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Times 27511 - A loud and heated discussion!

Time: 23 minutes
Music: Aretha Franklin, Aretha Gold

We are back to easy Monday, albeit with a couple of amusing potential headlines.   The best one was the 'Digress Debate' at the 'Noisy Parthenon', but I also liked 'Ignominy Bureau Taming Maverick!'     I suppose a 'Smart Encounter' at the 'Adonis Embassy' might also have some political potential, but the royals will have to deny any involvement.

I spent the day as a vendor at a record fair, with rather mediocre results, and tonight's musical selection was my sole purchase.  Those were the days, fifty years ago, when exciting new music came out nearly every week - they really had talent to burn.   Well, on to the blog.....

Across
1 Go off at a tangent regarding son in lodgings (7)
DIGRESS - DIG(RE S.)S
5 Key points involving cricketer in discussion (6)
DEBATE - D E(BAT)E, our old friend D major (or minor) and East and East.
8 Poverty unfortunately sees dinner reduced (9)
NEEDINESS - Anagram of SEES DINNER.
9 Head abandons lecture about a Cuban leader, sad to say (5)
ALACK - [t]AL(A C[uban])K, one most solvers will biff.
11 Loud like Parker, initially ignored in the centre (5)
NOISY - NO(I[gnored]SY, from Nosy Parker, who has never been successfully tracked down by language sleuths.
12 Equality acceptable about that time in Greek temple (9)
PARTHENON - PAR (THEN) ON.
13 No one in gym is jumping? Shame (8)
IGNOMINY - Anagram of NO 1 IN GYM.
15 Office sweetheart seen around outskirts of Uttoxeter (6)
BUREAU -B(U[ttoxete[R)EAU, another one most solvers will biff.
17 What Kate went through, thanks to Mike in Gateshead? (6)
TAMING - TA + M IN G.   I had always been hold that words like 'Gateshead' could not be used to clue G in the Times puzzle, but apparently they can.
19 Nonconformist fellow touring state (8)
MAVERICK - M(AVER)ICK, our random fellow.
22 Assault prompting inapt reaction in old northern street (9)
ONSLAUGHT -  O N S(LAUGH)T....well, not if we laugh at your feeble assault.
23 Pleasant-tasting juice this writer had (5)
SAPID - SAP I'D.
24 Ingenious sting! (5)
SMART - Double definition.
25 Confrontation Descartes maybe recalled, involving European noble (9)
ENCOUNTER - EN(COUNT)ER, where the enclosing letters are RENE backwards.
26 Comely youth, one entering quarters after a party (6)
ADONIS - A DO N(I)S.
27 English male singer with yen for diplomatic office (7)
EMBASSY - E + M + BASS + Y
Down
1 Acted in unison adapting obloquies (13)
DENUNCIATIONS - anagram of ACTED IN UNISON.   I unfortunately confused 'obloquies' with 'obsequies' while solving, so I needed all the crossing letters.
2 Style of architecture old lady found around Clerkenwell area? (7)
GRECIAN - GR(EC 1)AN.
3 Fruit raised by unknown woman (5)
EMILY - LIME upside-down + Y, today's random woman.  Emily, meet Mick!
4 Wide-ranging task for the cleaners (8)
SWEEPING - Double definition.
5 Aspiration of Parisian father (6)
DESIRE - DE + SIRE.
6 Where outrigger principally is kept in city on river? (9)
BOATHOUSE - B(O[utrigger]ATH + OUSE, a fine &lit.
7 Student artist at home, protected by support on course (7)
TRAINEE - T(RA IN)EE, a compendium of cryptic cliches.
10 Race established by understanding friar with Yankee hat (8,5)
KENTUCKY DERBY - KEN +| TUCK + Y + DERBY.   We've got a Friar Tuck around here somewhere....
14 Island fellow with headgear of yellowish-brown colour (9)
MANHATTAN - MAN + HAT + TAN.
16 Imitative work made of shining glass — German I gathered (8)
PASTICHE - PAST(ICH)E, my LOI, as I was sure it must end in -icle.
18 Hot stuff assembled for the audience? (7)
MUSTARD - Sounds like MUSTERED.
20 Drive shown by one politician in France and America (7)
IMPETUS - I MP + ET + US, don't let the word order fool you, it's in France, 'and'.
21 Going out for example on ship (6)
EGRESS - EG + RE + SS.
23 Firework son left briefly on top of bonfire (5)
SQUIB - S + QUI[t] + B[onfire], my FOI, surprisingly.
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