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Times 26803 - Not as meaty as you might suppose....

Time: 19 Minutes

Music: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, Joselson

Well, this was an easy Monday for me, but lurking at the back of my mind was a suspicion that not everyone will agree.   Long-time solvers will have seen 'buckram', 'Chateaubriand', and 'thimblerigger' before, but that may not be the case with everyone - we shall see.    I am not sure how helpful the wordplay might have been, since I mostly just plugged in the evident answers.    The only thing I had never heard of was 'scabious', but in this case the wordplay is perfectly obvious, and the checkers confirm what the answer must be.  

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with our Friday blogger Verlaine in New York City.   In the blog for that day, I didn't have the pictures that Paul's friend David took available, but now I do.   The light was not very suitable for photography, but I have made a few basic adjustments in the color and contrast to one of the pictures: http://home.earthlink.net/~vinyl1/gingerman.jpg.   From left to right around the table: me, Verlaine holding a copy of the Times, Paul_in_london, Jon88, and Guy_du_sable.  





Across
1 Gradual assimilation of silicon in universe, not carbon (7)
OSMOSIS - [c]OSMO(SI)S, where the definition is a bit loose from the technical scientific point of view.
5 Dollar horny male laid out for coarse material (7)
BUCKRAM - BUCK + RAM, in very clever aliases.
9 Old preacher touring north finally offered beer and cheese (11)
WENSLEYDALE - WE(N)SLEY + [offere]D + ALE, a fine cheese.
10 Hanger-on recognised in most of Lancaster (3)
BUR - BUR(t).
11 Disreputable thug wasting time and energy casing church (6)
LOUCHE - LOU[t] (CH) E
12 Shifting him risks a minor set-to (8)
SKIRMISH - anagram of HIM RISKS.
14 Briefly meet bright girl reforming cheat (13)
THIMBLERIGGER - anagram of MEET BRIGHT GIRL, one we had a couple of times about six months ago.
17 French statesman talked heartlessly about a university man (13)
CHATEAUBRIAND - CHA[t]TE(U BRIAN)D, who is perhaps better known nowadays as an author.of rather lush prose.
21 German opposed to music that’s sung in bar (8)
BAVARIAN - BA(V ARIA)N.
23 Part of brief is calculation of public revenues (6)
FISCAL - Hidden in [brie]F IS CAL[culation].
25 Admit wife into cricket side (3)
OWN - O(W)N, one from the Quickie.
26 Gardening aid scoundrel concealed in West Cumbrian town (11)
WHEELBARROW - W (HEEL) BARROW.
27 Relentlessly back Liberal youth leader (7)
STERNLY - STERN + L +Y[outh].
28 Circumnavigating America, be at helm of ocean greyhound? (7)
STEAMER - STE(AM)ER, with a rather fanciful literal.  

Down
1 His literary works a gold mine? (6)
ORWELL - OR + WELL.   I don't know why I wanted to put 'Oswald', which didn't make any sense.
2 Vandal caught by male worker in police operation (7)
MANHUNT - M AN(HUN)T.
3 Slim hips Kelly developed (9)
SYLPHLIKE - Anagram of HIPS KELLY, not the first word I tried, but gettable.
4 Underworld river remains audible (4)
STYX - sounds like STICKS.
5 Fruit shortage in B&B initially explained on right lines (10)
BLACKBERRY - B(LACK)B + E + R + RRY, a rather convoluted cryptic.
6 Festive fare honoured companion always provides (5)
CHEER - CH + EER, Companion of Honour.
7 Making fun of knitting pattern? (7)
RIBBING - double definition, another easy one.
8 They may demonstrate gear ultimately in the borders (8)
MARCHERS - MARCHE([gea]R)S.
13 Old boy properly restricting speed in stubborn way (10)
OBDURATELY - OB + DU(RATE)LY.
15 Lifeless? It’s where one finds friendship around part of UK (9)
INANIMATE - IN A (N.I.) MATE, as part of the UK is nearly always Northern Ireland.
16 Strikebreaker promises to pay for plant (8)
SCABIOUS - SCAB + I.O.U.S, which is indeed a plant.
18 Counsel sacrifices one for an early payment (7)
ADVANCE - ADV(-i,+AN)CE, a simple substitution clue.
19 Good form and spirit underpinning a style of art (7)
DECORUM - DECO + RUM.
20 Phone bishop north of Hereford, perhaps (6)
BLOWER - B + LOWER, i.e. a Hereford cow.
22 Tree Reagan planted outside Washington (5)
ROWAN - RO(WA)N, the correct abbreviation for the state of Washington
24 A city boss’s conclusion, sad to say (4)
ALAS -  A + L.A. + [bos]S
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