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Times Quick Cryptic 1962 by Oink

Emergency Blog. No time for full explanations but if anything needs more detail please ask. I found this one particularly hard for some reason. I actually stopped the clock twice and took breaks.

Solving time: 20 minutes over three sessions.

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 Mooch about, indulged from time to time (4)
IDLE
I{n}D{u}L{g}E{d} [from time to time]
4 Get a grip! (8)
PURCHASE
DD
8 I teach PT badly. Sorry! (8)
PATHETIC
Anagram [badly] of I TEACH PT
9 Get rid of hut in garden (4)
SHED
DD
10 Right by snake, another wild creature (4)
BOAR
BOA (snake), R (right). Our customary porcine reference from this setter.
11 Detective inspectors try to show revulsion (8)
DISTASTE
DI'S (detective inspectors), TASTE (try)
12 Curious child, but likely to succeed? (4,2)
ODDS ON
ODD (curious), SON (child)
14 Latin dictionary limiting charge (6)
INDICT
Hidden in [limiting] {Lat}IN DICT{ionary}
16 Bachelor lounged about in club (8)
BLUDGEON
B (bachelor), anagram [about] of LOUNGED
18 Look, it's the Speaker's dog! (4)
PEEK
Sounds like [the Speaker's] "peke" (dog)
19 Head knocking bishop out on one occasion (4)
ONCE
{b}ONCE (head) [knocking bishop out]
20 Where one might find pate de foie gras without much difficulty? (2,1,5)
ON A PLATE
DD
22 Noblewoman's fiddle, item of value must be returned (8)
CONTESSA
CON (fiddle), then ASSET (item of value) reversed [returned]
23 Endeavour to protect old Conservative (4)
TORY
TRY (endeavour) containing [to protect] O (old)
Down
2 No servant recalled duke, a very special chap (7)
DIAMOND
NO + MAID (servant) returned [recalled], D (duke)
3 Either one can go for anaesthetic (5)
ETHER
E{i}THER [one can go]
4 Kitty in retro blouse? (3)
POT
TOP (blouse) [in retro]
5 Crises one mishandled in slump (9)
RECESSION
Anagram [mishandled] of CRISES ONE
6 Save one's partner? (7)
HUSBAND
DD
7 Reporters accommodation is delightful (5)
SWEET
Sounds like [reporter's] "suite" [accommodation]
11 Hairy doctor argued with son (9)
DANGEROUS
Anagram [doctor] of ARGUED SON
13 Count up Es in street — most distressing! (7)
SADDEST
ADD E'S (count up Es) contained by [in] ST (street)
15 Instigator captured in massacre at orphanage (7)
CREATOR
Hidden [captured] in {massa}CRE AT OR{phanage}
17 Language game needs new beginning (5)
LINGO
Bingo (game) needs new beginning to become LINGO
18 Story about one's guide (5)
PILOT
PLOT (story) contains [about] I (one)
21 Fathead occasionally ignored, I see (3)
AHA
{f}A{t}H{e}A{d} [occasionally ignored]
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