A Puzzle by Twmbarlwm
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1a 24 and 25 alternatively brought back bananas for snacks (6,4)
BRAZIL NUTS: The solution for 24d followed by the shortened form or Elizabeth (25a) reversed (brought back) and a four-letter word meaning mad or bananas.
7a Still after a neighbour (4)
ABUT: A three-letter word meaning still or yet after the A from the clue.
9a Small expressions of disapproval outside hangout for schoolkids (8)
STUDENTS: The abbreviation for small and a four-letter word for expressions of disapproval around (outside) a three-letter word for a hangout.
10a Display unopened flower without consideration (6)
AIRILY: A three-letter word meaning to display followed by a four-letter word a type of flower without its initial letter (unopened).
11a Fine line between good iron and junk (6)
PIFFLE: The abbreviations for fine and line inside a two-letter word meaning good and the chemical symbol for iron.
13a Old property needs gas supply (8)
AGEDNESS: An anagram (supply) of NEEDS GAS.
14a Pessimistic Gdansk citizen that’s drawn to the south? (8,4)
NEGATIVE POLE: An eight-letter word meaning pessimistic and the nationality of a native of Gdansk.
17a The firm blade chopped up wood conspicuous in such a house (4-8)
HALF-TIMBERED: An anagram (chopped up) of THE FIRM BLADE.
20a Wire cut dress and pants (8)
GARROTTE: A four letter word for dress and a six-letter word meaning pants or rubbish, each without their last letter (cut).
21a Score against City in a clever way (6)
CUTELY: A three-letter word meaning to score or engrave followed by a three-letter name of a fenland city.
22a Nine days of service and new cooker has crack in the middle (6)
NOVENA: The abbreviation for new followed by a four-letter word for a cooker and the middle letter of crack.
23a Bum numb, whacked (8)
DEADBEAT: A four-letter word meaning numb followed by a four-letter word meaning whacked.
25a Good Queen’s British (English) bodyguard (4)
BESS: The abbreviations for British and English followed by the abbreviation for Hitler’s bodyguard.
26a Abrasive comedian’s rubbish, I’m thinking (5,5)
EMERY PAPER: The surname of the old comedian whose first name was Dick followed by a three-letter word meaning rubbish and a two-letter word that might indicate that I am thinking when talking about something.
2d Craft ale tried and sold (8)
RETAILED: An anagram (craft) of ALE TRIED.
3d Foremost character for zaniness? It used to be Izzard (3)
ZED: The phonetic spelling of the first letter (foremost character) of zaniness, which used to be described as an izzard.
4d Say no to Frenchman’s flipping sudden advance (5)
LUNGE: A two-letter abbreviation for say or for example and the adjectival French word for no all reversed (flipping).
5d Outperform yuppies regularly, including one after a quick profit (7)
UPSTAGE: The even letters (regularly) of yuppies include the term for an investor who is out for a quick profit.
6d Bath perhaps needed by docker put up here? (5,4)
SPARE ROOM: A three-letter word for a bath followed by a reversal (put up) of a six-letter word for a docker.
7d Get rare Mann novel order (11)
ARRANGEMENT: An anagram (novel) of GET RARE MANN.
8d Cloudy? Take son out if not (6)
UNLESS: A seven-letter word meaning cloudy without the abbreviation for son.
12d Around cot, put down Pampers (11)
FEATHERBEDS: Around a three-letter word for a cot put an eight-letter word for down or plumage.
15d Self-conscious till heading off with American guy (3,2,4)
ILL AT EASE: The TILL from the clue without the first letter (heading off) followed by the abbreviation for American and a five-letter word meaning to guy or rib someone.
16d Call me about ten, not noon – I’ve got company inside (8)
CELLMATE: An anagram (about) of CALL ME followed by the TEN from the clue without the abbreviation for noon.
18d Sewer might need this repair altered (7)
TREADLE: An anagram (repair) of ALTERED.
19d Dancing temptress, look, wearing uniform (6)
SALOME: A two-letter word meaning look has a four-letter word meaning uniform or identical around it (wearing).
21d Guarded matcha ryebread sandwiches (5)
CHARY: The answer is hidden (sandwiches) in the second and third words of the clue.
24d Intellectual dropping in as support (3)
BRA: A five-letter word for an intellectual without (dropping) the IN from the clue.