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QC 1885 by Breadman

Once again I managed to do most of this sequentially, thrown off my stride only by 21A which should have been enough of a chestnut for me by now just to write it in. I even had the elements running through my mind (MAST and EWE) but spent long enough thinking about it for me to flip over to the next clue. Apart from that I should have just biffed it as I do know the term well. Just a momentary blind spot I guess.

FOI was 1A and LOI was the aforementioned buoyancy aid. COD to 6D because there is a good potential misdirection in it that I could have fallen for if I didn't already have some of the checkers: if you were only skimming the clues you might well have taken 'food shop' as the definition and biffed DELICATESSEN (same number of letters as the answer) before reading the rest of the clue.

Many thanks to Breadman for a gentle but occasionally tricky Bank Holiday puzzle.

Definitions are underlined and everything else is explained just as I see it as simply as I can.

Across
1 Winner to embrace old French writer (6,4)
VICTOR HUGO - VICTOR (winner) + HUG (to embrace) + O (old).
8 Struggle with awful sleet on river (7)
WRESTLE - W (with) + R (river) + ESTLE (anagram ('awful') of SLEET).
9 Ring huge Greek character (5)
OMEGA - O (ring) + MEGA (huge).
10 Plain meal regularly selected somewhere in Peru (4)
LIMA - pLaIn MeAl 'regularly selected'.
11 Parting sports arena after Ballesteros maybe (8)
SEVERING - Severiano 'SEVE' Ballesteros was a highly talented Spanish golfer. SEVE + RING (sports arena) gives the answer.
13 Mountainous region, to the west, Mallory traversed partly (5)
TYROL - reverse hidden word ('to the west' is a signal to us that we should read right to left): malLORY Traversed 'partly'.
14 Chief magistrate once concerned with first woman (5)
REEVE - RE (concerned with) + EVE (first woman).
16 Snail Charlie found amongst storage at sea (8)
ESCARGOT - C (Charlie) 'found amongst' ESARGOT (anagram ('at sea') of STORAGE).
17 Hospital member suffering (4)
HARM - H (hospital) + ARM (member).
20 Classical theatre Oswald's outside a very long time (5)
ODEON - OD (OswalD's 'outside', i.e. the first and last letters) + EON (a very long time).
21 Part of sailing ship contains something woolly and life jacket (3,4)
MAE WEST - MAST (part of sailing ship) 'containing' EWE (something woolly). I don't know the exact origin of this slang term for an inflatable life jacket, but I believe it may be partly rhyming slang (Mae West = vest) and also refer to the actress's famously buxom figure suggestive of pneumatic support while in the water.
22 Conventional image of potter, eyes fixed (10)
STEREOTYPE - straight anagram ('fixed') of POTTER EYES.
Down
1 Perhaps a solemn promise by the Spanish (5)
VOWEL - VOW (solemn promise) + EL ('the' in Spanish).
2 Best item on dinner table at Christmas? A sort of biscuit (5,7)
CREAM CRACKER - CREAM (best) + CRACKER (item on dinner table at Christmas).
3 Ruminant animals lacking good cereal grass (4)
OATS - gOATS (ruminant animals 'lacking' G (good).
4 Type of dog, slippery creature, grabbed by that lady (6)
HEELER - EEL (slippery creature) 'grabbed by' HER (that lady). A type of antipodean sheepdog that herds sheep by biting at their heels.
5 Part of mathematics test beneath George and myself (8)
GEOMETRY - TRY (test) 'beneath' (in this down clue) GEO (George) + ME (myself).
6 Food shop to reproach lady removing contents on purpose (12)
DELIBERATELY - DELI (food shop) + BERATE (reproach) + LY (LadY 'removing contents').
7 Loosely hang fish at end of day (6)
DANGLE - D (one end of Day) + ANGLE (fish).
12 Unusual article about new musical instrument (8)
CLARINET - CLARIET (anagram 'unusual' of ARTICLE) 'about' N (new).
13 Small earthquake damaged Metro railway primarily (6)
TREMOR TREMO (anagram ('damaged') of METRO) + R (Railway 'primarily').
15 One-time pro associated with French sea (6)
FORMER - FOR (pro) + MER (French for sea).
18 Little child obtains right headwear (5)
MITRE - MITE (little child) 'obtaining' R (right).
19 Brave man in the rocket (4)
HERO - hidden word: 'in' tHE ROcket.
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