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Times Quick Cryptic No 1473 by Izetti

An example of 'the Don' (Izetti) being up to his usual high standard, and taking me above 20m (just!) due mostly to some thorny parsing (which is invariably included in my quoted times).  Maybe I should be revising my target range from 10-15 minutes to 15-20 minutes?

This QC requires a smattering of mild GK (general knowledge), which I was fortunate enough to possess, despite my lack of a classical education.  There was nothing unknown (for me) or unfair here, just some good clueing that demanded thought, and some neat surfaces.

FOI – PALACE, COD 13a (I’d love to know if the double duty is deliberate – see below) and WOD – DEICIDE.  Thanks Izetti.  Over to you, my dear readers.

Across
1  China has fantastic residence for ruler maybe (6)
PALACE – PAL (china, as in china plate = mate = pal from Cockney Rhyming Slang) and ACE (fantastic).
4  What to expect from member of family becoming minister (6)
PARSON – PAR (what to expect, e.g. from golf – the expected score for a hole) and SON (member of family).
8 Excuse criminal no more (7)
CONDONE – CON (criminal) and DONE (no more).
10  Like many a roof, bound to be penetrated by hail ultimately (5)
TILED – TIED (bound) containing (penetrated by) {hai}L (ultimately, last letter).
11  Tulip surprisingly bright in display? (3,2)
LIT UP – Anagram (surprisingly) of [TULIP].
12 Historian understood by you and me (7)
TACITUS – TACIT (understood or implied) and US (you and me).  Publius Cornelius TACITUS is considered to be one of the greatest of Roman historians.
13  Vehicle black and dirty, not an attractive gem? (9)
CARBUNCLE – CAR (vehicle) and B{lack} followed by UNCLE{an} (dirty) and drop the last two letters – not an.  The clue can be seen as a straight definition where a CARBUNCLE is a fiery-red precious stone.  However, the clue is cleverly (possibly accidentally) constructed to allow the words ‘not an’ to appear to be doing double duty, first as the instruction to drop the AN from UNCLEAN, and second as a part of the definition if we think about an alternative use for CARBUNCLE as an architectural monstrosity or eyesore.  I have highlighted the double duty words to illustrate this interpretation.  The word was used in this sense by Prince Charles in his ‘monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend’ speech relating to a plan for a modern extension to the National Gallery. That plan, by Peter Ahrends was subsequently scrapped and an alternative was built in 1991.
17  Sign in entrance letting number in (7)
PORTENT – PORT (entrance) containing TEN (letting number in).
19  We hear no sound from a horse (5)
NEIGH – Sounds like (we hear) NAY (no).
20  Revolutionary number left heading west (5)
LENIN – NINE (number) and L{eft} reversed (heading west).
21  Resolve to imprison one for a type of murder (7)
DEICIDE – DECIDE (resolve) containing (imprisoning) I (one).  DEICIDE is the killing of a God.
22  Second piece of open country gets protection (6)
SHEATH – S{econd} and HEATH (open country).
23  It may see some balls in nets returned? (6)
TENNISAnagram (returned) of [IN NETS] inside a cryptic clue.  On edit, thanks to Vinyl (see below), A simple reverse hidden (some, returned) in {ball}S IN NET{s}

Down
1  Choice the French relish (6)
PICKLE – PICK (choice) and LE (the in French).
2  I felt uncaring somehow in group of political extremists (7,6)
LUNATIC FRINGE – Anagram (somehow) of [I FELT UNCARING]
3  Hard to penetrate metal – here’s an axe (7)
CHOPPER – H{ard} inside (penetrating) COPPER (metal).
5  One about to shelter under a dry space in building (5)
ATTIC – I (one) and C (about / circa) beneath (sheltering under) A (a) and TT (dry – tee-total).
6  To discipline’s unusual: there is evidence of disagreement (5,8)
SPLIT DECISION – Anagram (unusual) of [TO DISCIPLINE’S]
One may barely enjoy being in a holiday camp (6)
NUDIST – Cryptic definition playing on the use of ‘barely’.
Handed over part of hospital that’s rotten (9)
ENTRUSTED – ENT (part of hospital – Ear, Nose and Throat department) and RUSTED (rotten).
14  I’d dance around as a character in satire (7)
CANDIDE – Anagram (around) of [I’D DANCE].  CANDIDE is the eponymous lead character in Voltaire’s satirical novella.
15  Splinters of wood in sheds (6)
SPILLS – Double definition, the first referring to the thin strips of wood used for lighting a fire (noun), the second to spill or shed something (verb).
16 Acclamation in church always before start of sermon (6)
CHEERS – CH{urch} followed by E’ER (poetic contraction of EVER / always) before (start of) S{ermon}.
18  Some patterns taken for painter (5)
ERNST – Hidden in {patt}ERNS T{aken}, referring to the German painter and dadaist Max ERNST.
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