Here are ten cryptic clues in the "charade" style, meaning that that's the only wordplay involved. That's a big hint for a cryptic clue! — so I'm not giving you letter counts.
- Second-rate wafer material is bitter
- Hurry up! Leave us, heretic
- Top student from a southern port
- Glass engraving is offensive
- Duke's state: sober
- Check flower for return to life
- Cleveland site was erected near jelly, perhaps
- "Facial hair is a necessity" —a Fidel supporter
- Belted girls to obtain a form of protection
- Nixon and Carter backer
(These don't combine into one master puzzle or anything like that. They're just ten separate clues. Oh, and I'll provide letter counts if needed after a time.)
Hint added later: The respective letter counts (in order) are
6; 7; 10; 9; 9; 13; 9,7; 8; 10; and 6.
Hint added even later:
"Top" is perhaps slightly unfair. Better would be "Max, a student from a southern port".
Hint added even later: The respective first letters of the answers (in order) are
B, R, C, P, L, R, R, M, S, and P.
Hint added even later: The respective definition halves of the clues are at (in order) their
end, end, end, end, start, end, start, start, end, and end.
Hint added even later: Only three clues remain unsolved. Hints for them are:
Second-rate wafer material is bitter: The attempted answer had the right sense of "bitter".
Top student from a southern port: The definition half is "from a southern port".
Cleveland site was erected near jelly, perhaps: Not Ohio.