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Times Quick Cryptic No 1969 by Breadman

A gentle end to the week compared to the last couple of days (and my last couple of Fridays) with this Quick Cryptic from Breadman. It is a curious grid with no answers more than 10 letters, which suits me fine as I find long words bother me. There are also a few gimmes like 10A, which should help you get started but, curiously, only two part-anagrams. My first one in was 1A, which got me off to a flyer. Some neat clues; my favourite was 17A and it was good to see a baking reference too. My last one in was 23A as I needed the checkers to remember the sweet green concoction. In all it took me just over the 4 minute mark, so comfortably under my average time. Nice one. Thank-you Breadman. How did you all get on?

Fortnightly Weekend Quick Cryptic. This time we have the debut of a new compiler to the team, Sawbill, in providing the extra weekend entertainment. You can find his crossword here. Enjoy! And if anyone is interested in our previous offerings you can find an index to them here.

Definitions underlined in bold italics, (Abc)* indicating anagram of Abc, deletions and "" other indicators.

Across
1 Secure box with sovereign's rifle (10)
WINCHESTER - WIN (secure) CHEST (box) ER (the queen; sovereign). Named after its inventor, Oliver. His son William's widow Sarah, heiress to a large proportion of the resulting wealth built, over many years, the wacky Winchester Mystery House, an architectural wonder and historic landmark in San Jose, CA.

Image by Christy Sharp
7 Course requiring drivers with learner signs (5)
LINKS - L (learner) INKS (signs). <pedantry>Strictly speaking you don't have to use a driver as your club for a tee-shot on a links golf course or any other</pedantry>. By the way, the Ryder Cup starts to today at the interestingly named Whistling Straits golf course on the shores of Lake Michigan, "... a course that replicates the ancient seaside links courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland." It has "nigh-on 1000 bunkers"!
8 Finishes food each time before drink (4,2)
EATS UP - EA (each) T (time) "before" SUP (drink). As any good child does even if the meal contains broccoli.
10 Hotel in capital of Norway (3)
INN - IN "capital of" Norway. Alas we've missed this year's Oslo  Aker River Equinox torchlight walk, which I've been lucky enough to enjoy in the past. My Inn there was very pleasant too.
12 Popular sci-fi writer peripherally scans Scottish city (9)
INVERNESS - IN (popular) VERNE (Jules Verne; sci-fi writer) and outside letters, "peripherally", of ScanS. Jules Verne had an affinity for Scotland and visited it in 1859 and 1879, as described here, but did he visit Inverness?
13 Badger returned to capture seabird (6)
GANNET - NAG (badger) "returned" -> GAN, NET (capture).
14 Country's prison with a district attorney (6)
CANADA - CAN (slang for prison), followed by, "with", A DA (district attorney).
17 Exactly where the bridge is located (2,3,4)
ON THE NOSE - Double definition, the second a cryptic hint (bridge of the nose). Ho ho. My favourite of the day. I'd bet on it being a winner with others too.
19 Organ starts to echo around room (3)
EAR - Initial letters, "starts to", Echo Around Room.
20 Newsman inside favouring a hat (6)
FEDORA - ED (editor; newsman) "inside" FOR (favouring) A.
21 Perfect business transaction with Apple? (5)
IDEAL - Double definition, the second an i-cryptic i-hint (I-DEAL). Ever wondered why Apple product names start with "i"? Read about it here.
23 Plan to consume once again aromatic liqueur (10)
CHARTREUSE - CHART (plan) REUSE (consume once again). My LOI - I needed the checkers to remember this sweet and perfumed green liqueur. My Dad had some in the cupboard for years - nobody had any more than once. Read about the drink here.
Down
1 Boot in sports car working well at first (10)
WELLINGTON - IN, GT (Grand Tourer; sports car) ON (working) all after WELL "at first".
2 Grandma's Indian side dish (3)
NAN - Double definition, Breadman appropriately serving us up an Indian bread on the side.
3 Inhospitable house with broken tiles (7)
HOSTILE - HO (house) "with" (tiles)*. Our first anagram is a partial one.
4 Deflect wide probing tennis stroke (6)
SWERVE - W (wide) inside, "probing", SERVE (tennis stroke).
5 Evergreen terrain includes log (5)
ENTER - Hidden, "includes", in EvergreEN TERrain. Typical sneaky setter's misdirection - log is a noun in the surface but a verb in the definition.
6 Association of workers on telephone get old teaching (8)
TUTELAGE - TU (trade union; association of workers) "on" TEL (telephone) AGE (get old). Teaching by telephone.. or video... it will never catch on will it? Oh. That's what my wife was doing in the study all day when she wasn't allowed to teach at school!
9 Especially on a training session, we hear casual shoe (10)
ESPADRILLE - ESP (standard definition for especially) "on" A, DRILLE, sounds like, "we hear", DRILL (training session).
11 Geordie entertaining in matches for a decade (8)
NINETIES - NE (North Eastern; Geordie), outside, "entertaining" IN, TIES (matches).
15 Elite gathered in rising artist's workshop (7)
ATELIER - (elite)* "gathered", "in" RA (artist) "rising" -> AR. Our second part anagram clue. And that's all the anagramming we get today.
16 Rubbish religious books in Barnet (3,3)
HOT AIR - OT (Old Testament; religious books) "in" HAIR (Barnet; a person's hair).
18 Record old companion's age (5)
EPOCH - EP (extended play; old type of record) O (old) CH (Companion of Honour).
22 Aussie native married within European Union (3)
EMU - M (married) "within" E.U. (European Union). The bird native to Australia.
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