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Quick Cryptic 1874 by Felix

An interesting mélange today, which some may find tricky. There's also a fairly obvious Nina (Glossary here if you don't know what that means): 1ac 6ac, who is 9ac, wrote 13ac and lived in 6dn. There are probably more examples, but I will leave them for those more familiar with the subject to spot. My favourite is the most elegant 22dn.


Across
1 Chap, sad to say, botched raid (8)
ALASDAIR - ALAS + anagram ('botched') of RAID
6 English poet Thomas seen in good light? (4)
GRAY - G + RAY
8 Scottish resort to herb tea infusion, last of all (4)
OBAN - last letters of tO herB teA infusioN
9 Late last month, became calmer (8)
DECEASED - DEC + EASED
10 Announce Mail Corp has been reorganised (8)
PROCLAIM - anagram ('reorganised') of MAIL CORP
12 Leave Detective Sergeant in gallery (4)
GODS - GO + DS. The gallery of a theatre is called 'the gods'
13 Frolic outside a northern Scottish town (6)
LANARK - LARK outside AN
15 Large pants legal (6)
LAWFUL - L + AWFUL. 'Pants' meaning 'a bit rubbish' was common parlance among the young for about two weeks in the late 90's, but managed to become permanently embedded in crosswordese.
17 Great flag to the west regularly appearing at a distance (4)
AFAR - Alternate letters of gReAt FlAg backwards
19 Call with drink for bird (8)
RINGNECK - RING + NECK (verb)
21 Illegal country sports event endureth sadly (8)
DEERHUNT - anagram ('sadly') of ENDURETH
23 Boy king following Dynasty (4)
HANK - HAN + K
24 Get warmer a week on Thursday (4)
THAW - A W on TH
25 Do nothing right with, indeed, small openings (8)
DOORWAYS - DO + O +R + W + AY + S

Down
2 Land held by rising millionaire, bilingual (7)
LIBERIA - reverse hidden word: millionAIRE BILingual
3 Very pleasant, with no end of sound (5)
SONIC - SO NICE without the last letter
4 Put on commercial broadcast in the middle (3)
ADD - AD + D (middle letter of BROA D CAST)
5 Fruit shake with lemon mixed (4,5)
ROCK MELON - ROCK + anagram ('mixed') of LEMON
6 Scottish city to be radiant, as golf is held in it (7)
GLASGOW - GLOW with AS + G inside
7 For each person in the lead (5)
AHEAD - Sort of double definition, though the first would normally have a space
11 So a drunk resolved to tour area to make enquiries (3,6)
ASK AROUND - anagram ('resolved') of SO A DRUNK, placed around A for area.
14 Show boasted team on board plane (7)
AIRCREW - AIR (show) + CREW (past tense of CROW)
16 A French tin nearly empty? That’s weird (7)
UNCANNY - UN + CAN + NY ('nearly' without its contents)
18 Cheeky old slave upset husband (5)
FRESH - SERF backwards + H
20 Specialised skill spoken of? Not at all (5)
NOHOW - sounds like 'knowhow'. In my dictionary as 'US: used in uneducated speech to emphasise a negative'
22 Teeth originally without brace (3)
TWO - T + WO
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