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Times Quick Cryptic 1881 by Orpheus

If Orpheus was on AM then I was on DAB. A rare dnf for me as I couldn't solve the long 4dn without all the checkers and I felt I had no chance of 9ac (I hadn't heard of either of the definitions) and I couldn't get the clever 23ac without the first letter. So somewhat dissatisfying but that's down to me. If I'd approached this with the patience I reserve for the 15x15s then maybe I could have done better. I approach the QC more as a romp so was probably too impatient. Please let me know how you got on as I can then judge the difficulty of the puzzle or (highly likely) my sluggishness.

I've enjoyed the clever and concise clueing but I'm not as keen on the two names which cropped up in the parsing - although I think Mr. S may enjoy the references.

Definitions are underlined.

Across
1 Twilight start to drive by Welsh river (4)
DUSK - (D)rive by Welsh river (USK).
3 Enchanting girl entering Italian island from east (8)
ADORABLE - a random girl (DORA) inside Italian island - Elba - from the east (ABLE).
9 Title of head of household onceBenny, possibly? (7)
GOODMAN - double definition. The first is archaic for husband/master of household. The second was a US jazz clarinetist and band leader.
10 Modest abode originally, and not a landed estate (5)
MANOR - (M)odest, (A)bode, and not (NOR).
11 Old US president protected by British motorcyclist (5)
BIKER - old US president (IKE) surrounded by British (BR).
12 Line on map observed at first in island pub (6)
ISOBAR - (O)bserved inside island (IS) and pub (BAR).
14 Duplicitous lookalike distributing cards at table (6-7)
DOUBLE-DEALING - lookalike (DOUBLE), distributing cards at table (DEALING).
17 Tree planted in April in Denmark (6)
LINDEN - inside Apri(L IN DEN)mark.
19 Relax about initiation of important exam (5)
RESIT - relax (REST) about (I)mportant.
22 Bouquet given by a painter accepting high honour (5)
AROMA - a (A), painter (RA) including high honour (OM).
23 Bizarre situation of constable doing desk job (7)
OFFBEAT - a constable doing a desk job would be off the beat. I quite liked that one.
24 Castigate young creature breaking seat (8)
LAMBASTE - young creature (LAMB), anagram (breaking) of SEAT.
25 Nail leader of rowdies in criminal environment (4)
BRAD - (R)owdies inside (in the environment of)  criminal (BAD).
Down
1 Factotum one sort of boxer would have (8)
DOGSBODY - one sort of boxer is a dog so would have a (DOG'S BODY).
2 Loose garment some initially laugh at (5)
SMOCK - (S)ome, laugh at (MOCK).
4 New inn dominated by duke’s small terrier (6,7)
DANDIE DINMONT - anagram (new) of INN DOMINATED by (beside/next to/underneath) duke (D). Collins has a trend of word usage graph which shows this dog first being talked about in about 1800, never used very much, and pretty well petering out in recent times. I suppose this puzzle will increase it's 'hits'.
5 Shakespearean hero with capital O (5)
ROMEO - capital (ROME), O (O). Concise and clever.
6 Asian girl visiting W African state endlessly (7)
BENGALI - girl (GAL) inside W African state endlessly (BENI)n.
7 Peer demanding attention last of all (4)
EARL - attention (EAR - as in 'lend me your'), al(L). 'Demanding' seems to be a surface filler.
8 American chap pinches gold, having no principles (6)
AMORAL - American (AM), random chap (AL).
13 Uneasy, having stirred up trouble (8)
AGITATED - double definition.
15 College class’s prescribed clothing (7)
UNIFORM - college (UNI), class (FORM).
16 Daughter interrupting a break at sea? (6)
ADRIFT - daughter (D) inside a (A) and break (RIFT). Another clever clue.
18 Theatrical piece by doctor, an arts graduate (5)
DRAMA - doctor (DR), an arts graduate (A MA).
20 Scorn prophet welcoming knight on board (5)
SNEER - prophet (SEER) welcoming on board knight on a chess board (N).
21 Post a person of masculine gender talked of (4)
MAIL - homophone (talked of) of 'of masculine gender' - male. Don't often get 3 'of''s lined up in a sentence.
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