william_j_s (william_j_s) wrote in times_xwd_times,
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Times Quick Cryptic 1997 by Hurley

Really enjoyed this. Not a puzzle with exceptionally polished surfaces, but just confusing enough to entertain.

There is not a single word in any of the clues or answers that is unusual or unreasonable, nor any really obscure crosswordese, so I hope you all came in below target. Nevertheless, it was a very mixed bag for me, difficulty-wise. A few answers just jumped out, most took a second look, and a couple were very reticent to fall (for no obvious reason now). I was pushed just beyond my averge solving time.

Definitions underlined.

Across
1 Mother’s period home given to daughter, very bright person! (10)
MASTERMIND - MA'S (mother's), TERM (period), IN (home), and D (daughter).
8 Passionate type of romantic relationship is doomed, initially (6)
TORRID - first letters from (initially) Type Of Romantic Relationship Is Doomed.
9 Seaman gets new beginning — he’s working in menswear (6)
TAILOR - sAILOR (seaman) replacing the 's' for a 'T' (gets new beginning).
10 Genuine regret, after time (4)
TRUE - RUE (regret) after T (time).
11 Signs figure in harbour towns (8)
PORTENTS - TEN (figure) in PORTS (harbour towns).
12 Unfortunately goes to butt of jokes (6)
STOOGE - anagram of (unfortunately) GOES TO.
14 An accompanying person in Paris is stifling exclamation of surprise (6)
ESCORT - EST (French for (in Paris) 'is') containing (stifling) COR (exclamation of surprise).
16 First appearance of rime, peer curiously (8)
PREMIERE - anagram of (curiously) RIME PEER.
18 Jibing at heart when showing prejudice (4)
BIAS - central letters from (at heart) jiBIng, then AS (when).
20 Name that’s seen on door? (6)
HANDLE - double definition.
21 Good score for child’s term for flier (6)
BIRDIE - double definition.
22 Great hotel for swimming on the whole (10)
ALTOGETHER - anagram of (for swimming) GREAT HOTEL.

Down
2 Love in the morning associated with us? (5)
AMOUR - AM (the morning) and OUR (associated with us).
3 Wreck party after hill exercise (7)
TORPEDO - DO (party), after TOR (hill) and PE (exercise).
4 Brought up the German wine (3)
RED - reversal of (brought up) DER ('the', in German).
5 Ultimately got free rein, mistakenly, to meddle (9)
INTERFERE - anagram of (mistakenly) the last letter of (ultimately) goT with FREE REIN.
6 Doctor, I have ambition! (5)
DRIVE - DR (doctor) and I'VE (I have).
7 Promote development of New Forest (6)
FOSTER - anagram of (new) FOREST.
11 Point about playground garden — an example to be followed (9)
PRECEDENT - PT (point) containing (about) REC (playground) and EDEN (garden).
13 Ultimate in smart town headgear (6)
TURBAN - last letter of (ultimate in) smarT, then URBAN (town).
15 Entertainment seen in ancient era, bacchanalian, recalled (7)
CABARET - hidden in (seen in) ancienT ERA BACchanalian reversed (recalled).
17 Communicators on the rise aim to captivate English Duke (5)
MEDIA - reversal of (on the rise) AIM, containing (to captivate) E (English) and D (Duke).
19 Assistant interrupted by second digression (5)
ASIDE - AIDE (assistant) containing (interrupted by) S (second).
21 Abridge on regular basis — that’s important (3)
BIG - every other letter from (on a regular basis) aBrIdGe.
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