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Quick Cryptic 1824 by Mara

An enjoyable workout. Not sure I can predict how difficult people will find it, as there are some very straighforward clues as well as a few others that I couldn't see straight away, e.g. 5ac, 10ac. 8 minutes for me.

Across
1 Timely cue (6)
PROMPT - double definition
5 Have doubts about English spinner (6)
WEAVER - WAVER around E for english.
8 Artist in private room, Bobby (4,9)
JOHN CONSTABLE - 'Private room' is usually loo, which in American parlance is JOHN. 'Bobby' is a policeman, or CONSTABLE.
9 Speculator initially selling tin and gold (4)
STAG - Frst letters of Selling Tin And Gold
10 Praise mending of tyre after punctured (8)
FLATTERY - Anagram ('mending of') of TYRE after FLAT (puncture)
11 Standard fellow, eh? (6)
PARDON - PAR (standard), DON (fellow of a college). DON also works as 'fellow' meaning a man's name.
13 Drop class by the sound of it (6)
LESSEN -sounds like LESSON
15 Terrible despair after time moved slowly (8)
TRAIPSED - Anagram ('terrible') of DESPAIR after T for time
17 Quiet performance in ballroom I'm enjoying (4)
MIME - hidden word ballrooM IM Enjoying
19 Robert's related to the solver, no problem! (4,4,5)
BOBS YOUR UNCLE - fairly self-explanatory
21 Reflexive pronoun is left out (6)
ITSELF - IS + Anagram ('out') of LEFT
22 Call by women's group for electrical work (6)
WIRING - RING (call) after WI (women's group)

Down
2 Home base accommodating students, primarily (5)
ROOST - ROOT (base) with S for students inside
3 Chap, ancient, coped (7)
MANAGED - MAN + AGED
4 Couple seen in quiet wood (3)
TWO - hidden word: quieT WOod
5 Cried, when hugging fool, and sang carols (9)
WASSAILED - WAILED with ASS inside
6 A role that’s separate (5)
APART - A PART
7 Swell general on manoeuvres? (7)
ENLARGE - Anagram ('on manoeuvres') of GENERAL
10 Eat fish in stews, rotten (6,3)
FINISH OFF - Anagram ('stews') of FISH IN, plus OFF (rotten)
12 Broadcast left for JFK, possibly? (7)
AIRPORT - AIR (broadcast) + PORT (left)
14 Class remains disorderly (7)
SEMINAR - Anagram ('disorderly') of REMAINS
16 Topic for debate is petition (5)
ISSUE - IS + SUE (petition)
18 Italian city somewhat international I mean, on reflection (5)
MILAN - reverse hidden word: internatioNAL I Mean
20 Natural conflict after uprising (3)
RAW - WAR backwards
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