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Times 27595 - Not too fishy....

No time tonight - solved while watching golf on TV.  

If you do a puzzle intermitently, you tend not to notice if it's easy or hard, unless it's very hard, in which case you have to switch off the TV and think.   I suspect this one was easy, as I was able to solve most of the clues as I read each one.  The wordplay is quite simple, and there are no obscure words unless you've never heard of basilisks.

Thanks and a hat tip to Jeremy for the parsing of 28.  

Across
1 A rating, as it turns out, one born late in the year (11)
SAGITTARIAN - Anagram of A RATING AS IT.
7 Altercation in bank? (3)
ROW - Double definition.
9 Lethal serpents a reclusive saint chances heading off (9)
BASILISKS - BASIL + [r]ISKS
10 Fattened fowl a gang leader left unfinished (5)
CAPON - CAPON[e]
11 Small farmer more frequently pursuing credit (7)
CROFTER - CR + OFTER.
12 Endless delay regularly besetting seabird by lake (7)
ETERNAL - [d]E(TERN)[l]A[y] + L
13 Single doctor in US city, one opposing local development (5)
NIMBY - N(I MB)Y
15 Famous lad with energy for exercising (9)
LEGENDARY - Anagram of LAD and ENERGY.
17 Lacking will to reject place in fashionable gallery? (9)
INTESTATE - IN (SET backwards) TATE.
19 Fish touristy restaurants originally included in meal? (5)
TETRA - TE(T[ouristy] R[estaurants])A.
20 Shark that’s spotted female is hot on trail (7)
DOGFISH - DOG + F + IS + H. 
22 Leave university with a revolutionary painting technique (7)
GOUACHE - GO + U + A + CHE.
24 Woman abandoning horse in compound (5)
ESTER - [h]ESTER.
25 Preserve sheep brought back by young chap in West (9)
MARMALADE - RAM backwards + MA(LAD)E, another Mae West clue.
27 Went in front, having source of light (3)
LED - Double definition.
28 Do gymnastics, taken in by pathetic spoilsport (5,6)
PARTY POOPER -PARTY + POO(PE)R.
Down
1 Work for press, taking public transport to north (3)
SUB - BUS upside-down.
2 Relish time supporting America in game (5)
GUSTO - G(US + T)O.
3 Russian writer’s means to get rid of old model (7)
TOLSTOY - T[o]OLS + TOY.
4 Last aria Rameau finally composed for land down under (9)
AUSTRALIA - Anagram of LAST ARIA + [ramea]U.
5 Lives with girl? That’s the problem! (5)
ISSUE - IS + SUE.
6 Particle identified by Greek character, an Athenian demagogue (7)
NUCLEON - NU + CLEON.
7 Contrite theatre worker touring hospital department (9)
REPENTANT - REP(ENT)ANT, a compendium of cryptic cliches.
8 Preacher entertaining northern duke with beer and cheese (11)
WENSLEYDALE - WE(N)SLEY + D + ALE.
11 Blunt old PM collecting key cake ingredient (7,4)
CANDIED PEEL - CANDI(E)D PEEL. 
14 Fantasist reportedly confined and mollified (9)
MITIGATED - MITI, sounds like Walter MITTY, + GATED.
16 Two chaps providing capital cover in Kyle of Localsh? (9)
GLENGARRY - GLEN + GARRY, a traditional Scots cap.
18 Agitate about rider’s first piece of tack (7)
STIRRUP -STIR (R[ider]) UP
19 Travel agency giving shelter to a crested African bird (7)
TOURACO - TOUR (A) CO.
21 Greek poet’s house overlooking sea at Boulogne (5)
HOMER - HO + MER.
23 City overwhelmed by Conservative member’s vice (5)
CLAMP - C(LA)MP, the vice on your workbench which is more often spelt 'vise'. 
26 Blunder made by English kings (3)
ERR - E + R + R.
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