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.
|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|
|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|