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Times Quick Cryptic 1466 by Joker

A QC which was so well devised that it led me the wrong way around most of the clues. I gave up on any thought of timings and settled down to work through and enjoy the cleverness of the clues and why some definitions were so unobvious. I struggled most when trying to finish in the NE but made it in the end.

For Jackkt (and anyone else) who has mentioned problems with reading the font, I would point out that the word in 3dn is BURN (not bum).

ACROSS

4. Eccentric drunken widower giving out whiskey (6)

WEIRDO - anagram (drunken) of wIDOWER - without whiskey (W).

7. Sell death-trap missing odd parts for prolonged quarrel (8)

VENDETTA - sell (VEND), d(E)a(T)h (T)r(A)p.

8. What tea does at home — fine with us English (6)

INFUSE - at home (IN), fine (F) with us (US), English (E).

9. Current desperate before court is not going straight (8)

INDIRECT - current (IN - vogue), desperate (DIRE - bad), court (CT).

10. Notice small storage container (4)

SPOT - small (S), storage container (POT).

12. Chest bone found in tumulus near the end (8)

MORIBUND - chest bone (RIB) found in tumulus (MOUND).

15. Star rode about in open-top car (8)

ROADSTER - anagram (about) of STAR RODE.

18. Chairmen regularly feel concern (4)

CARE - (C)h(A)i(R)m(E)n.

20. Discovering strange and flashy jewellery (8)

RUMBLING (finding out about) - strange (RUM), flashy jewellery (BLING).

22. Cast embracing chap showing compassion (6)

HUMANE - cast (HUE/shade/colour) around chap (MAN).

23. Dislike a particular edition (8)

AVERSION - a (A), particular edition (VERSION).

24. A key opening for period before Christmas (6)

ADVENT - a (A), key (D - music), opening (VENT).

DOWN

1. Be inclined to be skinny (4)

Double definition.

2. Hooked cadet did badly (8)

ADDICTED - anagram (badly) of CADET DID.

3. Burn saint concerning a mass (6)

STREAM (this meaning of burn took me ages) - Saint (ST), concerning (RE), a (A), mass (M - as in mass in physics not in a church). COD for doubly confusing me.

4. One serving island in the sea, perhaps (6)

WAITER - island (I) in sea, perhaps/for example (WATER).

5. Intelligence of kinfolk? (4)

INFO - of as in belonging to as in inside the word k(INFO)lk. expertly hidden in plain sight.

6. Creator of grid seen to be twisted (8)

DESIGNER - anagram (to be twisted) of GRID SEEN. I spent a long time trying to fit In an anagram of ‘seen to be'.

11. Advance for the UK’s currency (8)

PROPOUND - for (PRO), UK's currency (POUND).

13. United previously eliminating clubs (3)

ONE - previously (ON)c(E) - omitting clubs (C).

14. Support flogging for a violent reaction (8)

BACKLASH - support (BACK), flogging (LASH - not sure these are really synonymous but by now I’m enjoying the clues too much to quibble).

16. Hard coming in to deal with possibility of trouble (6)

THREAT - hard (H) coming in to deal with (TREAT - eg patient).

17. Sheep, black is a bit of a fast fighter? (6)

RAMJET - sheep (RAM), black (JET). Well, I suppose I’ve heard of 'ramjet' and I’m sure it’s in all the sources but it didn’t leap out at me.

19. Become weaker and pale with little energy (4)

WANE - pale (WAN), little energy (E).

21. Corner quite the opposite of satisfactory (4)

NOOK - the opposite of satisfactory=NO OK. a final devious twist to finish us off - thanks Joker.

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