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Times Quick Cryptic 1876 by Tracy

Well, I was one who didn't find yesterday's easy and I struggled even more on this - so maybe I'm just having a bad week. I'll take some slow solves in exchange for our new found, but to be cautiously enjoyed, freedoms. Several around the grid caused me to go back more than once - the roll of 'honour' is 4dn, 18dn, 8ac, 12ac, 23ac and, most of all, LOI 10ac which went in with something of a guess. Lots of clever surfaces and anagrams - maybe I didn't have my anagram head on today. 13 minutes but all, luckily, navigated in the end. Now I expect you all to say how ridiculously easy you found it!




Definitions are in italics.

Across
1 Within easy reach of new arena — close to district hospital, also (4,2,4)
NEAR AT HAND - anagram (new) of ARENA, distric(T), hospital (H), also (AND).
7 Current arrangement could be perfect (5)
IDEAL - current (I - it's a crossword thing to me - from wiring diagrams, I believe), arrangement (DEAL).
8 Work hard in attempt to make pot (6)
TROPHY - work (OP) and hard (H) inside attempt (TRY). Pot for trophy did not leap to mind.
10 Spot star (3)
PIP - double definition although neither of which I could see whilst solving. In some post-solve research, Collins has many definitions of pip - two of which are a STAR like insignia worn by some British officers (pips on the sleeve I had heard of but wasn't sure of their shape) and the SPOTs on dominoes. This clue gave me the pip so I have no alternative but to accord it today's GR.
12 Brontë character, revolutionary, in list (9)
ROCHESTER - revolutionary (CHE) inside list (ROSTER). Yes, yes, I did know this but got hung up on red for revolutionary and rota for list
13 Relax, having free gin at the end (6)
LOOSEN - free (LOOSE), gi(N).
14 A police officer taken in by odd element (6)
RADIUM - a (A) and police officer (DI) taken inside odd (RUM).
17 Small blue train, one lagging behind (9)
SLOWCOACH - small (S), blue (LOW), train (COACH as in teaching).
19 Objective conclusions from the prosecution heard (3)
END - th(E) prosecutio(N) hear(D).
20 Official document to be completed by a learner driver (6)
FORMAL - document (FORM) finished off by a (A) and learner driver (L).
21 Small and delicate female in river, swept back (5)
ELFIN - female (F) inside river (NILE) swept backwards (ELIN).
23 Petitions a foreign plant (10)
POINSETTIA - anagram (foreign - unusual indicator which fooled me for a while) of PETITIONS A.
Down
1 Secure from Warsaw perhaps, a cosmetic item (4,6)
NAIL POLISH - secure (NAIL), from Warsaw perhaps (POLISH).
2 Had meal of pasties, regularly (3)
ATE - p(A)s(T)i(E)s.
3 Free, generally (2,5)
AT LARGE - double definition.
4 Snag involving equipment, originally cutting-edge? (2-4)
HI-TECH - snag (HITCH) involving (E)quipment.
5 Snare wild ones crossing over (5)
NOOSE - anagram (wild) of ONES crossing over (O).
6 Telephone service abused in chalet (8)
CHATLINE - anagram (abused) of IN CHALET.
9 Opera star, new in Norma, paid outrageously (5,5)
PRIMA DONNA - new (N) inside an anagram (outrageously) of NORMA PAID.
11 Poor colt somehow to produce good form (8)
PROTOCOL - anagram (somehow) of POOR COLT.
15 A permit received by the track and field competitor? (7)
ATHLETE - a (A), permit (LET) inside the (THE).
16 Fish right and left in the open sea (6)
MARLIN - right and left (RL) inside the open sea (MAIN - as in Spanish).
18 Search round for dance band? (5)
COMBO - search (COMB), round (O).
22 Suitable starters for footballers in training (3)
FIT - (F)ootballers (I)n (T)raining.
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