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Times Quick Cryptic 1807 by Orpheus

Due to considerable difficulty breaking into the NW corner, and a couple of other spiky clues, I finished in a respectable but above average time. I thought some of the anagrams (and indicators) were lovely. I only had to look up one piece of vocabulary post-solve. Did anyone else go searching for 27dn early on...?

Definitions underlined.

Across
1 Continental fellow in Scotland perhaps, carrying twisted fibre (8)
EUROPEAN - EUAN (fellow in Scotland, perhaps) containg (carrying) ROPE (twisted fibre).
5 Live with copper — 27, possibly (4)
CUBE - BE (live) with CU (copper).
7 Longing to remove initiator of political clean-up (4)
URGE - pURGE (political clean-up) missing its first letter (to remove initiator).
8 Going on for ever about unidentified person outside (8)
EXTERNAL - ETERNAL (going on forever) containing (about) X (unknown person).
9 Sentimental type initially involved with Marconi (8)
ROMANTIC - anagram of (involved) the first letter of (initially) Type and (with) MARCONI.
11 Religious female going backwards and forwards (3)
NUN - palindromic (going backwards and forwards) religious female.
13 Rodney relaxed over there (6)
YONDER - anagram of (relaxed) RODNEY.
16 Get even with archdeacon in maturity (6)
AVENGE - VEN (Venerable, honorific for archdeacon) in AGE (maturity).
18 Greek character returned and dined (3)
ATE - ETA (Greek character) reversed (returned).
19 Sound money getting father something to suck (8)
LOLLIPOP - sounds like (sound) "lolly" (money) then POP (father).
20 A chap crossing Morecambe, maybe, one from the States (8)
AMERICAN - A MAN (a chap) containing (crossing) ERIC (Morecambe, maybe).
22 Knowledgeable about Shintoism? Not entirely (4)
INTO - hidden in (not entirely) shINTOism.
23 Responsibility of bachelor abandoning extra benefit (4)
ONUS - B (bachelor) removed from (abandoning) bONUS (extra benefit).
24 Change too much? About time to retire! (8)
OVEREDIT - OVER (about) and TIDE (time) reversed (to retire).

Down
1 Key question about king’s personal attendant (7)
EQUERRY - E (random musical key) and QUERY (question) containing (about) R (Rex, king). Tricky stuff.
2 I’m in surrogate ruler’s section of army (8)
REGIMENT - I'M inside REGENT (surrogate ruler).
3 English reader, a Liberal, relating to voters (9)
ELECTORAL - E (English), LECTOR (reader), A, and L (liberal). This was my missing vocab; a lector is a church reader or university lecturer.
4 Obsessive person in teachers’ union (3)
NUT - National Union of Teachers (teachers' union). Solidarity.
5 Vivid red vehicle belonging to this compiler (7)
CARMINE - CAR (vehicle) and MINE (belonging to this compiler). Not your everyday colour but familiar enough, to me at least.
6 Like invigorating air beginning to boost activity at Epsom? (7)
BRACING - first letter of (beginning to) Boost, then RACING (activity at Epsom).
10 Confront Helen, a GLC eccentric (9)
CHALLENGE - anagram of (eccentric) HELEN A GLC.
12 University man receiving old writing implement still in wrapping (8)
UNOPENED - U (university) and NED (man) containing (receiving) O (old) and PEN (writing implement).
14 A Roman senator originally abandoned one on the river (7)
OARSMAN - anagram of (abandoned) A ROMAN and the first letter from (originally) Senator. My first thought was that I needed a Roman senator xOARSMAN missing his first. Thankfully not.
15 Just rewards — puddings. by the sound of it (7)
DESERTS - sounds like (by the sounds of it) "desserts" (puddings).
17 Take advantage of former plan to tour India (7)
EXPLOIT - EX (former) and PLOT (plan) containing (to tour) I (india, phonetic alphabet).
21 Imitate a dove? Goodness me (3)
COO - double definition.
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