Solved this one while on the most obnoxious phone call with Amazon, trying to locate some missing packages. Despite being highly distracted, I didn't find this one too difficult. It did seem that there were many UK-centric terms, which I'll have to figure out while writing the blog.
|6||Clever bishop, unsettled? (6)|
|BRAINY - B (bishop) + RAINY (unsettled?)
I guess 'unsettled weather' means any sort of weather that isn't calm and pleasant.
|7||Person who writes [of] a universal god (6)|
|AUTHOR - A (a) + U (universal) + THOR (god)
'U' is a film rating in the UK, akin, I imagine, to 'G' in the US.
|9||Some freedom, I think, to exclude (4)|
|OMIT - letters in (some) FREEDOM I THINK (freedom I think)|
|10||A titan in North Korea initially [finding] sort of weapon (8)|
|ANTITANK - A (a) + TITAN (titan) in (in) NORTH KOREA (North Korea) reduced to first letters (initially)|
|11||Bully unhappy about Director General appearing (8)|
|BLUDGEON - BLUE (unhappy) around (about) DG (Director General) + ON (appearing)|
|13||Former librarian advising trade exhibition, just starting (4)|
|LATE - LIBRARIAN ADVISING TRADE EXHIBITION (librarian advising trade exhibition) reduced to first letters (just starting)|
|15||Multitude, crazy, leaderless (4)|
|ARMY - BARMY (crazy) without its first letter (leaderless)
Didn't know 'barmy' at all.
|16||Unusual step — rest [in] Church in Rome (2,6)|
|ST PETERS - anagram of (unusual) STEP REST (step rest)|
|18||Get away with a daughter on board [for] adventure (8)|
|ESCAPADE - ESCAPE (get away) with (with) A (a) + D (daughter) inside (on board)|
|20||Rugby Union — the French hold sway (4)|
|RULE - RU (Rugby Union) + LE (the [in] French)|
|21||On radio, might Catherine briefly be successful? (4,2)|
|MAKE IT - homophone of (on radio) MAY KIT (might Catherine briefly)|
|22||Wrongly arrest rubberneck (6)|
|STARER - anagram of (wrongly) ARREST (arrest)|
|1||Good — find out Romeo [is] the one complaining (8)|
|GRUMBLER - G (good) + RUMBLE (find out) + R (Romeo)
I imagine 'rumble' is Cockney Rhyming Slang? I hadn't heard of it but it felt right.
|2||Annual production — [of] bakery I’d chat about? (8,4)|
|BIRTHDAY CAKE - BAKERY I'D CHAT (bakery I'd chat) anagrammed (about)|
|3||Spin energy raters conceal (6)|
|GYRATE - ENERGY RATERS (energy raters) contains the letters of the answer (conceal)|
|4||Join football administrators’ team, one short? (6)|
|FASTEN - FA'S (football administrators') TEN (team, one short?)
Eleven on a football team.
|5||Timely midpoint unchanged after revolution (4)|
|NOON - cryptic definition
'Noon' being a time in the middle of the day, and the word is a palindrome.
|8||Describing one-party system — attritional, beginning to age terribly (12)|
|TOTALITARIAN - ATTRITIONAL (attritional) + first letter of (beginning to) AGE (age) anagrammed (terribly)|
|12||Cereal plant royalty oddly ignored (3)|
|OAT - ROYALTY (royalty) without the odd-numbered letters (oddly ignored)|
|14||Stream entering the river [in] type of film? (8)|
|THRILLER - RILL (stream) in (entering) THE (the) + R (river)|
|16||Hut / song (6)|
|SHANTY - double definition|
|17||Parking contract to give satisfaction (6)|
|PLEASE - P (parking) + LEASE (contract)|
|19||Poles meeting extremely annoying hitch (4)|
|SNAG - S + N (poles) + (meeting) first and last letters of (extremely) ANNOYING (annoying)|