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Times Quick Cryptic No 1908 by Breadman

On the gentler side of things today from Breadman. I missed three clues on a first read through of the acrosses (8, 10, 21), which made for a lot of biffing come the downs, and the grid layout seemed to help with this. That and a chestnut or two meant I came in about 6m30, which is about as quick as I get. All good fun - many thanks to Breadman!


Across
1 Sam and Bettie working? I've no idea (2,5,2)
IT BEATS ME - anagram (working) of SAM and BETTIE
6 Aristocrat round in farm building (5)
BARON - O (round) in BARN (farm building)
8 Tackle encapsulating inspector's courage (9)
HARDINESS - HARNESS (tackle) encapsulating DI ([Detective] Inspector)
9 How drink might be downed at home by individual (2,3)
IN ONE - IN (at home) by ONE (individual). Well that paints a gloomy picture!
10 Palaver to fix Cockney's cavity following damage (9)
RIGMAROLE - RIG (fix) hOLE (Cockney's cavity) following MAR (damage). Originally a long, rambling discourse, from "Ragman Roll", a (presumably prolix) document from 1291 where Scottish nobles acknowledged Edward I as their overlord. (OED)
12 Formal agreement to dine during test (6)
TREATY - EAT (dine) during TRY (test)
13 The old chaps meeting one Middle Eastern person (6)
YEMENI - YE (the, old) MEN (chaps) meeting I (one)
16 Sunshine transformed front of the military prefab (6,3)
NISSEN HUT - anagram (transformed) of SUNSHINE, and T ("front" of The)
18 Wine and port Jane half finished (5)
RIOJA - RIO (port) JAne (Jane "half finished")
19 Female inside definitely astray (3-6)
OFF-COURSE - F(emale) inside OF COURSE (definitely)
21 Subdued Greek character and rock ‘n’ roll fan (5)
MUTED - MU (Greek character) and TED (rock ‘n’ roll fan)
22 Sound made by cat to rouse seabird (9)
KITTIWAKE - KITTI is the same sound as kitty (cat) ; WAKE (rouse)

Down
1 Acquire from ancestors home and their ground (7)
INHERIT - IN (home) and an anagram (ground) of THEIR
2 Robert pulled up mature aromatic herb (6)
BORAGE - BOR (ROB "pulled up") AGE (mature)
3 Large dog walks in regularly with terriers (5)
AKITA - w A L K s I n "regularly" with TA (terriers - nickname for the TA)
4 Visit diocese (3)
SEE - double definition
5 Holiday Linda's arranged somewhere in South Pacific (6,6)
EASTER ISLAND - anagram (arranged) of HOLIDAY LINDAS. Late edit: as spotted in the comments, this is nonsense, it is EASTER (holiday) and an anagram (arranged) of LINDAS.
6 1930s novel clear regarding musical style (8,4)
BRIGHTON ROCK - BRIGHT (clear) ON (regarding) ROCK (musical style)
7 Aussie native left in disarray without accommodation (8)
ROOMLESS - ROO (Aussie native) ; L(eft) in MESS (disarray)
11 Put too much paint on protective clothing? (8)
OVERCOAT - cryptic hint, as in over-coat/paint
14 Radical former partner Mike wearing lime perhaps (7)
EXTREME - EX (former partner) ; M(ike) wearing/in TREE(lime perhaps)
15 Health centre welcomes that woman, a climbing expert? (6)
SHERPA - SPA (health centre) welcomes HER (that woman)
17 Joe, I'm changing image in text message (5)
EMOJI - anagram (changing) of JOE IM
20 Rich Liberal leaves apartment (3)
FAT - L(iberal) leaves FLAT (apartment)
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