June 26th, 2020

Quick Cryptic 1644 by Joker

Not the easiest, but fairly straightforward after the fact. I took a while to spot 7 & 8 down. 9 ac is interesting. Obvious answer, but very unusual parsing, with the definition being dragged into the word play without it really being an &lit. Not sure I've seen that before. I'll leave you all to debate the rights and wrongs of that as a device...


Across
1 Mischievous about remaining beggar (10)
IMPOVERISH - IMPISH outside OVER
8 Volcanic opening about to swallow tree (7)
CALDERA - CA (about) outside ALDER
9 Spicy rice, alluring eastern cuisine (one wants seconds!) (5)
PILAU - Second letters of sPicy rIce aLluring eAstern cUisine. A write-in but parsing took a long time
10 Mediterranean port area (4)
ACRE - double definition
11 Nearly go running through all four seasons (8)
YEARLONG - anagram ('running') of NEARLY GO
13 Type of children’s book heroine mostly following it (6)
ITALIC - IT then ALIC(e)
14 Liven up by means of hot spice (6)
PEPPER - PEP + PER
17 Understood vase is rarely open (8)
TACITURN - TACIT (understood) + URN
19 Mist surrounding river amphibian (4)
FROG - FOG with R inside
21 Rub out because put in before (5)
ERASE - AS inside ERE
22 Marksman getting small owl, perhaps (7)
SHOOTER - S + HOOTER
23 Rather sour tonic tends to go off (10)
DISCONTENT - anagram ('to go off') of TONIC TENDS
Down
2 Girl swallowing aluminium for a fever (7)
MALARIA - MARIA with AL inside
3 Start on introducing exercises (4)
OPEN - ON with PE inside
4 English reputation lies initially in painted artwork (6)
ENAMEL - E + NAME + L
5 I’m one who carries for international trader (8)
IMPORTER - I am porter
6 He will ring in greeting (5)
HELLO - HE'LL + O
7 Australian flyer has to shift equipment by air without one (10)
BUDGERIGAR - BUDGE + RIG + AR ('air' without i)
8 Carriage driver’s optimism about a public disturbance (10)
CHARIOTEER - CHEER with RIOT inside
12 Sit awkwardly in ceremonial uniform in agony (8)
DISTRESS - anagram ('awkwardly') of SIT with DRESS outside.
15 Joke about girl being strictly moral (7)
PURITAN - PUN outside RITA
16 All others in post office can be very quick (6)
PRESTO - REST inside PO
18 Vegetable is cold and tough (5)
CHARD - C + HARD
20 Cover coolants regularly going missing (4)
COAT - alternate letters of CoOlAnT