A Puzzle by Caradoc
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As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
Sorry but as my wife is largely bed bound with severe joint inflammation, I have explained the clues but do not have the time or energy to do a more detailed analysis this evening. I will try and add more detailed comments later.
8a Major conclusion doctor reaches in investigation (8)
RESEARCH: The last letter (conclusion) of major followed by an anagram (doctor) of reaches.
9a Quietly heading for home, finally to depart on light carrier (6)
PHOTON: The musical abbreviation for quietly followed by the first letter (heading for) of home, the last letters (finally) of to and depart and the ON from the clue.
10a Relative is fresh around English pub (6)
NEPHEW: A three-letter word meaning fresh around the abbreviations for English and public house.
11a After a time, net value implodes (8)
EVENTUAL: An anagram (implodes) of NET VALUE.
12a Questions from discontented Welsh youths (4)
WHYS: The outer letters (discontented) of the final two words of the clue.
13a Right in, Deb said, “I’m somehow never the centre of attention?” (10)
BRIDESMAID: The abbreviation for right inside an anagram (somehow) of DEB SAID IM.
15a Drops off source of spy’s nuclear leaks (7)
SNOOZES: The initial letter (source) of spy followed by the abbreviation for nuclear and a five-letter word meaning leaks.
16a Obscure character not quite up to scratch, advanced with a little support with practitioners of martial art (7)
JUDOKAS: The name of the literary character ???? the Obscure with the final letter removed (not quite) followed by a two-letter word meaning up to scratch, the abbreviation for advanced and the first letter (little) of support.
18a Hunted criminal trapped by little devils, down down here? (2,3,5)
IN THE DUMPS: An anagram (criminal) of HUNTED inside a four-letter word for little devils.
19a Unlikely to last in China: flees and heads for Incheon and freedom (2,2)
AS IF: The last letters of China and flees followed by the first letter (heads for) Incheon and freedom.
20a Take last two pieces each from Zoom Hotel buffet, and plate dish (8)
OMELETTE: The final two letters from each of the words Zoom, Hotel, Buffet and plate.
22a Regretting bungled deregulation, wasting time and abandoning old deal (6)
RUEING: An anagram (bungles) of DEREGULATION after removing (wasting / abandoning) the abbreviations for time and old and the letters in DEAL.
23a Pressure from reduced staff in the audience (6)
DEMAND: A homophone (in the audience) of DE-MANNED (reduced staff).
24a Most shady work about hunt (8)
OPAQUEST: A two-letter word for work followed by the abbreviation for about and a five-letter word for a hunt.
1d Call song – I might need it to get through to you? (9,6)
TELEPHONE NUMBER: A nine-letter word meaning to call followed by a six-letter word for a song.
2d Fantastic tale: in his pomp he is wicked (15)
MEPHISTOPHELIAN: An anagram (fantastic) of TALE IN HIS POMP HE.
3d Toast to dead in St Mary-le-Bow? (5,5)
BROWN BREAD: The Cockney rhyming slang (in St Mary-le-Bow) for “dead”.
4d One excited after lead characters in Phantom and Hulk team up in US city (7)
PHOENIX: An anagram (excited) of ONE after the initial letters (lead characters in) of Phantom and Hulk and a reversal (up) of the number of players (in Roman numerals) in a football team.
5d Part of suitable space used up in church (4)
APSE: The answer is hidden (part of) and reversed (used up) in the third and fourth words of the clue.
6d Sixth in league, poor Man U in disarray during match; losing start for Tottenham happening at the same time (15)
CONTEMPORANEOUS: An anagram (in disarray) of E (the sixth letter in league) POOR MAN U inside a seven-letter word for a match that does not include (losing) the initial letter (start for) of Tottenham.
7d A militant riots: a radical dictatorship (15)
TOTALITARIANISM: An anagram (radical) of A MILITANT RIOTS A.
14d Mounted barbeque’s triangular enclosure (10)
EQUESTRIAN: The answer is hidden (enclosure) in the second and third words of the clue.
17d Extremely deficient memory recollecting a type of penguin (7)
EMPEROR: The inner letters (extremely deficient) of memory include (recollecting) a three-letter word meaning a.
21d Current temperature: 1 degree on 7th of December (4)
TIDE: The abbreviation for temperature followed by the letter representing one, the abbreviation for degree and the 7th letter of December.