As for the puzzle, I found it harder fare than yesterday’s (12 minutes) with a slightly different feel and a good sprinkling of anagrams. 15dn gets my COD. Several answers were very biffable - here’s how I worked out the word plays - see if you agree.
1. Drunken snob with no taste devours a simple meal (5,2,5)
BEANS ON TOAST - anagram (drunken) of SLOB NO TASTE including a (A).
8. One taking to a certain party, say booze (5)
CIDER - homophone (say) of sider - one who sides with a certain party.
9. Trailer parking right alongside edge of rifle range (7)
PREVIEW - parking (P) right (R) alongside (back) edge of rifl(E), range (VIEW). Tricky wordplay. I think right is R as it’s edge not edges of rifle - also range=view is this connected with range of vision?
10. Start in earnest to embrace foreign food (7)
TARTINE (an open sandwich, esp one with a rich or elaborate topping - the 'foreign' bit can be explained by C21: from French, diminutive of tarte) - embraced in the clue - s(TART IN E)arnest.
11. Warning: she may lead you astray (5)
SIREN - double definition.
12. Comeback from a Republican claiming “fake news” (6)
ANSWER - a (A) and Republican (R) claiming (holding) an anagram (fake) of NEWS.
14. Paint Raymond keeps something for pending tasks (2-4)
IN-TRAY - in the clue (keeps) pa(INT RAY)mond.
17. Important final pieces of tape disguised how paintwork may be vandalised (5)
KEYED (keys being scraped along a car's paintwork) - important (KEY) final pieces of tap(E) disguise(D).
19. Show Mal bizarre scientific theory (4,3)
OHMS LAW - anagram bizarre of SHOW MAL
21. Remarkable reason you can’t book a restaurant? (7)
NOTABLE - no table - no booking.
22. County name from French and German? (5)
DEVON - from in French (DE) and German (VON).
23. MC: I dare say it represented the end of the war (9,3)
ARMISTICE DAY - anagram (represented) of MC I DARE SAY IT.
1. Provide funds for hunting in retreat (12)
BACKTRACKING - provide funds for (BACK), hunting (TRACKING).
2. Some scared lads up a tree (5)
ALDER - some sca(RED LA)ds- upwards.
3. After the last of chips are almost finished, eat fish (7)
SARDINE - after chip(S), are almost (AR)e, eat (DINE).
4. Planes flying somewhere in Italy (6)
NAPLES - anagram (flying) of PLANES.
5. Writer entering big public competitions (5)
OPENS (golf - US Open etc) - writer (PEN) entering big (OS - outsize).
6. Troublemaker tries, stupidly, to protect gutless rioter (7)
STIRRER - anagram (stupidly) of TRIES to protect (hold) (R)iote(R).
7. Showing excellent vision, Tokyo won this Olympic bid (6-6)
TWENTY-TWENTY - double definition.
13. Disreputable lawyer, retiring and mostly stern (7)
SHYSTER - retiring (SHY), mostly stern (STER)n.
15. Wandering around, detective wears no protective clothing (7)
NOMADIC - detective (DI) wears no (NO) and protective clothing (MAC).
16. Mammal's lair covered with rubbish (6)
RODENT - lair (DEN) covered with rubbish (ROT).
18. American friend turns up with excellent port (5)
DUBAI - American friend - bud - turns up (DUB), excellent (AI).
20. Be, for the most part, extremely ill-disposed and very cross (5)
LIVID - be for the most part (LIV)e, extremely (I)ll-dispose(D).