16 across: XXSX needing XXXX?
Genius: XXSX = thir(s)ty = thirsty = needing XXXX (the brand of beer).
24 across: Cash Poles exchanged for western stroll (5)
Compass points abound: cash Poles exchanged = money poles exchanged = mo (substitute s for n) ey = mosey = western stroll.
17 across: Westfield Central Sale: KNITTED JUMPERS (5)
Just a well-constructed clue: westfield central sale knitted = f sale knitted = f leas = fleas = jumpers.
21 down: Surveyed deodorised bandstand by yard’s edge (5)
Inspired: deodorised bandstand by yard’s edge = deodorised gazebo d = gazebo – bo + d = gazed = surveyed.
23 across: Outrun English directory in the Andes (2, 3)
Some people haven’t been happy about it, but I like it: outrun English directory = lap A-Z = La Paz = in the Andes.
22 across: Small drink accompanies nut griddle cake (4, 5)
A nice piece of homely slang: small drink accompanies nut = drop scone = griddle cake.
6 across: Cars handle speed? (7)
Well-concealed polysemy: handle speed (of the narcotic variety) = traffic = cars.
2 down: Blatant blouse, divine design, conceals trap (8, 7)
The first of the two long, more involved clues that aren’t usually a feature of DA crosswords: blouse, divine design, conceals trap = bleedin vious conceals gob = bleeding obvious = blatant.
7 down: In hamper, loathe eating crackers over cake (9, 6)
The second of the two long, more involved clues: in hamper, loathe eating crackers over = in cripple (a cryptic synonym I’m willing to accept) hate eating loco over = in cripple hate eating ocol = in cripple hocolate = chocolate ripple = cake.