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QC 1295 by Hurley

Another skeletal blog from me this week I am afraid. Too much going on in real life for me to spend much time on it. Gradually managing to clear my backlog of 15x15s I am glad to say as I thought I was losing my appetite for them (down to about 10 now from 20).

This was a medium difficulty puzzle with straightforward cluing, no question marks and all pretty much according to Hoyle. Thank you to Hurley for a good ten-minute work out with the morning lifesaver.

FOI was 1A, LOI was 12D I think (so obvious that I couldn't see it at first) and COD goes to 5A as being the most succinct and economical clue on offer IMHO.

No readings on the NATRAF (Nina And Theme Radar And Filter).

Definitions are underlined, and everything else is explained just as I see it in the simplest language I can manage.

Across
1 Acts badly after work at keyboard getting the same parts? (8)
TYPECAST - anagram of ACTS ('badly') = CAST, put after TYPE (work at keyboard).
5 Produced money, we hear (4)
BRED - homophone for BREAD (slang for money, as in "Hey, don't be such a real heavy breadhead, Man!")
9 Custom from American era (5)
USAGE - US (American) + AGE (era).
10 Personal target leading to footballer’s error (3,4)
OWN GOAL - almost a double definition, a personal target possibly being one's 'OWN GOAL'.
11 Coming in holding that isn’t regularly amusing (12)
ENTERTAINING - ENTERING (coming in) 'holding' TAIN (ThAt IsN't 'regularly').
13 TV feature perhaps recalled in tuneful air, eastern (6)
AERIAL - reversed ('recalled') hidden word: tunefuL AIR EAstern.
15 Warn about edges of route in overcrowded area (6)
WARREN - WARN 'about' RE (edges of RoutE).
17 Unexpectedly gave a car next, spending too much (12)
EXTRAVAGANCE - straight anagram ('unexpectedly') of GAVE A CAR NEXT = EXTRAVAGANCE.
20 Advance payment showing sincerity (7)
EARNEST - &lit. + double definition. The first definition of EARNEST in this context is 'advance payment', which incidentally implies an intention to pay the remainder (thus 'sincerity'). So EARNEST means a type of 'ADVANCE PAYMENT', and also 'SHOWING SINCERITY' but also means 'ADVANCE PAYMENT SHOWING SINCERITY'.
21 Introduction of secure, healthy, source of gas (5)
SHALE - I think this is what all the fracking controversy is about isn't it? Getting gas from shale? Anyway, cryptically it is S (introduction of Secure) plus HALE (healthy, as in 'hale and hearty').
22 Guy from Egypt he obliges (4)
THEO - hidden word: EgypT HE Obliges.
23 Find beer possibly as favour (8)
BEFRIEND - straight anagram ('possibly') of FIND BEER = BEFRIEND.
Down
1 He could be tough, lacking love? (4)
THUG - anagramatic &lit. Anagram of TUGH (TOUGH 'lacking' O (love)) = THUG, and then the whole is a possible definition of a THUG.
2 Shellfish that’s uncooked put into empty pan (5)
PRAWN - RAW (uncooked) in an 'empty' PaN'.
3 Sweet having me in calmer race, somehow (5,7)
CREME CARAMEL - straight anagram of CALMER RACE ('somehow') with ME inside.
4 Unruffled sound from cow in south (6)
SMOOTH - MOO (sound from cow) in STH (south).
6 Having climbed moor? That is right, it’s more spacious (7)
ROOMIER - ROOM = MOOR ('climbed' in this down clue) + IE (id est, that is) + R (right)
7 Tipping hat, one overseeing man, hard-working (8)
DILIGENT - DIL = LID (hat) 'tipping' + I (one) + GENT (man).
8 Nasty stain mars a chair arm initially — protective cloth found (12)
ANTIMACASSAR - anagram ('nasty') of STAIN MARS A + C + A (Chair Arm 'initially').
12 MP should get back in here (4,4)
SAFE SEAT - cryptic definition. An MP should manage to get back into a SAFE SEAT at an election.
14 One working no longer referring to Scottish island (7)
RETIREE - RE (referring to) + TIREE (Scottish island). I have a personal gripe with words like RETIREE and ATTENDEE. I know these words are in general usage but they annoy me because to me 'ER' (or 'OR') has always been a nominative suffix and 'EE' an accusative or dative suffix. Thus a mortgagor mortgages property to a mortgagee. An employer employs an employee. A payer pays money to a payee and so on. The result is that I religiously refer to people going to conferences as attenders and people who are retiring as retirers (unless, I suppose, they are being forced to retire against their will) and get funny looks from everybody.
16 Disconcert painter, non-drinker, extremely likable (6)
RATTLE - RA (painter, member of the Royal Academy of Arts) + TT (teetotaller) + LE ('extremely' LikeablE).
18 Pursue ornament with engraving (5)
CHASE - double definition.
19 Care for those experiencing niggling delays at first (4)
TEND - Those Experiencing Niggling Days 'at first' (i.e. initial letters).
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