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Times Quick Cryptic No 1878 by Teazel

11 minutes, with four of those spent - for no good reason - on 9ac, 7d and correcting 12ac. A fine puzzle with good clues aplenty, my favourite I think being 18ac - many thanks to Teazel!




Across
1 Energy wasted upon gadget (3-2-3-2)
GET-UP-AND-GO - anagram (wasted) of UPON GADGET
8 Children’s character strange to find in New York (5)
NODDY - ODD (strange) to find in NY
9 Hit rain, travelling: disappeared into it? (4,3)
THIN AIR - anagram (travelling) of HIT RAIN. I don't know why I was so slow seeing this.
10 Author’s earnings from connections with ruling families (9)
ROYALTIES - ROYAL TIES = connections with ruling families
12 Curtsey for your uncle? (3)
BOB - as in Bob's your uncle. Thankfully not BOW, then, which might just work as a loose cryptic definition in a lesser crossword, as in an obeisance made by an uncle would be a bow (probably). I've seen looser clues elsewhere!
13 Discover tragic figure, forlorn at the last (5)
LEARN - LEAR (tragic figure) N (forlorN at the last)
15 Bottle comes in plainer version (5)
NERVE - comes inside plaiNER VErsion. As in to lose one's bottle. In-depth etymology here.
17 Sort of shirt, one of a set of eighteen? (3)
TEE - double definition, the second in golf.
18 Last drink? Cheers! (7,2)
BOTTOMS UP - BOTTOM (last) SUP (drink)
20 Heart perhaps shown by referee (3,4)
RED CARD - cryptic hint
21 Shy, having injured arm in this? (5)
SLING - double definition
22 Fond glances from one in woolly coat? (6,4)
SHEEPS EYES - cryptic hint

Down
1 Army officers raced for corner shop (7,5)
GENERAL STORE - GENERALS (army officers) TORE (raced)
2 Now notice is put up in miniature (5)
TODAY - AD (notice, bill, etc.) is put up/reversed in TOY (miniature)
3 Settle account, always after pressure (3)
PAY - AY (always) after P(ressure)
4 Fool: a Belfast one? (6)
NITWIT - a twit from Belfast could be an N.I. TWIT
5 Needing to play, sad losing slide (9)
GLISSANDO - anagram (needing to play) SAD LOSING
6 Inoculator’s incomprehensible speech (6)
JABBER - double definition. So there's no word 'jenner' for nonsense.
7 Where to find puzzles in paper? Advice here (7,5)
PROBLEM PAGES - double-ish definition, the first whimsical
11 California city began to collapse into lake (4,5)
LONG BEACH - anagram (to collapse) of BEGAN into LOCH (Lake)
14 A good finish on a list of tasks (6)
AGENDA - A G(ood) END (finish) on A
16 For example, spots upcoming heavy meal (6)
STODGE - EG, DOTS (for example, spots) upcoming
19 Reflective and retiring, keeping at home (5)
SHINY - SHY (retiring) keeping IN (at home)
21 Emergency call very singular (3)
SOS -SO (very) S(ingular)
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