curarist (curarist) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Quick Cryptic 1464 by Tracy

Well, I started badly by solving yesterday's by mistake, then wondering why Therotter had already blogged it and 30+ people had already commented on it. The perils of leaving browser windows open. Anyway, this was a fun puzzle of medium difficulty, and a lot easier than yesterday's. 8 minutes for me

Across
1 Crusade Conservative politician is entering again, sadly (8)
CAMPAIGN - C (conservative) + MP inside anagram ('sadly') of AGAIN
5 Fish, black as soot, initially (4)
BASS - B (black) + AS + S
8 Fellow's initially entering minister's house (5)
MANSE - MAN'S + E
9 The main deity, a heavenly body (7)
NEPTUNE - Planet, named after the Roman sea god, hence 'main' deity. Geddit?
11 Their sister trained a dog (5,6)
IRISH SETTER - anagram ('trained') of THEIR SISTER
13 Decorative ornament: last one placed inside (6)
FINIAL - FINAL  with I inside
14 Black girl returned in a state of exhaustion (3,3)
JET LAG - JET (black) + GAL backwards
17 Accountant in bar started to lose heart earlier (4-7)
BEAN-COUNTER - Bar is COUNTER, before which we have BEGAN without its heart (i.e central letter)
20 Former partner, big enough for a model (7)
EXAMPLE - EX + AMPLE
21 Item of historical interest found in barrel I collected (5)
RELIC - hidden word: barREL I Collected
22 Hold the fort? (4)
KEEP - double definition
23 Old charitable centre reveals oversight (8)
OMISSION - O + MISSION

Down
1 Strong horse circling male groom (4)
COMB - COB is a strong horse, insert M for male
2 Refer to soldiers on it abroad (7)
MENTION - MEN + anagram ('abroad') of ON IT
3 Accra is excited about me winning yachting race (8,3)
AMERICAS CUP - anagram ('excited') of ACCRA IS around ME, + UP (winning)
4 Head of government also greeting spiritual leader (6)
GANDHI - G (head of 'government') + AND + HI
6 Grown-up daughter wearing gold locket that's empty (5)
ADULT - D for daughter inside AU for gold, plus LT which is 'locket' with the insides removed
7 Pilot to decline cheapest accommodation (8)
STEERAGE - STEER + AGE, third class accommodation at the rear of a ship
10 Here members salute (7,4)
PRESENT ARMS - write-in
12 Delivery of francs on holiday (8)
OFFBREAK - OF + F + BREAK. Type of delivery by a spin bowler in cricket
15 Siren of traditional stories on the French island (7)
LORELEI - LORE (traditional stories) + LE + I. A siren who lured boatment to destruction on the Rhine, the bitch.
16 Mother accepting employment in the Ashmolean, say (6)
MUSEUM - MUM with USE inside. Ashmolean being an example right here in Oxford.
18 Shock article on Indian corn I ignored (5)
AMAZE - A + MAIZE with the I removed. I wasnt sure what the 'Indian' was doing in this clue, but 'Indian corn' is apparently a type of maize, used for making decorations rather than food.
19 Examine top of soup tin (4)
SCAN - S + CAN
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