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Times Quick Cryptic 1867 by Hurley

Lovely. This puzzle seemed effortlessly cryptic, with nothing too obvious or obtuse. I didn't get 1ac straight away, but did manage 1dn and built from there. Although there were a couple of clues where I had only entered half an answer before moving on, the only real sticking points were 7dn, 16dn (inexplicably), and my last one in 13dn (never heard of it).

COD to 6dn - definition and anagram both made me smile. Thanks Hurley.

Definitions underlined.

Across
1 Watching — not entirely sure cover is alongside weapon (12)
SURVEILLANCE - all-but-the-last letters of (not entirely) SURe, then VEIL (cover) and LANCE (weapon).
8 City pro turned out to be islander (7)
CYPRIOT - anagram (turned out) CITY PRO.
9 Feature of Church, special, I linked with Religious Education (5)
SPIRE - SP (special), I, then RE (religious education).
10 Held back in Belfast so organised place to sleep (5)
ROOST - reverse hiden (held back) in belfasT SO ORganised.
11 After artist’s come round, eat fish (7)
SARDINE -  DINE (eat) after RA'S (Royal Academician's, artist's) been reversed (come round). Almost COD!
12 House workers’ representatives before party by river (5)
TUDOR - TU (trade union, workers' representatives), DO (party), then R (river).
14 Partner’s arguments against leading to nought, right? (7)
CONSORT - CONS (arguments against) then (leading to) O (nought) and RT (right).
15 Home cider seen brewing (9)
RESIDENCE - anagram of (brewing) CIDER SEEN.
17 Make a choice — work ahead of time (3)
OPT - OP (opus, work) then (ahead of) T (time).
19 Small girl getting on for some fun on wheels (13)
SKATEBOARDING - S (small), KATE (girl), BOARDING (getting on).
21 Annoyingly involve oneself in award, we hear (6)
MEDDLE - sounds like (we hear) "medal" (award).
22 Discourage fellow taking daughter for piano (5)
DETER - pETER (fellow) with D (daughter) replacing (for) 'p' (piano).

Down
1 Threat from icy ruts — skier upset (8,4)
SECURITY RISK - anagram of (upset) ICY RUTS SKIER.
2 Free to import personal computer or parachute feature? (7)
RIPCORD - RID (free) containing (to import) PC (personal computer) and OR.
3 Readmit city, oddly absent in decree (5)
EDICT - ervery even letter from (oddly absent) rEaDmIt CiTy.
4 Great deal on American plant (5)
LOTUS - LOT (great deal) and US (American).
5 Confidence as ace runs round the bend? (9)
ASSURANCE - anagram of (round the bend) AS ACE RUNS.
6 Expert in doing wrong shows I’m storing coil faultily? (13)
CRIMINOLOGIST - anagram of (faultily) I'M STORING COIL.
7 Go over imperfection (6)
DEFECT - double definition.
13 Duck revolutionary leader (7)
REDHEAD - RED (revolutionary) and HEAD (leader).
14 Overlook scam, finished (7)
CONDONE - CON (scam) and DONE (finished).
16 Interest in post (5)
STAKE - double definition.
18 Cat, good, taken into bank (5)
TIGER - G (good) contained by (taken into) TIER (bank).
20 Something for angler in River Oder (3)
ROD - hidden in riveR ODen.
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