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QC 1475 by Breadman

Too busy to write much again I'm afraid this week, plus I am also suffering from the inevitable cloud of depression that sets over me whenever I yet again see an England team fall short of sporting glory. What does it matter? Who cares? It's only a game. All these are very rational arguments but somehow they just never work. Only time heals. Or at least develops scar tissue.

So I went through this in a daze, noticing only that it was a comparatievely easy offering and that it was set by Breadman, whom I think I may have met once or twice before but can't quite remember. I'm terrible with names. But thanks anyway for a highly therapeutic puzzle, gradually waking my brain up again as it did and providing a valuable step back on the road to recovery and normal daily life.

FOI was 1A as God intended and things followed pretty smoothly after that. LOI was 22A I think, but not for reasons of difficulty. I found this was one of those puzzles that are so straightforward that you don't even get into the straight rhythm of following the clues in sequence. You start filling the grid and then you notice clues out of the corner of your eye that are obviously correct and you also notice spaces in the grid that are obvious write-ins without even looking at the clue so you fill those in out of order and before long you're doing a pretty random knight's tour around the grid.

Hard to find a COD as they were all fairly uniformly easy. In the end I'll probably go for the wit of 13A.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can manage.

Across
1 Cleaning item rusted badly (6)
DUSTER - Straight anagram ('badly') of RUSTED.
4 Play on words to dig somewhere in India (6)
PUNJAB - PUN (play on words) + JAB (dig).
8 Suffer in part of aircraft, crying loudly (7)
WAILING - AIL (suffer) in WING (part of aircraft).
10 Brownish-yellow section of brooch revealed (5)
OCHRE - hidden word: broOCH REvealed.
11 Hanger-on, a slippery creature, rejected companion (5)
LEECH - LEE (EEL, a slippery creature, reversed) + CH (Companion of Honour).
12 Observes twitching inside damaged nose (7)
NOTICES - TIC (twitching) inside NOES (anagram ('damaged') of NOSE).
13 Location of travelling ocean liner, generally (2,3,4)
IN THE MAIN - cryptic definition (MAIN as in SEA).
17 Mostly hairless oddball inflated plaything (7)
BALLOON - BAL ('mostly' BALd, hairless) + LOON (oddball).
19 Modify church table, one says (5)
ALTER - sounds like ('one says') ALTAR (church table).
20 A golfer may register this bird of prey (5)
EAGLE - in golf a BIRDIE is one under par. A reasonably common variety of avian life on the golf course. A rarer bird is the EAGLE, which is a score of 2 under par for a hole. So for those of you able to keep up with the arithmetic the fabled 'hole in one' is effectively an EAGLE, being a tee shot that pops straight into the hole on a par-3 hole. For the record an ALBATROSS is a very rare bird indeed at 3 under par, and I have been fortunate enough to witness the flight of one of these extremely elusive birds while playing once with my son, a talented (well actually I think he would style it more as 'hard work' than 'talent') scratch golfer. At the par-5 17th on his home course he hit his drive something over 300 yards and then holed out from the remaining 250-odd yards with his 3-wood. Just as he finished the stroke he breathed "that's going to be close". I think it is the most self-congratulatory thing I have ever heard him say as he is usually a merceiless self-critic. It was one of those perfect moments that just come together sometimes. Like England winning the World Cup. Amazing to behold.
21 Doctor in Leith arranged protective cover for finger (7)
THIMBLE - the particular Crossworld incarnation of the medical professional here is the MB (Bachelor of Medicine). Here he or she is placed inside an anagram of LEITH ('arranged').
22 Combatant's helmet that restricts batting (3,3)
TIN HAT - when you are batting at cricket you are 'IN'. Place IN inside THAT and there you have it.
23 Member to conclude traditional story (6)
LEGEND - LEG (member) + END (conclude).
Down
1 Prosper initially over in lodge (2,4)
DO WELL - O (over) in DWELL (lodge).
2 Old comedian's second fish factory Gina organised (5,8)
SPIKE MILLIGAN - S (second) + PIKE (fish) + MILL (factory) + anagram of GINA ('organised').
3 English mine with the odd descriptive term (7)
EPITHET - E (English) + PIT (mine) + anagram of THE ('odd').
5 Vessel that was submersible but buoyant at regular intervals (1-4)
U-BOAT - bUt BuOyAnT 'at regular intervals'.
6 Landscape painter's private room with PC (4,9)
JOHN CONSTABLE - JOHN (slang for toilet or 'private room') + CONSTABLE (PC).
7 Creature consumes right cut of meat (6)
BREAST - BEAST (creature) 'consumes' R (right).
9 Biscuit barrel upside-down below item on spice rack? (6,3)
GINGER NUT - TUN (barrel) reversed (i.e. 'upside-down' in this down clue) gives NUT, and this is placed below (again in this down clue) GINGER (item on spice rack).
14 Desire for wealth pilot's seen around two eastern US states (7)
AVARICE - two eastern US states are VA (Virginia) and RI (Rhode Island), and here an ACE (pilot, as in Snoopy and the Red Baron) is 'seen around' them.
15 Worker, carrying infectious disease, not present (6)
ABSENT - the poor old overworked Crossworld worker, the ANT, is here made to 'carry' BSE (bovine spongiform encephalitis, the infectious disease known as 'mad cow disease' in cattle and which manifests in humans as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease). 
16 Female diner excited partner (6)
FRIEND - F (female) + anagram of DINER ('excited').
18 Greek character old and huge (5)
OMEGA - O (old) + MEGA (huge).
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