1 down: NZ quickie fooled Aussie counterpart (6)
A fantastic clue which shifts elegantly from one cricketer to another: fooled Aussie counterpart = had Lee = Hadlee = NZ quickie.
The grace of the clue, though, smoothes over a bending of the rules: you have to know the answer to the direct portion of the clue before you can answer the indirect!
9 across: Gives five to Harry Seidler (8)
DA’s legerdemain is all over this one with the graceful anagram indicator and well-concealed direct portion of the clue: five to Harry Seidler = v to deliers = delivers = gives.
3 down: Outspoken southern Spanish population? (9)
A sweet aural clue: outspoken southern Spanish = outspoken Sevillians (Seville is in the south of Spain) = civlians = population.
14 across: Warrant bribe bucks where the buck stops? (6, 6)
Gold because of the brilliant combining of an anagram indicator and humorous direct clue: warrant bribe bucks = rabbit warren = where the buck stops (a male rabbit is a buck).
1 across: Summit bivouac prone to 19-down (minces)? (4, 4)
RC’s superior knowledge of slang solved this cheeky piece of DA devilry: summit bivouac = high camp = prone to minces (to mince is to move or act in a way that implies homosexuality).
24 across: Understood skin to be familiar (2, 4)
In my opinion, the most difficult of the crossword’s clues, but also a very good one: understood skin = fathomed skin = athome = at home = to be familiar.
25 across: Spooner’s two girls make super container? (5, 3)
It would have to be a poor Spoonerism for me not to consider a Spooner clue gold. This one’s reasonable, and the direct portion of the clue is clever to boot: Spooner’s two girls = Spooner’s Kerry Jan = jerry can = super container.
RC came to solve this one by harking back not so long ago to when DA had supreme container = pizza box as part of the clue/answer.
5 across: Baseball great captures us in trap (6)
Because of a Soundgarden song, I had the right baseball great running through my head, but I couldn’t see how cobb could make a word (two words as one are always the hardest to guess). Anyway, here we have baseball great captures us = Cobb captures we = cobweb = trap.
And I shall be forever grateful to that Soundgarden song for introducing me to the madness of Ty Cobb.