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Times 26824 - in which I make a mess of spelling an Australian word!

Solving time : 16:34 but with one typo - I seem to be making a lot more typos with the recent changes to the crossword club, in the leaderboard I am 67th, with a whopping 15 in the incorrect column. Oh well - funny thing is the entry with my typo is the one where I figured out the answer and thought "oooh, that is going to trip a few people up". Guess I was right!

Trickier puzzle than usual I thought, but wordplay solid throughout.

Away we go...

Across
1FUSSPOTS: F(fine), SPOTS(places) surrounding US
5HAYMOW: anagram of WHO,MAY
9ION: remove the R from IRON(golf club)
10SLEIGH BELLS: anagram of HIS,LEGS'LL,BE
12CHANCE UPON: UP(buoyant) an ON(no, turning back) after CHANCE(opening) - definition is encounter
13SCAG: first letters of Slowly, Canters, And, Gallops - horse meaning heroin in this case
15SPRANG: S(succeeded), PRANG(accident)
16ABILITY: definition is "gift" - A(article) then I,L,
IT inside BY(times, multiplied by)
18TOOTSIE: TOO(in addition) then TIE(restriction) containing S(small)
20TIGHTS: S(prinkler) after TIGHT(half cut, drunk)
23ALTO: ALSO(too) with S swapped for T - changing the ends of S(olois)T
24CORROBOREE: an Australian indigenous gathering - COR(gracious) then OR(men) reversed, BORE(supported), E(European)
26HEAVEN KNOWS: anagram of HOW,SNAKE containing VEN(archdeacon)
27EMO: alternating letters in tErM fOr
28DIKTAT: reversal of TAT,KID
29ON AND OFF: O, DOFF(shed) surrounding NAN
 
Down
1FLINCH: L in FINCE
2SUN LAMP: M(erriment) inside SUN(daily) and LAP(round)
3POSTCHAISE: POST(after), CHA(tea), IS, E(drug). So this one went in from the wordplay, and when I go to look it up, in Chambers it is given as two words and hyphenated, and in Collins it is only given as two words. So we may have been done in by enumeration
4THE JUNGLE BOOK: anagram of ON,THE,JOB,GLUE with (quic)K afterwards
6ABBE: AB(sailor), and BE(live)together
7MALACHI: hidden in abnorMAL ACHIevements
8WISEGUYS: sounds like Y's(letters) and GUISE(form) - the family in this case being the mafia
11GOOD AFTERNOON: GOO(sentiment), DAFTER(comparatively silly) then NO ON(e). Fun clue!
14HIGGS BOSON: anagram of BOSS,GOING,H
17ATTACHED: TT(on the wagon), ACHE(long) inside AD(trailer)
19OUTRANK: OUT(blooming), RANK(foul)
21TORPEDO: definition is "ruin" - TOR(hill), PE(training), DO(party)
22TEE OFF: definition is "drive" (on a golf course). T(heatr)E ten F(force), FOE(enemy) all reversed
25BETA: ABET(help) with the first letter moved down
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