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Times Quick Cryptic No 1873 by Joker

I was slow solving this, but remained short of the SCC at 19 minutes.  Looking back as I write the blog, I can’t think why I was so slow as nothing seems to be unusually tricky or obtuse.  I do remember that seeing the rather obvious anagram at 18a took longer than it should have, and with two possible anagram indicators (anagrinds) making up the definition of 21a, I did spend a few seconds looking for the anagrist that might go with one of them, before spotting the obvious answer.

My thanks to Joker for not embarrassing me any more than usual.  Please let me know how you got on.

Across

1  Perish swallowing salt water with sulphur, a possible cause of death(7)
DISEASE – DIE (perish) containing (swallowing) SEA (salt water) and S{ulphur}.
5  The woman had building in garden (4)
SHED – SHE’D (she had – the woman had).
7 Part of eye in centre of head behind ears, perhaps (6)
CORNEA – EA (centre of hEAd), behind CORN (ears perhaps).
Shore bird beloved by papa (6)
PLOVER – LOVER (beloved) by P{apa} (phonetic alphabet).
9 Disappointed about others completely trapped in marshy area (11)
CRESTFALLEN – This is a bit of an IKEA flat pack clue.  C (about – Circa) and REST (others) followed by ALL (completely) inside (trapped in) FEN (marshy area).  Et voila!
10  Swift pint after BBC concert (6)
PROMPT – PROM (BBC concert) followed by PT (abbreviation for PinT).
12  What young often do in earnest - learn (6)
NESTLE – Hidden (in) inside {ear}NEST – LE{arn}.
14  Mostly see a politician where stars are looked for? (11)
OBSERVATORY – OBSERVe (mostly see, drop last letter) and A (a) with TORY (politician).
17  Steer clear of social worker introducing great conflict (6)
BEWARE – BEE (social worker) containing (introducing) WAR (great conflict).
18  Hours revised taking in new career (6)
ONRUSH – Anagram (revised) of [HOURS] including N{ew}.
20  Lead actor’s reminder about line (4)
CLUE – CUE (actor’s reminder} about L{ine}.
21  High pulse is weirdly unusual (7)
OFFBEAT – OFF (high, as in the meat is OFF / rotten / high) and BEAT (pulse).  Either 'weirdly' or 'unusual' could have been an anagrind, but neither was in the end.


Down

Couple regularly encountered in Douro (3)
DUO – Alternate letters (regularly encountered) in DoUrO.
2  Unconventionally name bus “Ray” (7)
SUNBEAM – Anagram (unconventionally) of [NAME BUS].
Look forward to a Joker, accepting amswer (5)
AWAIT – A WIT (a Joker) containing (accepting) A.
Give a justification for former patent (7)
EXPLAIN – EX (former) and PLAIN (patent, as in patently / plainly clear, for example).
5 What could hold tape of privy last words turned up (5)
SPOOL – LOO (privy) and PS (post script – last words) all reversed (turned up).
6 Always near telly, unfortunately (9)
ETERNALLY – Anagram (unfortunately) of [NEAR TELLY].
9  Opening in material of reef relating to body (9)
CORPOREAL – PORE (opening) inside CORAL (material of reef).
11  Fuss about rapier regularly used for naval weapon (7)
TORPEDO – TO DO (fuss) surrounding RPE (RaPiEr – regularly used).
13  Cause suffering to company during sudden upturn (7)
SCOURGE – CO (company) inside (during) SURGE (sudden upturn).
15  Unsightly mark on European causing fright (5)
SCARE – SCAR (unsightly mark) on E{uropean}.
16  A mug served up cold (5)
ALOOF – A (a) and FOOL (mug) reversed (served up).
19  Class of small alien (3)
SET – S{mall} and ET (extra-terrestrial, alien).
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