A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm
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1 Relaxed NY gals using informal language… (6)
SLANGY – An anagram (relaxed) of NY GALS.
4 … and also drinking wine or liqueur (6)
PASTIS – The abbreviation for post script (and also) includes (drinking) a four-letter word for a sparkling Italian wine.
8 What wasp might do, trapped by fools in seaside town (8)
HASTINGS – A painful thing that a wasp may do inside (trapped by) a three-letter word meaning fools (usually used only in the the passive).
10 Apologetic, runs back to Daihatsu with free fuel (6)
RUEFUL – The abbreviation for runs followed by the last letter (back to) of Daihatsu and an anagram (free) of FUEL.
11 Parties together in pub lock-in (4)
BLOC – The answer is hidden in the last two words of the clue.
12 Sampan she and I manoeuvred with such skill? (10)
SEAMANSHIP – An anagram (manoeuvred) of SAMPAN SHE I.
13 Among the stars, playwright heading off right behind McCartney? (12)
INTERSTELLAR – The surname of the playwright Harold followed by the name of Paul McCartney’s daughter. As the playwright appears at the front of the solution, perhaps in front of or ahead of would have been better.
16 It can play back minor hit – the last for Billie Piper (4,8)
TAPE RECORDER – Reverse (back) a three-letter word for a minor hit or blow and follow with the last letter of Billie and an eight-letter word for musical instrument.
20 Toast I propose for humanitarian (10)
CHARITABLE – A four-letter word meaning to toast or burn followed by the I from the clue and a five-letter word meaning to propose a motion.
21 Feel second-rate in contest (4)
VIBE – The letter representing second rate inside a three-letter word meaning to contest.
22 Villain among spies, a loud and chirpy crawler (6)
CICADA – A three-letter word for a villain or disreputable person inside a three-letter abbreviation for the American spy organisation.
23 You might see us in a school game (8)
SARDINES – Double definition of type of fish (seen in schools) and a party game.
24 Upsets in Open? Out of bounds, Ballesteros withdrawing (6)
PEEVES – The inner letters (out of bounds) of open followed by the first name of the golfer Ballesteros reversed (withdrawing).
25 Not much change for the Kremlin (6)
KOPECK – Cryptic definition of a Russian coin.
1 Transport smoother under water? Yes and no (8)
SEAPLANE – A tool used by a woodworker to smooth wood under a three-letter word for a body of water.
2 Lorry contributing to particulates (5)
ARTIC – The answer is hidden in (contributing to) the last word of the clue.
3 Opening book group (7)
GENESIS – Double definition for the first book of the Older Testament and the name of a rock group.
5 Start of match between one fine side and another that’s delivered by Sky! (7)
AIRMAIL – The initial letter (start) of match between a two-letter word meaning fine and a side repeated.
6 Darling second to Brown? He looks after the money (9)
TREASURER – Cryptic definition of the role played by Alistair Darling under Gordon Brown’s premiership.
7 Lock up vice that’s outside shed (4,2)
SHUT-IN – A three-letter word for a vice around (outside) a three-letter word for a shed.
9 Unmanned vehicles with room for live rats at the rear (5,6)
SPACE PROBES – A five-letter word for room followed by a three-letter word meaning for or in favour of, a two-letter word meaning live and the final letter (at the rear) of rats.
14 Delete first of apps installed by busy IT expert (9)
EXTIRPATE – The first letter of apps inside (installed by) an anagram (busy) of IT EXPERT.
15 Delivery left for one on a kerb, damaged (3-5)
LEG BREAK – The abbreviation for left followed by the abbreviation of “for one” or “for example” and anagram (damaged) of A KERB).
17 Servant eating too much soup (7)
POTTAGE – A four-letter word for a servant includes (eating) the abbreviation for over the top (too much).
18 First half cheats in the middle bothering Port Vale (7)
CHEERIO -The first half of the word cheats followed by the middle letter of bothering and a three-letter name of a South American port.
19 Wrap up side and starter of potted seafood (6)
SHRIMP – A two-letter word meaning be quite or wrap up followed by a three-letter word for the edge or side of something and the first letter (starter) of potted.
21 Come out with TV movie crew regularly (5)
VOICE – The even letters (regularly) of TV MOVIE CREW.