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Times Quick Cryptic No 1833 by Des

Des is an infrequent setter who I have blogged a couple of times before.  I find that his puzzles are usually accessible and elegant, with occasional use of rare or archaic vocabulary, as is the case here.  6a, 2d, 6d, 14d and 16d may cause some hold ups, but I think are all perfectly fair.  This particular puzzle stretched me to 18 minutes – three over my target, but I really enjoyed the challenge, and in this week of challenging QCs, 18 minutes isn't bad.

COD 6a, FOI 1a, WOD 19a.

I can't believe that we are a few days away from June - what happened to spring and early summer?


Across

Unhappy DIY’s made complicated(8)
DISMAYED – Anagram (complicated) of [DIY’S MADE].
6  Energy, at the present time, no longer sufficient (4)
ENOW – Lot’s of dimensions here.  The straight parsing is E{nergy} and NOW (present time) to give ENOW which is an archaic word (i.e. no longer used) for ‘enough’ or sufficient.  However, ENOW is also defined as a Scottish and dialectic word for ‘a moment ago’ or ‘presently’, so ‘at the present time’ could be doing double duty as a second definition, but that leaves Energy hanging!
8  Clubber gazed around, taking in Croatian capital (6)
ZAGREB – Reverse (around) hidden (taking in) in {club}BER GAZ{ed}.  Who looked for a 5-letter word for gazed containing a C and meaning Clubber?
Scottish landowners in Los Angeles – one’s crossing road (6)
LAIRDS – LA (Los Angeles) and I’S (one’s) outside of RD (road).
10 Little the outlaw does for his royal enemy (4)
JOHN – A cryptic hint at a double definition.  Little JOHN was one of the Merry Men, or outlaws in Robin Hood’s gang, who were opposed to King JOHN (who could therefore be described as his royal enemy).
11  Relative of swan confused with lion (3-2-3)
SON-IN-LAW – Anagram (confused with) of [SWAN] and [LION].
12  Remove stunted vegetation (5)
SCRUB – Double definition.
13  Ease, lazily at first, into a set (5)
ALLAY – L{azily} (at first) inside (into) A (a) and LAY (set, as in set / lay the table).  To ALLAY a fear is to ease it.
15  Fight when teetotaller gets in birthday beer! (2,6)
DO BATTLE – DOB (date of birth, birthday) followed by ALE (beer) into which TT (teetotaller) has been inserted.
17  Mighty impressive record in charge (4)
EPIC – EP (record, extended-play) and I{n} C{harge}.
19  Understand loud social gathering hasn’t ended (6)
FATHOM – F (loud, forte in musical notation) and AT-HOM{e} (social gathering, not ending).  An at-home is an old-fashioned term for a reception (social gathering) in someone’s own house.
20  Leading journo travelled back across it (6)
EDITOR – RODE (travelled) reversed (back) containing IT.
21  Which two hints are taken initially? (4)
THAT – Leading letters (initially) of Two Hints Are Taken.
22  Calls to collect the woman’s fruit (8)
CHERRIES – CRIES (calls) containing (to collect) HER (the woman’s).


Down

2  I am past the final stage of development (5)
IMAGO – I’M (I am) and AGO (past).  IMAGO is the final, or perfect stage of an insect’s development.
3  Horse runs around in tar (7)
MARINER – MARE (horse) and R{uns} containing (around) IN (in).  Tar as in MARINER or sailor.
4  Upset by grasping old ruffian (3)
YOB – BY (reversed or upset) to give YB containing O{ld}.
Sketch Madeline, a temptress, in part! (9)
DELINEATE – Nicely hidden (part) in {ma}DELINE A TE{mptress)
6  Recalled unsophisticated French spa town (5)
EVIAN – NAÏVE (unsophisticated) reversed (recalled).  EVIAN only really known to me from the bottled water.
7 Mother could be odd ally (3,4)
OLD LADY – Anagram (could be) of [ODD ALLY].  Whilst I recognise the validity of OLD LADY for mother, I personally find it a little offensive.
11  Like tiny particles of mosaic, but different (9)
SUBATOMIC – Anagram (different) of [MOSAIC, BUT].
12  Cat put in bag – hard to bear (7)
STOMACH – TOM (cat) inside (put in) SAC (bag) and H{ard}.  To STOMACH as a verb is to bear something or put up with it.
14  More wary of large stranger (7)
LEERIER – L{arge} and EERIER (stranger).
16  Hates breaking dish (5)
ASHET – Anagram (breaking) of [HATES].  An ASHET is a (mostly) Scottish term for a large meat-plate or serving dish, with which I am familiar by marriage!
18  Primarily, intelligence and love combined (2,3)
IN ONE – I{ntelligence} (primarily) and NONE (love).
20  Woman undressed in garden the previous day (3)
EVE – Double definition.
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