated and risk-averse, as have our cricket grounds. In the 1970s, patrons were subject to a limit of one slab per person that could be brought in.".. a slab being 24 stubbies, holding 9L of beer in total. Enough for an England cricket fan to drown their sorrows at losing The Ashes again? Sorry. I couldn't resist. After all, I did take over the blogging duties of the revered Lord Galspray (alleged originator of this fine tale)  a couple of years ago.
13 Under pressure, European married, penniless, in Welsh town (8)
PEMBROKEBROKE (penniless).[under] P (pressure) E (European) M (married).
14 Greek god mysteriously poisoned (8)
POSEIDON - [mysteriously] (poisoned)*
17 Annoyed no litres required (6)
NEEDED - Annoyed is NEEDlED. Lose [no] the L (litres)
19 Standard in decline (4)
FLAG - Double definition.
21 Said to come from Aurora Leigh (4)
ORAL - Hidden in  [to come from] AurORA Leigh.
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