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Times 26272 - and now we are eight

Solving time : 10:20 for what I found to be a pretty strange puzzle. I made steady progress through and then reached a bank of answers where I thought "is that really what is going on here?" and in all cases I appeared to be correct in my assumptions. There's a number of what my former Thursday co-blogger Uncle Yap would call "titchy double definitions", which usually means they'll go in from the single definition.

I was hoping to be able to get up to New York City for the celebration this weekend, but I couldn't find a flight that would get me back in time for commitments on Sunday and Monday, so happy birthday blog! In another way, it's my anniversary, eight years ago I started writing alternate Thursdays on the blog - originally splitting the day with Richard Grafen, then with Uncle Yap, and currently with the man with more 8's than anyone else in his name, z8b8d8k. Major kudos to Andy for keeping the blog chugging along!

Away we go...

Across
1SCOTCH: SOT containing C, then CH
5PUB-CRAWL: cryptic definition based on some people apparently drinking half-pints on these rites of passage
9GO CLUBBING: double-definition
10VAIN: 1 in VAN
11HEARTILY: H, EARLY with IT reversed inside
12OBE,YE,(ducke)D
13A,M1,D(over)
15HIGH SEAS: sounds like HIGH C'S
18MAHOGANY: MANY surrounding A,HOG
19ROLL: TROLL with the first letter removed. A TROLL is someone who deliberately posts inflammatory comments on a message board, fortunately this one is far too high-brow to attract such clientele
21SWEDEN: ED in (NEWS)*
23UNIVERSE: anagram of IS,U,NEVER
25FIEF: sounds like a Bow version of THIEF
26BIG BROTHER: double definition
27BETRAYER: BRAYER containing E(legan)T
28PEDANT: anagram of NOTEPAD without O. Got this from the wordplay, it's a reference to a character in "Love's Labour's Lost"
 
Down
2CRONE: R in CONE
3TALK RADIO: TAL(e), then 1,DARK reversed, 0(love)
4HUBRIS: HUBS(bases) surrounding RI (Rhode Island)
5PLINY THE YOUNGER: (PRUNE,ONLY,EIGHTY)*
6BY GEORGE: double definition - one referring to George and Ira Gershwin
7REVUE: sounds like REVIEW
8WHITEHALL: EH(what) between WHIT and ALL
14MEANWHILE: MEAN(shabby) then H in WILE
16SURFEITED: (REFUSED,IT)*
17DANNY BOY: the definition is "A number of Irish" - N,N (names) in DAY BOY(not a boarder)
20SITREP: abbreviation for SITUATION REPORT - PERT,1'S all reversed
22DEFER: F(following) inside DEER(does)
24STERN: hidden in WooSTER Never
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