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Times 27415 - Peanuts and a prize!

Time: 39 minutes
Music: Rawsthorne, Clarinet Concerto, Thea King

I proceeded rapidly through this easy Monday puzzle - for a while.   Then I discovered that after solving most of the clues, I was left with highly unlikely sets of crossing letters that didn't fit any words that I could think of.  So another 15 or 20 minutes was added to my time as I struggled with the last five or six in.  'Kindred' should not have been so hard, but the 'broadbrush/unequal/harbinger/strike a light/crackerjacks' section put up stiff resistance. 

I got most of the parsings as I went along, and I think I recognize the style.   Yes, there's a lot of clever stuff here, but if you have knowledge and experience you can solve it sooner or later.   I'm sure many of our more skilled solvers did not find it that difficult.

Across
1 Rough outspoken sweeper (10)
BROADBRUSH - BROAD + BRUSH, where the literal nearly collides with the wordplay.
7 Youth pocketing key for the trunk (4)
BODY - BO(D)Y, in the key of D.   The trunk is the body of the body, so to speak.
9 Flare framing convict's body (8)
FUSELAGE - FUSE(LAG)E.   'Fusee' has both a horological and a pyrotechnic meaning.
10 Serious crime: head denied motive (6)
REASON - [t]REASON.
11 Fewer working class (6)
LESSON - LESS + ON.
13 Yours truly in a French rhyme? Heavens (8)
UNIVERSE - UN (I) VERSE.  The 'heavens' are not really the universe, since the spot where you're standing gaping up at the sky is also included, but the idea is clear enough.
14 Settle on industrial action? Blimey! (6,1,5)
STRIKE A LIGHT - STRIKE + ALIGHT, giving a UK-ism I had a hard time calling to mind.
17 Sailor tucking into biscuits, things of the highest quality (12)
CRACKERJACKS - CRACKER(JACK)S. 
20 Cussed, given life after objections rejected (8)
STUBBORN - BUTS backwards + BORN.
21 Slashes substantial incomes, primarily (6)
SOLIDI - SOLID + I[ncomes].   I believe some solvers were caught out by this word before, so I hope you membered it this time.
22 Naval force heading for Aden — not all there captured by artist (6)
ARMADA - A{den] + R.(MAD)A.   Artists perform a wide number of functions in these puzzles.
23 Film Rhode Island leader in Ohio? Well done! (3,5)
RIO BRAVO - R.I + O[hio] + BRAVO!
25 Endlessly overexcited to find intensive sales promotion (4)
HYPE - HYPE[r].
26 So often dry in resort — and that’s that! (3,2,5)
END OF STORY - Anagram of SO OFTEN DRY.
Down
2 Obstruction blocking avenue? One may bet on it (8)
ROULETTE - ROU(LET)TE.
3 Lacking bit of depth, freshwater fish expert (3)
ACE - [d]ACE, the favorite fish of the NY Times setters.
4 Shrewdness of British government, we hear (5)
BRAIN - B  + RAIN, sounds like REIGN.
5 Not even atypical American dropping out in favour of English queen (7)
UNEQUAL - UN(-us, +EQ)UAL,  a complicated letter-substitution clue.
6 Herald's endless worry holding orgy (9)
HARBINGER - HAR(BINGE)R[y].   My LOI, as I couldn't think of a word that fit - then I saw it.
7 Pioneer in lounge in club bar (5,1,5)
BLAZE A TRAIL - B(LAZE)AT RAIL, biffed by me.
8 Tired of wordy novel about head of state (6)
DROWSY - anagram of WORDY around S[tate]
12 Exchange sword for other weapon (11)
SWITCHBLADE - SWITCH BLADE.
15 Develop complex (9)
ELABORATE - Double definition, take your pick.
16 One participating in a sport — high jumper? (8)
SKYDIVER - Cryptic definition, I would say.
18 Similar type and colour (7)
KINDRED - KIND + RED.
19 Tempestuous tale captivating millions (6)
STORMY - STOR(M)Y.     Rather obvious since STORY was just used in 26 across.
21 Mock small company very loudly (5)
SCOFF - S + CO +| FF, a compendium of stock cryptic elements.
24 Break down in Cairo traffic (3)
ROT - hidden in [cai]RO T[raffic].
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