Toughie No 1310 by Warbler
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Whatever charm this crossword had was perhaps wasted on me as I'm suffering a heavy cold. I found it run-of-the-mill if I'm honest.
1a Old college, as well as railway, drawing various fellows into partnership (9)
POLYANDRY A former type of education institution, the word for as well as or plus, and the abbreviation for railway.
6a Fruit worker's success (5)
MANGO A charade of words for a worker and a success (as in to make a success of something).
9a Lucerne Academy has pursued Garnett twice (7)
ALFALFA The forename of fictional Mr Garnett from the British sitcoms of the 1960s-1980s, written twice, and followed (pursued) by Academy.
10a Pool said to revive seabird (9)
KITTIWAKE A homophone of (said) a pool or common pot of money, then a verb meaning to revive.
11a Young crabs? (7)
NIPPERS A word for children also suggests it could refer to crabs.
12a Flower on the house is falling back by start of autumn (7)
FREESIA Gratis or on the house, a reversal of (falling back) IS from the clue, and the first letter (start) of autumn.
13a One that's offended by rambling naturist: 'Gaol would be well done' (15)
CONGRATULATIONS A person sentenced for a crime plus an anagram of (rambling) NATURIST GAOL.
18a Satisfied traveller left before Parisian summer (7)
REPLETE A travelling sales agent, the abbreviation for left and the French word for summer.
20a Pitches needed by terrace for an 11 with bigger members (7)
LOBSTER A charade of pitches or throws and the abbreviation for terrace. (This seems to me a slightly loose cross-reference because 11 is in the plural.)
22a Year sitting in weird company making study of fire signs? (9)
PYROMANCY A two-letter abbreviation inside (sitting in) an anagram of (weird) COMPANY.
23a Among relics therein lies a cross (7)
MONGREL The solution is hidden in (therein lies) AMONG RELICS.
24a One featured in Chaucer's tale about first woman (5)
REEVE A charade of about and first woman, both familiar crossword elements.
25a Nun swore to reform grasping daughter and Aussie loafer (9)
SUNDOWNER An anagram of (to reform) NUN SWORE into which is inserted (grasping) the abbreviation for daughter.
1d Topical broadcast gets across name of philosopher (8)
PLATONIC An anagram of (roadcast) TOPICAL goes round (gets across) the abbreviation for name.
2d Story about fine periods of sleep reflecting normal existence (8)
LIFESPAN A story or falsehood goes round the abbreviation for fine and is followed by a word for short sleeps.
3d Claim to see rising jazz queen turning up for one (6)
ALLEGE A reversal of (rising) a famous jazz singer's forename, followed by an abbreviation for meaning for one, also reversed (turning up).
4d Duke up North tracks birds (6)
DRAKES An abbreviation for duke plus a Northern English word meaning tracks or grooves.
5d Vigorous lad's not quite 18 Across (8)
YOUTHFUL A word for lad and a synonym of 18a minus its last letter (not quite).
6d Rule out first name misspelt in list of passengers (8)
MANIFEST An anagram of (misspelt) FIRST NAME after removing (out) the abbreviation for rule.
7d Rovers on form regularly will gain advantage over Sweden (6)
NOMADS Alternate letters of ON FORM, the abbreviation for advantage in tennis, and the one-letter abbreviation for Sweden.
8d 'Dropsy' found in dictionary condensed by English graduate (6)
OEDEMA A dictionary known by its acronym (condensed), then English, then a graduate.
14d 'Buck up!' Doctor came offering marsh plant (4-4)
REED-MACE The animal that is a buck if male, reversed (up), and followed by an anagram of (Doctor) CAME.
15d Time's made to meet small Scottish head, showing affected prettiness (8)
TWEENESS The abbreviation for time, Scots for small, and a coastal head.
16d Mounting number held up by corrupt hunter pursued by police (2,3,3)
ON THE RUN An abbreviation for number followed (held up) by an anagram of (corrupt) HUNTER.
17d 'Singular creep, supported by Queen,' one writes in haste (8)
SCRAWLER The abbreviation for singular, a verb meaning to creep, and the abbreviation of Queen Elizabeth in Latin.
18d Entranced by golden eagle? (6)
RAPTOR A word meaning entranced or absorbed, then a heraldic word for gold (not really golden).
19d Colour that's successful for a patch but too ornate for a passage (6)
PURPLE A colour that can be combined with patch or passage with different meanings. The surface suggests the process of choosing a wall colour.
20d Wager chap's no expert (6)
LAYMAN To stake or wager, plus a chap or male person.
21d Carried over Asian island (6)
BORNEO A word meaning carried plus the abbreviation for an over in cricket.
I quite liked 12a, 13a and 17d.
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