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Times Cryptic 26444

I needed 36 minutes for this fairly straightforward offering that will probably produce some record times on the leader board. Here we go...


As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions are in curly brackets} and [indicators in square ones]


Across
1 See island store with 80% baked clay as exterior (9)
BISHOPRIC - I (island) + SHOP (store) is contained by [with...as exterior] BRIC{k} (baked clay) [80%]
6 Small county that may be big in finance? (5)
BUCKS - Two definitions. The abbreviated [small] County of Buckinghamshire, and a reference to "big bucks" in financial circles.
9 Maintain independence : advance oneself autodidactically! (2,4,3,6)
BE ONES OWN MASTER - Also two definitions, to be one's own boss, for example, and to teach oneself.
10 Quiet girl taking in a film (6)
PATINA - P (quiet), A, TINA (girl)
11 Hold back son going in to take further instruction (8)
RESTRAIN - S (son) going in RETRAIN (take further instructions)
13 Through which we may view new cubs with no lair? (10)
BINOCULARS - Anagram [new] of CUBS NO LAIR. &lit
14 Eg Rosemary’s part of Wetherby (4)
HERB - Hidden in [part of] {Wet}HERB{y}
16 Mother’s ruin brought about by husband close at hand (4)
NIGH - GIN (mother's ruin) reversed [brought about], H (husband). Gin for mother's ruin has come up before.
17 Blow about plot initially concerning recently killed fowl, once (10)
SPATCHCOCK - SOCK (blow) contains [about] PATCH (plot) + C{oncerning] [initially]. I didn't know this definition but Chambers has it originally as a fowl dressed and cooked immediately after being killed. These days it's more commonly a culinary term for a bird that's split open and grilled.
19 Hawking scam on river and railway (8)
FALCONRY - FAL (river - in Cornwall), CON (scam), RY (railway)
20 Rifleman given piece of cake by Queen? (6)
SNIPER - SNIP (piece of cake, in the sense of something that's easy), ER (Queen)
23 What better hopes for reforming those in authority? (3,6,4,2)
THE POWERS THAT BE - Anagram [reforming] of WHAT BETTER HOPES
24 French marshal backed by party’s senior member (5)
DOYEN - DO (party), NEY (French marshal) reversed [backed]
25 Frivolously time a single woman in motoring event (9)
TRIVIALLY - T (time), then I (a single) + VI (woman) in RALLY (motoring event)
Down
1 Live broadcast’s opening work, an example of jazz (5)
BEBOP - BE (live), B{roadcast's} [opening], OP (work)
2 Where some aim to film in grand building like the Prado? (8-7)
SHOOTING-GALLERY - SHOOT (film), IN, G (grand), GALLERY (building like the Prado - art gallery in Madrid)
3 Excessively particular old king visiting Antonio’s place (4-4)
OVER-NICE - O (old), R (king) inside [visiting]  VENICE (Antonio's place - title character in The Merchant of Venice)
4 Swindle money out of / man on board? (4)
ROOK - Two definitions
5 Give blessing to studies connected with City tariff (10)
CONSECRATE - CONS (studies), EC (city - postcode East Central, the financial district of London), RATE (tariff)
6 Attend end of party university held for glamour girl (6)
BEAUTY - BE AT (attend) contains [held] U (university), {part}Y [end]
7 Injured at coast, I got help — here, possibly? (7,8)
COTTAGE HOSPITAL - Anagram [injured] of AT COAST I GOT HELP. &lit.
8 Bound volume omitting origin of oldest type of gazelle (9)
SPRINGBOK - SPRING (bound),  BO{o}K (volume) [omitting origin of Oldest]
12 Tense female in form after place at university (10)
PLUPERFECT - PL (place), UP (at university), then F (female) in ERECT (form)
13 Boy, English, adapted, we hear, and did well out of it (9)
BENEFITED - BEN (boy), E (English), sounds like [we hear] "fitted" (adapted)
15 Hover in quiet road in Oriental city (8)
SHANGHAI - HANG (hover)  in SH (quiet), A1 (road)
18 Politician without Bill’s companion’s protective covering (6)
COCOON - CON (politician) contains [without] COO (bill's companion, as in bill and coo). Coming so soon after 3dn I had Ben on my mind as Bill's possible companion. Flobbalob!
21 Like Bunter losing head, becoming weak and thin? (5)
REEDY - {g}REEDY (like Bunter) [losing head]. More childhood thoughts for this one with happy memories of Billy Bunter, the  Fat Owl of the Remove. Beasts!
22 Appeal over upset wine, a white one (4)
ASTI - SA (appeal) reversed [over], IT (wine - Italian vermouth) reversed [upset]. The definition "a white one" refers back to "wine". I hope I have parsed this one correctly as it's a bit confusing. I tried to make one indicator cover both reversals but couldn't make sense of it that way.
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