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Times Quick Cryptic No 1848 by Trelawney

On the gentle side of things today from Trelawney, at least I think so - for some unknowable reason I've been on a run of decent form of recent, and at 5.20 this is my quickest QC in a while. It was only 13ac, 16ac and the first half of 1ac that I missed on a first read through of the acrosses which made for a lot of merry biffing come the downs. Definitely no complaints from me - many thanks to Trelawney!


Across
1 Pays for conservative's false alibi (5,5)
COVER STORY - COVERS (pays for) TORY (Conservative)
7 What a casino employee might say is perfect? (5)
IDEAL - or "I DEAL" might say a casino employee
8 Ship's wreckage — beginning to find plenty in the morning (7)
FLOTSAM - F ("beginning" to Find) LOTS (plenty) AM (in the morning)
10 Pet dragon is strange baptism participant! (9)
GODPARENT - anagram (is strange) of PET DRAGON
12 Eat briefly, making racket (3)
DIN - DINE (eat), briefly = dock the tail
13 Drink, for example, with medal being returned (6)
EGGNOG - EG (for example), with GONG (medal) being returned
15 Inability to catch, or retain, strangely (3,3)
TIN EAR - anagram (strangely) of RETAIN. Catch as in hear.
16 Supply department (3)
ARM - double definition.
17 Therefore a religious leader initially records a drama (4,5)
SOAP OPERA - SO (therefore) A POPE (a religious leader) R ("initially" Records) A
20 Flood from river covering moor regularly (7)
TORRENT - TRENT (river) covering OR (m O o R "regularly")
22 Blackbeard, say, doesn't start being angry (5)
IRATE - pIRATE (Blackbeard, say, "doesn't start")
23 A quick game with mates? (5,5)
SPEED CHESS - cryptic definition, as in check mate. I recently read The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig, a novella. It's excellent!
Down
1 Faith in mediocre education (5)
CREED - "In" the letters of medioCRE EDucation
2 Broken coal ovens — they can produce lots of smoke! (9)
VOLCANOES - anagram (broken) of COAL OVENS
3 Weapon search (5)
RIFLE - double definition
4 Leaders in The Oval Office, also (3)
TOO - "Leaders" in The Oval Office
5 I reused horrible leftovers (7)
RESIDUE - anagram (horrible) of I REUSED
6 Bachelor on island failing to finish liquor? (6,4)
SINGLE MALT - SINGLE (bachelor) on MALTa (island, failing to finish)
9 Psychic put fear into underground worker (4,6)
MIND READER - put DREAD (fear) into MINER (underground worker)
11 I chuck in worn-out fossil (9)
TRILOBITE - I LOB (I chuck) in TRITE (worn-out)
14 Fool picked up then let go of sweet (7)
GUMDROP - MUG (fool) picked up = reversed, then DROP (let go)
18 Contents of data, stick found in storage area (5)
ATTIC - "Contents" of dATa sTICk
19 Tests new axes around military, primarily (5)
EXAMS - anagram (new) of AXES around M (Military, "primarily")
21 Study agreement in speech (3)
EYE - in speech, sounds like AYE (agreement)
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