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Times 27,917: Taken Down A Peg Or Two

I made a 15-minute meal of this, a lot of that due to having an alternative answer in at 4dn, which made the NHO 11ac much too hard to spot. There were some easy clues but also some tricksterish ploys: not sure how much I liked "the scoundrel" in 1dn and "a street" in 3dn, both of which upped the difficulty level by giving extraneous stuff to try to account for. But I did very much like the "playground rumour" and the multiple definition at 17dn, which made what seems with hindsight like a straightforward clue (albeit with incredibly well concealed anagrist/grind!) my LOI. 26ac was also really rather nice, as was the quality of word manipulation and contortion in general. So while I may have ended 2 pegs down, I still give this Friday puzzle two thumbs up: many thanks, your settership!

ACROSS
1 Can it split? Confess (6)
SHRIVE - SH [can it!] + RIVE [split]

4 Piled in heap, dogs off lead showed visible distress (7)
UPSWEPT - {p}UPS WEPT

9 Totalled up at last, with no case (2,3)
IN ALL - {f}INALL{y} - FOI

10 Understand program, run with what purpose? (9)
APPREHEND - APP R + EH END [program | run | what? | purpose]

11 Feasting greedily in club, liable to waste days (9)
BATTENING - BAT + TEN{d}ING

12 Resin you once put back to inhibit disease (5)
EPOXY - reversed YE [you, once] "inhibiting" POX

13 Try again to get out of fire door (4)
REDO - hidden in {fi}RE DO{or}

14 One curate I trained who has lots to deal with (10)
AUCTIONEER - (ONE CURATE I*). "Lots" in the technical sense

18 Spring flowers I left out in winds (10)
EASTERLIES - EASTER L{il}IES

20 Style of greeting in cricket club (4)
CHIC - HI in CC

23 Better to make this payment with rupees (5)
WAGER - WAGE [payment] + R. As in, something a better makes

24 Church official has wrapped silks, brown, for chapter to wear (9)
SACRISTAN - SARIS TAN [wrapped silks | brown], "worn" by C

25 Some northerners grasp tons I have not taught (9)
INTUITIVE - INUIT "grasp" T, plus I'VE

26 Excuse one replacing a graduate in panto role (5)
ALIBI - take ALI BABA, and replace A B.A. [a graduate] with I [one]: ALI B{aba->I}

27 Disorder puts part of US hospital in no end of peril (7)
DERANGE - E.R. in DANGE{r}

28 Show great respect for son escaping misfortune (6)
REVERE - REVER{s}E

DOWN
1 Poet, the scoundrel, pinching almost all of another (9)
SWINBURNE - SWINE [the scoundrel] "pinching" BURN{s} [almost all of another (poet). I spent way, way too long wondering how BURN{x} could be a type of scoundrel, but obviously the answer was always going to be dear old Algernon

2 Pushed back, gave another performance? (7)
REACTED - or re-acted. Every action has an equal and opposite Newtonian reaction

3 See a street in depression (6)
VALLEY - V ALLEY [see | a street]

4 To set free, amputate limb? (5)
UNPEG - or remove a peg, as in a leg. I had UNPIN in here for a very long time which made things difficult. Given that after you amputate a pirate's real leg you actually ADD a peg, isn't unpin the better answer, in some ways? :P

5 Sort of bob, remarkably sleek fashion (8)
SKELETON - (SLEEK*) + TON. The skeleton bob is an event very familiar to quizzers, but not to be confused with the luge

6 What spoils the view at heart of storm is very concerning (7)
EYESORE - EYE [heart of storm] + SO RE [very | concerning]. Genius which I did not initially spot, thanks KG!

7 Now daughter comes in for a hot drink (5)
TODDY - take TOD{a}Y now and put a D(aughter) in for the A: TOD{a->D}Y

8 Roughly haul about somewhat, as usual (8)
HABITUAL - (HAUL*) "about" A BIT

15 English avoiding wooden ware getting expensive French plate (8)
TRENCHER - TRE{e}N + CHER [expensive, in French]

16 Obscure playground rumour finally true (9)
RECONDITE - REC [playground] + ON DIT [rumour] + {tru}E

17 East European and American statesman are going out (8)
GEORGIAN - (ARE GOING*), with two possible definitions offered. LOI

19 Show exasperation after missing a fine practice shot (7)
SIGHTER - SIGH [show exasperation] + {af}TER

21 Emergency provision in hotel out of order (7)
HOTLINE - (IN HOTEL*)

22 Green plant round field regularly makes fodder (6)
SILAGE - SAGE "round" {f}I{e}L{d}. I've been fond of this word ever since I was an audio typist at an insurance firm as a very young man and tried to get this word into a letter in place of "signage", sadly they spotted my larks.

23 Strange hold-up in river delta (5)
WEIRD - WEIR [hold-up in river] + D

24 Nick’s small cloth (5)
SWIPE - S WIPE. Swiper, stop swiping!
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