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Times Quick Cryptic 1916 by Joker

With apologies to those uninterested in football, I've found it impossible not to draw references from Sunday's game.

I found this something of a test - not in the same league as the Italian football team - but a test nevertheless. 13 minutes ticked by until I finished with the second of the two long down clues.

Quite a few of the down clues are really very clever.




Definitions are underlined.

Across
1 Annoyed with nation’s sport (5-7)
CROSS-COUNTRY - annoyed (CROSS), nation (COUNTRY). Well, that'll be England then.
8 The French lay back for break (3-2)
LET-UP - 'the' in French (LE), lay - put - backwards (TUP). After the first 30 minutes, the Italians didn't - let-up that is.
9 Is youngster up to finding restaurant? (7)
CANTEEN - is youngester up to (CAN TEEN). The youngsters of the English team couldn't - beat the huge Italian keeper in the shoot out.
10 Letter from abroad from Charlie with greeting (3)
CHI - Charlie (C), with greeting (HI). 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet (x). I rather stupidly toyed with hic for a while.
11 Unacceptable ruling about backing up (9)
REPUGNANT - ruling (REGNANT) around up backwards (PU). To be fair, I thought the ref did a great job with no unacceptable rulings (although I thought Sterling had a decent penalty claim).
13 Backward-looking group of reporters with a bygone style (5)
RETRO - inside the clue (a group of letters running backwards inside) rep(ORTER)s. Well hidden. Ah - the bygone style of 66.
14 Miserable person, head down to go to be sick (5)
RETCH - head or first letter down/to go/missing from miserable person w(RETCH). Quite an accurate description of me during the penalty shoot out.
16 I’m nervous about being infested (9)
VERMINOUS - anagram (about) of IM NERVOUS. And I was!
17 Short paragraph’s given backing for criminal charge (3)
RAP - short paragraph - par - backwards (RAP). Poor Gareth will take the rap for those late subs not working out as hoped.
19 Practical program deliberately gave wrong answer (7)
APPLIED - program (APP), deliberately gave wrong answer (LIED). Think applied maths.
21 Not appropriate to sleep inside it (5)
INAPT - sleep (NAP) inside it (IT).
22 Girl with nipper is a mean individual (5-7)
PENNY-PINCHER - girl (PENNY), nipper (PINCHER).
Down
1 Gut feeling commanding officer is over defeat mostly (5)
COLIC - commanding officer (CO) on top of (over) defeat mostly (LIC)k. I suppose I'm now over the defeat (mostly) - better to lose in a final than a semi.
2 Clothes shop known to have better suiting? (9)
OUTFITTER - known (OUT), better suiting (FITTER).
3 Being on top of exceptionally good job (13)
SUPERPOSITION - exceptionally good (SUPER), job (POSITION). Well, we were, and then we weren't.
4 People regularly touchy about trophy (6)
OCCUPY - t(O)u(C)h(Y) around trophy (CUP). A country is peopled by the group of people who live there. Regularly touchy about not having a trophy for so long - us?
5 Peaceful response son earns going around (3-10)
NON-AGGRESSION - anagram (around) of SON EARNS GOING. Peaceful=non-aggressive, does peaceful response=non-aggression? Happily the game was played in a good spirit all round.
6 Regret starting running up Everest (3)
RUE - (R)inning (U)p (E)verest. Well, plenty to rue, I suppose.
7 Steal tin at church (6)
SNATCH - tin (SN - chemical symbol), at (AT), church (CH). The Italians snatched the win at the end.
12 Later consequences of getting me that far drunk (9)
AFTERMATH - anagram (drunk) of ME THAT FAR. Maybe the less I say here the better - but Monday got off to a slow start.
13 Show soldiers meat from farm animal (6)
REVEAL - soldiers (RE), meat from farm animal (VEAL).
15 Part of ship finished in stoppage (4-2)
HOLD-UP - part of ship (HOLD), finished (UP - the game's up). Stoppage time makes allowance for any hold-ups and is always held up on a board.
18 Piper, perhaps noble, keeping time (5)
PETER - noble (PEER) keeping time (T). Peter Piper - or Shilton or Crouch.
20 A little pasty? One must get stuck into exercises (3)
PIE - one (I) stuck into exercises (PE). Half time necessity!
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