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Times 27249 - One for the record?

This took me a leisurely 19 minutes, having started without delay with the long 1a and 1d to make it flow smoothly. I suspect there will be some single figure times as even I found it straightforward. Nothing very memorable but I think 25a gets my CoD vote for joining two words beginning with (or actually without) the same letter.




Across
1 Making poor naughty chaps include extra time (14)
IMPOVERISHMENT - Naughty chaps are IMPISH MEN, insert OVER = extra, add T at the end.
9 Will writer seek alternative link? (9)
SOLICITOR - SOLICIT = seek, linked to OR = alternative. Nice concise surface.
10 Wait and leave course, needing to lose weight (5)
SERVE - SWERVE loses its W(eight). Serve as in serve at table.
11 Unwell following Greek restaurant (5)
GRILL - GR(eek), ILL.
12 I’m left with one French female to harass (9)
IMPORTUNE - IM = I'm, PORT = left, UNE = French for one, feminine.
13 Bridge bid concluded as wanted from the outset (8)
INTENDED - INT = 1 No Trump, ENDED = concluded.
15 Get by in G&S show with two vocal changes (4,2)
MAKE DO - The MIKADO changes two letters, I to A and A to E.
17 Ancient Greek — one on island that has a name (6)
IONIAN - I (one) ON, I (island), A, N(ame).
19 Sent a message about ancient city given a little relief? (8)
TEXTURED - Insert that old chestnut city UR into TEXTED.
22 Settle data speed after accumulator’s voided (9)
ARBITRATE - AR = accumulator, voided; BIT RATE = data speed.
23 People of hot Australian area (5)
HAUSA - H = hot, AUS, A(rea). People not from Oz but Africa, mainly Nigeria.
24 Oxygen is absorbed by three hundred current bacteria (5)
COCCI - C, C, C = three hundred, insert O(xygen) and add I = current. Plural of coccus; any bacterium with a generally round or oval shape, as opposed to rod shaped bacilli or spiral shaped ones.
25 Attacker of Xmas revelry deficiency — there’s never whiskey (9)
ASSAILANT - WASSAIL and WANT lose their W letters = whiskey in NATO phonetic alphabet.
26 Scrap handout, grumble misguided (5-3-6)
ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE - (HANDOUT GRUMBLE)*.

Down
1 Write my name if I’m able in nice flowing smallness (14)
INSIGNIFICANCE - SIGN = write my name, IF, I CAN = I'm able, insert all of that into (NICE)*.
2 Left note in the keeping of former reader (7)
PALMIST - Insert L(eft) and MI (note) into PAST = former.
3 See boozer losing head, speaking loudly (5)
VOCAL - LOCAL = boozer loses its L, after V = vide, see.
4 One complaining strongly about alien shopkeeper? (8)
RETAILER - Insert ET the alien chestnut into RAILER one who rails or complains.
5 Son heading rubbish band (6)
STRIPE - S(on), TRIPE = rubbish.
6 Racist men unfortunately behaving unlawfully (9)
MISCREANT - (RACIST MEN)*.
7 Key routine to manage raising? (7)
NURTURE - E (key), RUT (routine), RUN (manage), all reversed. Raising here is doing the definition and the instruction to reverse, I think.
8 Stock present for Washington PM finally forgot (8,6)
HEREFORD CATTLE - HERE (present), FOR, DC (Washington), ATTLE(E) = PM with final letter omitted.
14 Note, connecting the green wire is almost a disaster (4,5)
NEAR THING - N(ote), EARTHING = connecting the green wire.
16 Last days of the year were relaxing no more (8)
DECEASED - DEC(ember), EASED = were relaxing.
18 Italian opera mounted in Havana company? (7)
NABUCCO - CUBAN reversed, CO(mpany). Opera by Verdi originally called NABUCODONOSOR, from the Italian for Nebuchadnezzar, I'm not surprised he changed it to something even more catchy.
20 Rhum baba running short, bringing in queen’s pudding ingredient? (7)
RHUBARB - RHU, BAB = Rhum Baba running short; insert R for queen.
21 Hat country divided by boaters? (6)
PANAMA - Double definition, one referring to the canal. 
23 Three lines that Mike cut in the middle (5)
HAIKU - Central letters of t HA t m IK e c U t. Should be 17 syllables, three phrases, in Japanese.
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