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Times 27583 - A game for Captain Jinks?

Music: Mendelssohn, Scotch Symphony, Gibson/ScNO
Time: 29 minutes

I can't really figure out if this was difficult or easy.   As I solved, I got the impression that some might find the clues difficult, but that I was on the wavelength.   I did get a little stuck after finishing the NW quadrant and having nearly nothing else, but once I got a few crossing letters I advanced very briskly - for me.   Even the UK-centric SE corner didn't really slow me down, and I finished in a fairly decent time.   Experienced solvers will probably do fairly well.   I did biff a number of answers, and will have to figure out the cryptics as I go along.

Across
1 Posh females and others in pub that serves food (6,3)
BUFFET CAR - B(U FF ETC)AR, my FOI.
6 Reminder about university being complacent (5)
PROUD - PRO(U)D, my LOI.   'Complacent' is not exactly 'proud', but close enough.
9 Sick bird sounded wrong (7)
ILLEGAL - Sounds like 'ill eagle', a bit of a chestnut.
10 With pride, she loses in brawling (7)
LIONESS - Anagram of LOSES IN.
11 Design on cent’s piece coined for particular occasion (5)
NONCE - hidden in [desig]N ON CE[nt], just biffed by me.
12 Where coals are not hot, mix with others (9)
INTEGRATE - IN T[h]E GRATE
13 Snake in alien surroundings — through water it sped (1-4)
E-BOAT - E(BOA)T.  I hope you didn't biff U-boat.  Before John Culshaw produced the Solti Ring for Decca, he was in the RAF attempting to blast E-boats out of the water from a Swordfish.
14 Northern location where cool writer joins ship (9)
INVERNESS - IN VERNE SS.
17 Sweetheart given break to find mangetout (5,4)
SUGAR SNAP - SUGAR + SNAP.   I had forgotten what a mangetout is, and had to wait for some crossing letters.
18 Bones in bag next to top drawer? (5)
SACRA - SAC + RA, where our old friend the distinguished artist is rather obliquely clued.
19 Server misses one playing pool game (5,4)
WATER POLO - WA[i]TER + anagram of POOL.   I biffed, and did not even realize 'pool' was not part of the definition - which it easily could be.
22 Learner in military group not exactly bright (5)
UNLIT - UN(L)IT, a relief from the usual chestnut.
24 Maybe two for one in Bury (7)
INTEGER - INT(E.G.)ER.
25 Not keen on what some doctors do in delivery method (3-4)
OFF-SPIN - OFF + SPIN, what spin doctors do.  I just knew this would be a cricket clue, but I still needed a few checkers.  We'll see how the UK solvers do with the baseball clues.
26 Eponymous heroine saves island home for birds (5)
EYRIE - EYR(I)E.
27 Comic, Eagle, keeping one enlightened (5,4)
ERNIE WISE - ERN(I)E + WISE.   After a lttle experience, I am wise to Mr Wise, and can just about biff him.
Down
1 Black knight pens song for Scottish child (5)
BAIRN - B(AIR)N.
2 Smoke keeps breathing organ working in Chinese system (5,4)
FALUN GONG - FA(LUNG ON)G.   If you thought 'smoke' was 'fog', you lose. 
3 Moth circles round American helicopter (9)
EGGBEATER - EGG(BEAT)ER - I think.   I couldn't make heads or tails of the cryptic, and just biffed the obvious answer.   However, upon researching the matter, I find that 'egger' or 'eggar' is a type of moth.   That leaves the explanation of the 'beat' element, which I will have to offer up for comments.  For the correct explanation, see the very first comment.
4 In this way, one’s sure to have an impact (9,6)
COLLISION COURSE - A somewhat jocular cryptic definition, I believe.
5 Might it be that sister? Poor nun in trouble! (8,7)
RELATIVE PRONOUN - RELATIVE + anagram of POOR NUN.   The DBE is clearly indicated by the question mark.
6 Verifying which six must leave tip? (5)
PRONG - PRO[vi]NG.
7 Piano used in old time musical presentation (5)
OPERA - O(P)ERA.
8 Tummy trouble in dreadful days without drink (9)
DYSPEPSIA - DYS(PEPSI)A, when the enclosing letters are an anagram of DAYS.
13 Former wife involved in dancing this reel (9)
ERSTWHILE - Anagram of W + THIS REEL.
15 Trouble keeping English quiet in governmental sort-out (9)
RESHUFFLE - R(E SH)UFFLE.   Maybe this should lead to a New Deal!
16 Oil producers lie and cut pay anyhow (9)
EUCALYPTI - anagram of LIE and CUT PAY.
20 Cheap booze, no good, upset teacher (5)
TUTOR - ROT[g]UT upside-down.
21 Rascal having non-British accent (5)
ROGUE - [b]ROGUE.
23 Under emotional pressure in past? (5)
TENSE - double definition, where the DBE of the literal is again indicated by a question mark.
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