May 28th, 2021

Quick Cryptic 1884 by Mara

Quite the anagram fest today, which usually indicates the easier end of the spectrum, though I took 8 minutes which is mid-range for me. CoD probably 16ac.

Across
1 Thought of French being set free (12)
DELIBERATION - DE + LIBERATION
8 Reddish-brown colour one's seen in mushy peas (5)
SEPIA - I inside anagram ('mushy') of PEAS. Curarist's third law is that a nice familiar two-word phrase (e.g. 'mushy peas') should always be split up to solve the clue
9 Imagine extraordinary red feline returning (5,2)
DREAM UP - anagram ('extraordinary') of RED plus PUMA backwards
10 Money trimmed, small figure (3)
ONE - mONEy
11 Gives up prostitute, getting shot in the arm (4-5)
KICK-START - KICKS TART
13 Short day in warmer African country (5)
SUDAN - DA inside SUN
14 Fruit gobbled up by little mongrel (5)
LEMON - hidden word: littLE MONgrel
16 Extraordinary row with Samoan rower (9)
OARSWOMAN - anagram ('extraordinary') of ROW + SAMOAN
17 Days in March initially quite dark (3)
DIM - Days In March
19 Before noble, one queen (7)
EARLIER - EARL + I + ER
21 In need of opening, kitchen passage (5)
ALLEY - GALLEY minus the first letter
22 Shop offering drunk ale, no regrets! (7,5)
GENERAL STORE - anagram ('drunk') of  ALE NO REGRETS

Down
1 Club is in district of Washington and capital of Ohio (5)
DISCO - IS inside DC, plus O for Ohio
2 I see what you're saying! (3,6)
LIP READER - cryptic definition
3 Both chess players going to extremes (5,3,5)
BLACK AND WHITE - self-explanatory. Though I'm not sure whether 'going to' should be part of the definition.
4 Drop awful crude joke, finally (6)
REDUCE - anagram ('awful') of CRUDE + E
5 People in the Bible destroying Satan with holiness (13)
THESSALONIANS - anagram ('destroying') of SATAN HOLINESS. St Paul wrote to them a couple of times
6 Unit giving nothing to Her Majesty (3)
OHM - O + HM. SI Unit of electrical resistance
7 Notice working? Exactly! (4,2)
SPOT ON - SPOT + ON
12 Burrowing animal, or llama I'd cooked! (9)
ARMADILLO - anagram ('cooked') of OR LLAMA ID
13 Pelt despicable group (6)
SHOWER - double definition
15 Barium processed in Italian region (6)
UMBRIA - anagram ('processed') of BARIUM
18 Some mistake by ambassador reversed, perhaps (5)
MAYBE - reverse hidden word: mistakE BY AMbassador
20 Eggs for two people, ultimately (3)
ROE - last letters of foR twO peoplE