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Times Quick Cryptic No 2008 by Hurley

A lovely puzzle from Hurley. At 9 minutes I was a minute slower than yesterday done just before, except I had one wrong at 11ac, which is what I get for trying to be too clever (and perhaps hasty) for my own good. Lots to like, with a nice mix of satisfying clues and enjoyable words. Good stuff - many thanks to Hurley!



Across
1 Having restricted Southern girl, face sack (9)
DISMISSAL - S MISS (Southern girl) restricted by DIAL (face)
6 Margaret briefly referred to fixture for hanging (3)
PEG - double definition
8 In Oman see where Minister lives (5)
MANSE - "In" oMAN SEe
9 An assertion, outspoken, getting praise (7)
ACCLAIM - sounds like ("outspoken") A CLAIM (an assertion)
10 After restoration adore old place, fabulous (2,6)
EL DORADO - anagram (after restoration) of ADORE OLD. A nice example of inflation: the legend grew from being a chieftain, to a city, to a kingdom, to an empire.
11 List flight manoeuvre (4)
ROLL - double definition. The only flight manoeuvre I could think of was LOOP THE LOOP, and if you loop "loop" you get POOL, which seemed vaguely approximate to "list" while solving. But yes, this doesn't really work for at least two good reasons.
13 Almost all of plan referring to births rejected as a sham (9)
CHARLATAN - CHARt ("almost all of" plan), NATAL (referring to births) reversed. The OED lists a charlatan as "a mountebanke, a cousening drug-seller, a pratling quack-salver, a tatler, babler". What a rich vocabulary for con-persons we have! I particularly like the 'prattling quack-salver'.
16 Connect learner with writing material (4)
LINK - L(earner) with INK (writing material)
17 Hope to include sailors, very good apparently, in lively dance (8)
HORNPIPE - HOPE to include RN (Royal Navy = sailors) PI (pious = very good apparently)
20 Extend short programme covering half of our capital (7)
PROLONG - PROG. (short programme) covering LONdon (half of our capital)
21 Watchful as lazy employee reads tabloid at first (5)
ALERT - As Lazy Employee Reads Tabloid "at first"
22 Bringing back best trophy (3)
POT - reverse TOP (best)
23 Knockabout fun as her ploy goes wrong (9)
HORSEPLAY - anagram (goes wrong) on AS HER PLOY

Down
1 She has medals mixed up (6)
DAMSEL - anagram (mixed up) of MEDALS. "She" as a noun.
2 Church council’s case for Sunday: sign of agreement follows (5)
SYNOD - SY ("case" for SundaY) NOD (sign of agreement) follows
3 To be heard, I yell for cold sweet (3,5)
ICE CREAM - is heard as I SCREAM (I yell)
4 Mag laden with scorn involved this guy? (13)
SCANDALMONGER - anagram (involved) of MAG LADEN with SCORN.
5 Absence of chess player, missing start (4)
LACK - bLACK (chess player) missing start
6 Also in scheme — group of soldiers (7)
PLATOON - TOO (also) in PLAN (scheme)
7 Bet sporting contest’s captivating Brazil’s wingers (6)
GAMBLE - GAME (sporting contest) is captivating BL (BraziL’s "wingers")
12 One featured in theatre area for long period in the past (5,3)
STONE AGE - ONE featured in STAGE (theatre area)
13 Partner’s argument against — so right! (7)
CONSORT - CON (argument against) ; SO ; RT. (right)
14 Upcoming student’s mistake (4-2)
SLIP-UP - PUPIL'S (student's) "upcoming"/reversed
15 One observing son at door maybe? (6)
SENTRY - S(on) at ENTRY (door, maybe)
18 At the outset innovative agreement is perfect (5)
IDEAL - I ("at the outset" Innovative) DEAL (agreement)
19 Imported by Mykonos, healthy food (4)
NOSH - "Imported by" mykoNOS Healthy. From Yiddish nashn, I see.
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