|1||BISTRO - 1ST in BRO.|
|5||IZVESTIA "IS" V|ersus EST ONIA. It struck me that we'd had this not long ago, and indeed a quick Google tells me it last appeared on May 3rd this year; on that occasion it was spelt IZVESTIYA, which, it was pointed out, isn't the usual spelling, and here is the proof.
|9||VEHEMENT - HE, MEN in VET|ERAN, as in "Vietnam vet".
|10||MALAWI - LAW in MAI|N.
|11||PULL BACK - Spoonerism of BULL PACK; expressing it as "transfers of capital" creates a top class surface for this clue.|
|12||TIPPLE - TIP(=pour),PLE|ASE. Thank you, bartender.
|13||NEARSIDE - River inside [NE(=Tyneside),A|rea,SIDE].
|15||HYPE - hidden in reverse in sleEPYHead. I was a little uncertain here, as I'd always thought the conventional abbreviation for hypodermic was "hypo", but it's in the dictionary. Plus it's one of those rare Times words which is all checkers, so no problems.|
|17||SHOE - SHO|RE minus laboureR; to match 15ac, I had doubts about this one, which were dismissed because all the letters are checked; the definition ("maybe casual") is a bit weak, if you ask me, and the definition of "shore" is somewhat obscure, at least as a noun - this sort of "shore" is the post with which you "shore up" something which is threatening to fall over. Minor quibbling, anyway.
|19||PSALMIST - [(LP)rev.,MIST] around SA.|
|20||MASONS - |stON es in MASS(=service) &lit.
|21||SHERIDAN - E.R.(=HM the Queen="leading lady") in (DANISH)*. Author of The Rivals and The School for Scandal|
|22||RED TOP - R|eporter,ED.,T ime,OP us. Possibly obscure to non-UK solvers: the "red tops" are the down-market tabloids, some of which often have a splash of red in their masthead at the top of the front page.
|23||ROOMETTE - MET(=settled) in ROOTE|D. I spent a while looking for a word ending in NY, but it's just a generally American word (though pretty easily deduced by non-American solvers)
|24||DOPINESS - D|aughter OPINES S on.
|25||EATERY - dEpArTsEaRlY.|
|2||INEQUITY - I,[QUIT in (YEN)rev.]; several normally speedy solvers have a single error, I wonder if it's doing what I nearly did, i.e. seeing "I QUIT" and writing in INIQUITY without thinking any further...|
|3||TREELINE - cryptic def.|
|4||OPERA HATS - (HARE)rev. in O|ld PAT'S, Pat being a non-gender specific name. Though I suppose the hats can be worn by anyone if they really want to, as well.
|5||IT TAKES ALL SORTS - (LAST,TALKS,TORIES)*. A nice political surface.|
|6||EXAMINE - (Idi) AMIN in EXE. Lovely misdirection with the capitals.|
|7||TRAMPISH - [MP(the military policeman in this case rather than a Parliamentarian),1] in TRASH.|
|8||ANISETTE - (TISANE)* and TE|A(e.g. Lapsang Souchong) without the A.
|14||DRIVE HOME - double def.|
|15||HAMMERED - [|ruM, MERE] in HAD(=enjoyed).
|16||PASSED UP - PASS(=academic achievement), |FED UP.
|17||STRIDENT - |pronounceS, TRIDENT.
|18||ONE-ACTER - [CAEN in (RE:TO)]all rev.|
|19||PONTOON - P|RONTO minus the R ex, ON(=playing).