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Times Quick Cryptic 1880 by Hurley

Solving time: 12 minutes. Tricky. The long answers were a long time coming and that really slowed my progress around the grid.



As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.



Across
1 Country set — a bit tactless unfortunately (6,6)
BALTIC STATES
Anagram [unfortunately] of A BIT TACTLESS
9 Trouble envelops voting system for period (5)
APRIL
AIL (trouble) contains [envelops] PR (voting system - Proportional Representation)
10 First seaside attraction to include rock, English made, at outset (7)
PREMIER
PIER (seaside attraction) contains [to include] R{ock} E{nglish} M{ade} [at outset]
11 Unorthodox healer, very involved in Channel port (2,5)
LE HAVRE
V (very) contained by [involved in] anagram [unorthodox] of HEALER
12 Say no more — extremely elite name brings lustre! (5)
SHEEN
SH (say no more!), E{lit}E [ extremely], N (name)
13 Compiler coming into money: bond (6)
CEMENT
ME (compiler) contained by [coming into] CENT (money)
14 Day nursery somewhat mediocre, cheap (6)
CRECHE
Hidden in [somewhat] {medio}CRE CHE{ap}
17 Remove answer in Gaelic language (5)
ERASE
A (answer) contained  by [in] ERSE (Gaelic language)
19 In contest surpass inaccurate people (7)
OUTRACE
OUT (inaccurate), RACE (people)
21 Popular policy retaining Conservative slant (7)
INCLINE
IN (popular) + LINE (policy) containing [retaining] C (Conservative)
22 Swimmer heading away from Beatrix? (5)
OTTER
{p}OTTER (Beatrix) [heading away]
23 At work rather hot tea leads to conversation? (5-2-5)
HEART-TO-HEART
Anagram [at work] of RATHER HOT TEA
Down
2 A supporter overacting as Biblical character (7)
ABRAHAM
A, BRA (supporter), HAM (overacting)
3 Preacher on box in the Levant, not hard — member looking up is captivated! (13)
TELEVANGELIST
LEG (member) reversed (looking up) + IS contained [captivated] by T{h}E LEVANT [not hard]. Hard work! Anyone remember Garner Ted Armstrong? He was on radio when I became aware of him but I understand he graduated to TV later.
4 Bring up film — the girl's a nonentity (6)
CIPHER
PIC (film) reversed [bring up], HER (the girl's]
5 Travel after nice surprise includes certain valuable objects (8,5)
TREASURE TROVE
TREAT (nice surprise) contains [includes] SURE (certain), then ROVE (travel)
6 Note about kid's large family? (5)
TRIBE
TE (note) contains [about] RIB (kid - tease)
7 Extraordinary street where there's shooting? (7)
STRANGE
ST (street), RANGE (where there's shooting)
8 Welcome cold shower (4)
HAIL
Two meanings. Not welcome at all, and there have been far too many such showers here this May.
13 Show great tenderness for teacher? I shall to some extent (7)
CHERISH
Hidden in [to some extent] {tea}CHER I SH{all}
15 Church with more suitable section of book (7)
CHAPTER
CH (church), APTER (more suitable)
16 Pairs originally from Bolshoi lead Roman dance (6)
BOLERO
BO{lshoi} LE{ad} RO{man}[pairs originally from...]
18 Fancy cereal used regularly in African city (5)
ACCRA
{f}A{n}C{y} C{e}R{e}A{l} [used regularly]
20 Regret about old currency unit (4)
EURO
RUE (regret) reversed [about], O (old)
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