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Times 27400 - you may remember this

Time taken: 13:01 but with one silly typo at 15 down keeping me from the leaderboard. From looking at the early finishers, this is on the difficult side, nobody is under 10 minutes. Odd puzzle this, with some cryptic definitions and some words that were obscure to me.

I am getting to this fairly late and I have a meeting that is going to eat up my morning, so I hope I have everything sorted, but you may want to check the comments first, in case I have made a characteristic typo or misinterpretation, as I will not be able to correct anything until the late afternoon.

The first definition in each clue is underlined

Away we go...

Across
1 Polish local back on the game (3,2)
RUB UP - PUB(local) reversed after RU(Rugby Union, the game)
4 Start making an impression having landed work on ship (2,2,5)
GO TO PRESS - GOT(landed), OP(work) RE(on), SS(steamship) - crafty definition
9 Motorists about to leave home finally choose somewhere in France (9)
AQUITAINE -  the motorists are the AA(Automobile Association) surrounding QUIT(to leave), then IN(home), and the last letter of choosE
10 Brute rounds on pretentious toff (5)
YAHOO - the two rounds are O and O, put them after YAH(an affected upper-class person). Had to work out the wordplay for the blog, this went in from definition
11 Cutting insignificant church visits (6)
PUNCHY - PUNY(insignificant) containing CH(church)
12 Parasite from horse burrowing into poor titmice (4-4)
ITCH-MITE -  H(horse) inside an anagram of TITMICE
14 Song bird relies on following it around (2,4,4,2)
AS TIME GOES BY - TIME(bird) and GOES BY(relies on) after SA(sex appeal, it) reversed
17 Put the lid on canopy over engine that’s growing hot (6,6)
SCOTCH BONNET - SCOTCH(put the lid on), BONNET(canopy over a car engine) - the definition refers to a hot pepper
20 Raucous Indian in school yard (8)
SCREECHY -  CREE(Indian) inside SCH(school), Y(yard)
21 An inspired suggestion? (6)
BREATH - cryptic double definition, since a breath could be inspired(inhaled)
23 Nothing put forward in musketeer’s pledges (5)
OATHS -  move the O(nothing) to the front in the musketeer ATHOS
24 Leading in platoon, prepared for further advance (3-2,4)
TOP-UP LOAN - UP(leading) inside an anagram of PLATOON - got this one from the wordplay, haven't heard of the phrase
25 Given handle, stir, with pole, a lot of water (9)
NICKNAMED - NICK(jail, stir) then N(north pole), A, MED(lot of water)
26 Scene of action initially settled on years before (5)
YPRES - first letter of Settled after Y(years), PRE(before)

Down
1 Show over, gather before Conference (8)
REAPPEAR -  REAP(gather) then a conference PEAR - definition refers to showing up again
2 English girl’s last but one composition for jazz interval (4,4)
BLUE NOTE - an anagram(composition) of E(English), the last letter in girL, BUT, ONE
3 Get satirists performing curse (3,3,7,2)
PUT THE MOCKERS ON - curse is the direct definition (certainly in cricket), the rest is that if you get the satarists performing you might PUT THE MOCKERS ON
4 Carriage entrance is for picking up only (4)
GAIT - a homophone of GATE(entrance) - the homophone is indicated by "picking up only"
5 Parts of China party? (10)
TWENTIETHS - cryptic definition, based on china being a traditional gift for a TWENTIETH anniversary
6 Happy choirboys ultimately leading fabulous, special sort of life (15)
PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY - anagram of HAPPY,CHOIRBOYS and the last letter of leadinG - another one I had to work out from wordplay, knowing the BIOGRAPHY part was most likely
7 Race Elizabeth and Nicholas are holding together (6)
ETHNIC - hidden inside elizabETH and NICholas
8 Son, having drawn on pot, gets fired (6)
STOKED - S(son) and TOKED(smoked marijuana)
13 A number one turn, time and time again (1,3,6)
I GOT RHYTHM - I(one), GO(turn), T(time), RHYTHM(time). 1930 Gershwin tune (written a year before the song at 14 across)
15 Popular pro (2,6)
IN FAVOUR - double definition, which I somehow managed to enter as IN FAVORR
16 Artwork from film projecting feature on grammar school (8)
ETCHINGS - ET(film), CHIN(projecting feature), GS(grammar school)
18 No pained reactions arise after a fainting (6)
ASWOON - NO, OWS(pained reactions) following A
19 Judge a pain in the neck mostly about immigrant’s case (6)
CRITIC - remove the last letter from CRICK(pain in the neck) and insert the outer letters in ImmigranT
22 The cheapest promotion for this tablet? (4)
IPAD - the cheapest promotion may be a 1P AD
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