I particularly enjoyed this puzzle as it seemed to be that good blend of challenge and get-ability which makes a QC. There were also many smiles along the way notably 1, 9, 15, and 16 down.
Last week it was my pleasure to read posts from people starting on their journeys in Crossword land and posting times of 30 minutes or more in the hope of encouraging other new starters. I fully support this as, in many ways, the QC is an intro/learning point to the joys of cryptic crosswords. All comments, as always, are greatly appreciated.
I worked mostly clockwise around the grid on this finishing in the SW with 16dn in 11 minutes.
1. Perhaps U-boat, with German, to surrender (6)
SUBMIT – U-boat (SUB), ‘with’ in German (MIT). A good surface to get us going.
4. Catherine shackles artist in sport (6)
KARATE – Catherine (KATE) shackles artist (RA).
8. Female without experience strangely genuine (7)
INGENUE – anagram (strangely) of GENUINE.
10. Scheme to involve one expert at banking? (5)
PILOT – scheme (PLOT) to include one (I). The banks in question are river/sand banks which can take an expert to navigate.
11. First wife and knight on terms (4)
EVEN – not (W)ife but first wife (EVE) and knight (N in chess). On terms in a competition=level.
12. One kills when elite troops stray from path (8)
ASSASSIN – when (AS), elite troops (SAS), stray from path of virtue (SIN).
14. Show on here (9)
REPRESENT – on the subject (RE), here (PRESENT).
18. Agree money taken by party as reported (8)
COINCIDE – money (COIN), homophone (as reported) of party/team – side.
20. Egg on some burgers (4)
URGE – some of b(URGE)rs. Another fine surface.
22. African country about to embrace second religion (5)
ISLAM – West African country (Mali – about = ILAM) to embrace second (S).
23. Unrestrained, a politician breaks into bombast (7)
RAMPANT – a (A) and politician (MP) breaks into bombast (RANT).
24. Diane mistaken for another woman (6)
NADINE – anagram (mistaken) of DIANE.
25. Shun Italian man denied introduction (6)
IGNORE – Italian man s(IGNORE) denied introduction.
1. Polish initially reviled in The Sun? (6)
SHINER – polish (SHINE), (R)eviled. Not the newspaper but our star which, fortunately for most of the country, has shone for much of the last many weeks making lockdown conditions much easier to bear.
2. Nightmare with stomach after illness? (7)
BUGBEAR – stomach/stand (BEAR) after illness (BUG). Bugbear is defined as ‘a thing that causes obsessive fear or anxiety’ so does, I think, justify nightmare.
3. Hostelries in North and South (4)
INNS – in (IN), North (N) and South (S) – their reopening is greatly anticipated.
5. Some characters moving a table outside pub (8)
ALPHABET – anagram (moving) of A TABLE outside public house (PH). And why not if the sun is shining?
6. Titan hiding in downbeat LA suburb (5)
ATLAS – hiding in downbe(AT LA S)uburb.
7. Former nurse making offer (6)
EXTEND – former (EX), nurse (TEND).
9. TV cockney sneered at broadcast (9)
EASTENDER – anagram (broadcast) of SNEERED AT. Lovely surface again with broadcast being used as the anagram indicator.
13. Small fast bowler one rocket-propelled (8)
SPACEMAN – small (S), fast bowler (PACEMAN).
15. Is it too darn windy? (7)
TORNADO – I loved this clue – a tornado is, obviously, too darn windy. Anagram (windy – in the sense of the letters wind about themselves – brilliant) of TOO DARN. Additionally, tornados are frequently experienced in the American mid-West where the expression too darn windy may, reasonably, be expected. COD.
16. Order to begin shooting in battle (6)
ACTION – double definition where I didn’t expect the first to be the first 4 words – which relate to shooting a film.
17. Boil these, exploding with energy (6)
SEETHE – anagram (exploding) of THESE with energy (E).
19. Turned over papers brought to light (5)
IDLED – papers (ID), brought to light (LED – light-emitting diode which is a semiconductor device that emits light). I didn’t initially see turned over as in an engine idled.
21. Sticks up for superior (4)
SMUG – sticks – gums – upwards (SMUG).