william_j_s (william_j_s) wrote in times_xwd_times,

Times Quick Cryptic 1527 by Tracy

I had a hard time getting started, flitting around the grid, and a hard time finishing, with several gaps in my knowledge. Probably my slowest solve for a few months! Hope you found it considerably closer to your wavelength or, like me, enjoyed the challenge.

Definitions underlined.

1 Southwark infirmary for men only? (4,8)
GUYS HOSPITAL - cryptic definition. And (the first word was) my LOI, as I was trying to think of a nickname for the Royal Hospital for Chelsea Pensioners.
9 Anger about female bringing weapon (5)
RIFLE - RILE (anger) containing (about) F (female).
10 Do without it, as ban involved (7)
ABSTAIN - anagram of (involved) IT AS BAN.
11 Sold illicitly from sack by stage (7)
BOOTLEG - BOOT (sack) and LEG (stage).
12 Subject of article — me! (5)
THEME - THE (article) and ME.
13 Working spell without delay (2,4)
ON TIME - ON (working) and TIME (spell).
14 Dictator in regiment's HQ receiving head of state (6)
DESPOT - DEPOT (regiment's HQ) containing (recieving) the first letter (head) of State.
17 Wife leaving joiner for church officer (5)
ELDER - wELDER (joiner) after the 'w' (wife) is removed (leaving).
19 Lucky dip bishop organised, backing nevertheless also required (4,3)
BRAN TUB - B (bishop), RAN (organised) and a reversal of (backing) BUT (nevertheless). DNK this phrase.
21 One who wrote nonsense about the kid, perhaps (7)
LEATHER - LEAR (Edward, one who write nonsense) containing (about) THE. Another DNK - a soft leather and a plausible origin for the phrase 'kid gloves'.
22 Better run island, one in the Bay of Naples (5)
CAPRI - CAP (better), R (run) and I (island).
23 Staightforward procedures involving one in poor health (5,7)
PLAIN SAILING - PLANS (procedures) containing (involving) I (one), then AILING (in poor health).

2 Open University head under pressure (7)
UPFRONT - U (university), then FRONT (head) after (under) P (pressure).
3 Gain an advantage over nervous marshal at once (5,1,5,2)
STEAL A MARCH ON - anagram of (nervous) MARSHAL AT ONCE. Yet another DNK.
4 Fruit: love assortment (6)
ORANGE - O (love) and RANGE (assortment).
5 Game in which castle, perhaps, should be moved (4,3,6)
PASS THE PARCEL - anagram of (should be moved) CASTLE PERHAPS.
6 Find and copy (5)
TRACE - double definition.
7 Tolerant of knight that is breaking fast (7)
LENIENT - N (knight, chess notation) and IE (that is) contained by (breaking) LENT (fast).
8 Bed starts to creak — replace its base (4)
CRIB - first letters of (starts to) Creak Replace Its Base.
13 Partly coincide as regards circuit (7)
OVERLAP - OVER (as regards) and LAP (circuit).
15 Take undue advantage of don covering at university (3,4)
PUT UPON - PUT ON (don) containing (covering) UP (at university).
16 Peninsula in Russian region son overlooked (6)
IBERIA - sIBERIA (Russian region) with the 's' (son) missing (overlooked).
18 Wee drink ahead of a play (5)
DRAMA - DRAM (wee drink) and A.
20 I must go in club that offers inducement (4)
BAIT - I surrounded by (must go in) BAT (club).
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