Otherwise a steady solve to this entertaining puzzle – a good level of clue, I thought, not write-ins but challenging without going too far.
So thank you Felix – that was fun.
8. Utopian – ideal. Anagram (sorting) of OUT PAIN.
9. Upper – superior. S(UPPER).
10. Latch – that could open gate. Pul(L AT CH)ain.
11. Tax free – relieved of (excise) duty. Anagram (being upset) of EX AFTER.
12. Overshoot – go beyond. Filming is completed when the SHOOT is OVER.
14. Sip – drink. Is backwards (SI), quietly (P).
16. Nap – drop off. Raised fibres on a snooker table (NAP).
18. Half crown – old coin. CROWN is found in cap after a swift HALF (which, to date, I’ve never seen consumed at the bloggers and setters do’s – the full pint being the measure of choice).
21. Starlet – future celeb. Anagram (abuse) of RATTLES.
22. Shell – attack explosively. The woman is going to – SHE’LL.
23. Wilde – Irish writer. Homophone (when speaking) of wild.
24. Left off – renounced. The Labour Party (LEFT), not on (OFF).
1. Full moon – cryptic definition. I’d always know that the moon was ‘made of cheese’ but not that it was green. So ‘moon’ didn’t occur and I tried to imagine a cheese that I wasn’t familiar with – there are Port (left) Salut and various green coloured cheeses. I made up ‘full port’ for a while which seemed sort of reasonable as an answer but made 16ac impossible.
So, now I know the moon is ‘made of green cheese’ (the green being originally young/cream cheese) then this all makes a good and not too hard clue. If none of the moon has been ‘eaten away’ it’s a full moon.
2. Bottle – double definition. The second being a 20 bottle sized bottle.
3. Pith – substance – found under the skin of an orange. Mine (PIT), hard (H).
4. One two – combination of punches. Homophone (we hear) of landed – won (ONE), as well – too (TWO).
5. Quixotic – starry eyed. Anagram (developing) of COX I QUIT.
6. Operas – (musical) works. Penel(OPE RAS)hly.
7. Urge – drive. O(U)t(R)i(G)g(E)r.
13. St. Helier – in Channel is resort. E(STHER) holding rest (LIE).
15. Pond life – creatures in water. Anagram (for disturbing) of FIND POLE.
17. Pearly – London trader – I knew the term but not the detail: The tradition of Pearly Kings and Queens can be traced to London’s street traders. These traders used to elect representatives, known as “kings” in order to defend themselves against competitors and the police.
The tradition of bedecking themselves in pearls can be traced to a 19th century roadsweeper called Henry Croft. Nothing to do with the street trader “kings”, Croft decided to create a charity to help the poor. And in order to attract attention to himself whilst fundraising, he came up with the idea of sewing pearl buttons onto his clothes.
The traders latched onto the idea and followed suit. And it is the street trader “kings” who have since become associated with elaborate suits bedecked with pearls. An average Pearly King suit will have an amazing 35,000-odd buttons sewn on to it.
Made up from (P)ub, in good time (EARLY).
18. Let fly – attack. Permit (LET), cunning (FLY).
20. Oregon – US State. Source of metal (ORE), vanished mostly (GON)e.
21. Sawn – deal (the wood) is cut. Understood (SAW), point (N).
22. Sift – riddle. (S)phinx (I)s (F)or (T)heban.