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Weekend Quick Cryptic 6 - Back to School by John Interred

As interest hasn't waned, (thanks to all who had a go and, especially to those who provided feedback) my fellow TimesforTheTimes contributor and expert solver, Phil Jordan, and I are continuing to produce crosswords to fill the gap left by the Saturday Times not having one. The plan is for us to alternate, publishing one a fortnight, and this week it's my turn.

You can find links to the crossword here and the answers below. Feel free to leave any comments or questions here as you would do on TfTT.

[Solution (click to open)]
And here is an explanation of the answers.

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

Across
1 Johninterred's one weird tester (6)
    SETTER - [weird] (tester)*.
4 School-leaver rankings provided by A&E, for example. (6)
    GRADES - Cryptic definition. Go to hospital to take your exams? Teacher knows best, allegedly.
8 Oliver's request for another card (5)
    TWIST -  Doublde deinition. "Please Sir, Can I have some more?" or another card at pontoon.
9 Postie's equipment is reportedly a manly accessory (7)
    MAILBAG - Sounds like (reportdely) MALE (manly) BAG (accessory).
10 Some thinkers fill pens with this (3)
   INK - Hidden [some] in thINKers.
11 Grins anew about refuting an argument (9)
   ANSWERING - (Grins anew)* [about].
12 Foreign variety of dressing that goes with beans and toast? (6)
   FRENCH - Definition and a cryptic hint - French Beans, French Toast.
13 Unfaithful? Not according to the facts (6)
   UNTRUE - Double definition
16 Reinvents career, set to be different (9)
   RECREATES - (career set)* [to be different].
18 Author of "The Female Swan" (3)
  PEN - Double definition.
19 Cross-channel invaders were no loveless Romans (7)
  NORMANS - NO RoMANS witgout the O = 0 [loveless].
20 Initially amazed this once meant smallest fundamental particles (5)
  ATOMS - First letters of  (intially) Amazed This Once Meant Smallest.
22 Firstborn of the French captured by English lieutenant (6)
  ELDEST - DES (of the, in French) [captured by] E (english) LT (lieutentant.
23 "Redo it!", ordered crossword compiler's boss (6)
  EDITOR - (Redo it)* [ordered].


Down
1 Take a test model (3)
   SIT - Double Definition.

2 Try to catch trout in river? On the contrary! It's just a little stream (7)
   TRICKLE - TICKLE (try to catch trout)  outside not [in] [on the contrary] R (river).

3 You may have to pass these to get into school (8,5)
   ENTRANCE EXAMS -  Cryptic definition.

5 Threaten to strike if you want to say something in class (5,4,4)
   RAISE ONES HAND - Cryptic definition.

6 Name a single luxurious Arab destination (5)
   DUBAI- DUB (name) A I (one; single).

7 Tone of wise environmentalist (4-5)
   SAGE GREEN - SAGE (wise) GREEN (environmentalist).

9 Fail to understand teacher (4)
   MISS - Double definition.

10 Drawing a conclusion in conference without counter argument (9)
   INFERENCE - IN conFERENCE [without] CON (counter argument).

14 Hit wine together to make emotional bond (7)
   RAPPORT - RAP (hit) PORT (wine)
.
15 Aussie pick-up trucks regularly found among gum trees (4)
   UTES - Alternate letters [regularly found among] of gUmTrEeS.

17 Was anxious about colour of rear light (5)
   CARED - CA (circa; about) RED (colour of red rear light).

21 Knight brought up in Bristol. (3)
   SIR - Reverse hidden [brought up] in BRIStol.

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