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Times 27736 - twice shy

Time taken: 8:43.

Relieved to have an all-correct this time, since I managed to make silly mistakes in both Monday and Tuesday's daily puzzle and the Monday quick cryptic. Fortunately there was no spelling of Latin phrases that would certainly describe this year.

Very nice puzzle, some unusual words with very clear wordplay. A little bit of a US flavor to it. I hope you are staying safe and sane, and enjoying the crosswords.

Away we go...

Across
1 Charlie and girl adored being seen around — no longer a secret (12)
DECLASSIFIED - C(Charlie) and LASS(girl) inside DEIFIED(adored)
9 One involved in assassination in Japan? (5)
NINJA - the entire clue is the definition, the wordplay is hidden in assassinatioN IN JApan
10 Old male with nowhere possibly for shelter — unlike me? (9)
HOMEOWNER - O(old), M(male) inside an anagram of NOWHERE
11 Person showing loyalty — one, say, to be embraced by old lover (8)
LIEGEMAN - I(one), EG(say) inside LEMAN (old lover)
12 Farewell rendition by one singer no good (2,4)
SO LONG - SOLO(rendition by one singer), NG(no good)
13 Go off script maybe as performer in front of people at stadium? (8)
DIVAGATE - DIVA(performer), in front of GATE(people at stadium)
15 Bird abandoning river afflicted with wound? (6)
BITTEN - the bird is a BITTERN, remove the R(river)
17 With inner energy not ace, fictional hero just about manages (4,2)
GETS BY - E(energy) replacing A(ace) in the great GATSBY
18 For poet the smallest thing leads to row (8)
WHITTIER - WHIT(smallest thing), TIER(row) for the American poet John Greenleaf WHITTIER (known for terrible lines like "success is failure turned inside out")
20 Fatter one's abandoned food store (6)
LARDER - LARDIER(fatter) missing the I(one)
21 Perform with diplomacy, after right answer’s only half comprehended (8)
TRANSACT - TACT(diplomacy) containing R, and half of ANSwer
24 Maybe pictures of New York in a camera needing to be developed (9)
AMERICANA - anagram of IN,A,CAMERA
25 Prepare to be original (5)
PRIME - double definition
26 Sticks around striker, showing guts (12)
CHITTERLINGS - CLINGS(sticks) surrounding HITTER(striker)
Down
1 Position held by theologian was loose and kept shifting? (7)
DANGLED - ANGLE(position) inside DD(theologian)
2 Firm reservations arranged for rooms on ground floor (14)
CONSERVATORIES - CO(firm), then an anagram of RESERVATIONS
3 Knowing a sport will be broadcast (5)
AWARE - sounds like A WEAR(sport)
4 Sloppiness in school unknown, introduction of mentoring key (8)
SCHMALTZ - SCH(school), Z(unknown) containing the first letter of Mentoring and ALT(key)
5 Celebrity's unavailability — not at home (4)
FAME - FAMINE(unavailability) missing IN(at home)
6 As one studying certain relationships, I got close, involved (9)
ECOLOGIST - anagram of I,GOT,CLOSE
7 What's nasty dictator repeatedly in on? This, maybe (14)
INDOCTRINATION - anagram of DICTATOR, two INs ad ON
8 Fellow taking kid aboard yacht (6)
DRAGON - DON(fellow) containing RAG(kid, tease). A racing yacht - there used to be a Summer olympics event specifically for them.
14 Big Herb is relaxing in bunk (9)
GIBBERISH - anagram of BIG,HERB,IS
16 Dearth of hard men in acting profession (8)
SHORTAGE - H(hard), OR(men) inside the STAGE(acing profession)
17 Golf ever mostly in Irish location (6)
GALWAY - G(golf) then most of ALWAYs
19 Pigs and horses, maybe, heading off (7)
ROTTERS - TROTTERS(horses, maybe) missing the first letter
22 Plane crashes in mountainous territory (5)
NEPAL - anagram of PLANE
23 Jeer with any number leaving stressed (4)
TAUT - TAUNT(jeer) missing N(any number)
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