25 across: Relaxed dope beginning to rile short bloke (8)
Here, the answer is relaxed = informal. The rest, though, umm…
24 across: Pygmy race pelt famine site (6)
famine site = darfur, which means pelt = fur, but how does dar = pygmy race?
20 down: Lean Eastern director! (3, 3)
The exclamation mark means this is one of those where the direct clue is the entire clue, so lean Eastern director = ang lee, but although I can see the letters of lean within ang lee, I can’t explain why the g is there or the i.
9 across: Yonder mower sounded absurd (8)
Absurd = farcical, meaning that yonder = far, but how does cical = mower sounded? Is this really a contender for DA Bullshit?
2 down: Managed to cinch front evenly on little Bavarian dress (6)
A German co-worker gave me dirndl = little Bavarian dress, but even though he was able to help me out on that, I didn’t put it in because I had absolutely no idea how dirndl = managed to cinch front evenly.
4 down: Like nursing, like making new… (diode) (12)
The answer is reassembling. I can offer little more.
Update: NC has supplied the solution to 4 down in the comments, and it now takes its rightful place in DA Gold.