April 2nd, 2021

Quick Cryptic 1844 by Mara

This was a five-minute romp, and very wecome given my post-birthday hangover. It's probably the easiest one I've ever blogged, despite the slighly unhelpful grid. Loads of double definitions. I did enjoy the freak of nature in 20d


Across
8 Hiker, person walking past river (7)
RAMBLER - AMBLER (person walking) after R
9 Ultimately, meat beat fish (5)
TROUT - T (last letter of meat) + ROUT
10 Twisted insult (5)
WOUND - Double definition
11 Tree: talk about one (7)
CONIFER - CONFER outside I
12 It's a paint that's mixed up for starters (9)
ANTIPASTI - anagram ('mixed up') of ITS A PAINT
14 Shilling haircut? (3)
BOB - Double definition
16 Important access tool (3)
KEY - Double definition
18 Native of Borneo weaving a Tongan rug, shortly (9)
ORANGUTAN - anagram ('weaving') of A TONGAN RU ('rug' shortly)
21 Significant skill of narrator? (7)
TELLING - Double definition
22 Country embraced by Afghan, apparently (5)
GHANA - hidden word afGHAN Apparently
23 Points attained, twenty (5)
SCORE - Double definition
24 Cook learns nothing in Italian city (7)
SALERNO - anagram ('cook') of  LEARNS O

Down
1 Disadvantage in ward, it's suggested? (8)
DRAWBACK - cryptic definition. 'ward' is 'draw' back
2 A horse for a price (6)
AMOUNT - A + MOUNT
3 Halfwit left stuffing fish (4)
CLOD - COD with L inside
4 A scarf unravelled, for scrap (6)
FRACAS - anagram ('unravelled') of  A SCARF
5 Position in forest and in garden (8)
STANDING - hidden word: foreST AND IN Garden
6 Study marvellous talk (6)
CONFAB - CON + FAB
7 Southern sailor is a celebrity (4)
STAR - S + TAR
13 Around motorway, shocking periods anticipated (8)
PROMISED - anagram ('shocking') of PERIODS around MI
15 Block above a mean house (8)
BUNGALOW -   BUNG + A + LOW
17 A shade cowardly (6)
YELLOW - Double definition
19 Impressive summer period (6)
AUGUST - Double definition
20 Samovar, say, freak of nature? (3,3)
TEA URN - anagram ('freak') of NATURE
21 Ending on benefit, request job (4)
TASK - T + ASK
22 Female put on a charity event (4)
GALA - GAL + A