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Times Quick Cryptic No 1702 by Tracy

Introduction

22:09. Took longer than many 15x15 puzzles take me. I was mainly done in by the long anagrams. Not being British, I had to take bits and pieces of names of UK locales and try to piece them together to make 15-letter town names.

A bit grueling for the likes of me, but a juicy puzzle that I hope the more knowledgeable of us enjoyed.

Solutions

Across

1 Own a section of Fifth Avenue (4)
HAVE - hidden in FIFTH AVENUE
3 Sets kilt out [for] game (8)
SKITTLES - SETS KILT anagrammed
9 Send off wine wanted by eccentric person (3-4)
RED-CARD - RED (wine) + CARD (eccentric person)
Does anyone know where this meaning of 'card' comes from? Is it 'wild card'?
10 Had in mind low time (5)
MEANT - MEAN (low) + T (time)
11 Respond concerning part of play (5)
REACT - RE (concerning) + ACT (part of play)
12 What Meg and Doug do [in] close? (6)
ENDING - END IN 'G' (what Meg and Doug do)
14 Place in Leicestershire, town memorably redeveloped (6,7)
MELTON MOWBRAY - TOWN MEMORABLY anagrammed
This was of course unknown to me. I didn't have a lot of crossers, but finally the Y suggested BRAY and the rest more or less fit. MOLTEN MOWBRAY didn't sound right!
17 One's played Shakespearean heroine mostly at home (6)
VIOLIN - VIOLA (Shakespearean heroine) without the last letter (mostly) + IN (at home)
A character from Twelfth Night.
19 Amusing nobleman backed Liberal (5)
DROLL - LORD reversed + L
22 Money in this, tied up, reportedly (5)
TRUST - TRUSSED replaced by homophone
23 Moving out in it, teaching (7)
TUITION - anagram of OUT IN IT
24 Diagram that should appeal to Desperate Dan! (3,5)
PIE CHART - cryptic definition
He loved his cow pies, bless him.
25 Raise / back (4)
REAR - double definition

Down

1 Instrument that's blown with lips [to make] glasses (4-4)
HORN-RIMS - HORN (instrument that's blown) + RIMS (lips)
My last in. I don't know why I thought we were heading for HARP, as in JAW HARP, but the simple answer HORN never came to mind.
2 Russian spirit very old duke and king admired, initially (5)
VODKA - first letters of VERY OLD DUKE KING ADMIRED
4 Striker minded playing [for] a Worcestershire town (13)
KIDDERMINSTER - STRIKER MINDED anagrammed
5 Lacking in confidence, not very bright Italian turned up (5)
TIMID - DIM (not very bright) + IT (Italian) reversed
6 Student [needing] job that pays after end of school (7)
LEARNER - EARNER (job that pays) after last letter of SCHOOL
7 Place to rest close to home (4)
SITE - SIT (to rest) + last letter of HOME
8 Display shabby articles also (6)
TATTOO - TAT (shabby articles) + TOO (also)
Next to last in. I got the TOO idea but wasn't seeing this meaning of TAT or TATTOO.
13 Look on ship [for] make-up item (8)
EYELINER - EYE (look) + LINER (ship)
I ignored this one for far too long, even though it wasn't that hard. The Y from EYELINER is what allowed me to finish the puzzle.
15 The French island certainly [offers] relaxation (7)
LEISURE - LE (the, French) + I (island) + SURE (certainly)
16 Involve oneself enthusiastically with one entering Red Sea port (4,2)
WADE IN - W (with) + I (one) in ADEN (Red Sea port)
The answer I'd suspected for many minutes, but I couldn't see where the W was coming from, as I'd parsed 'with' as a linking word.
18 Door fastener in confessional at church (5)
LATCH - hidden in CONFESSIONAL AT CHURCH
20 Love, as it happens, a stoned fruit (5)
OLIVE - O (love) + LIVE (as it happens)
21 Stage favourites returned (4)
STEP - PETS (favourites) reversed

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