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Times 27967 - Let me check....

Time: 40 minutes
Music: Beethoven, Emperor Concerto, Schnabel/Galliera

This one was difficult in my book, although some may find it otherwise.   The answers persistently turned out to something I was not expecting at all, and the cryptics involved some obscure usages and some abbrevations I had to look up in Chambers.   But by a combination of teasing my way through the cryptics, and biffing the evident answers, I did manage to finish.

I suspect that bold biffers will be relatively more successful in this puzzle, while those who ponder every element of the clue will be working through many possibilities but not getting anywhere.   We shall see.

Across
1 Revile harmful gas American imported (4)
CUSS - C(US)S.   CS gas I had to look up.
4 Pompous leader has tattoo after first month on vessel (10)
PANJANDRUM -  PAN + JAN + DRUM.   This is drum as a verb, and tattoo as a verb, the tattoo derived from 16th-century Dutch rather than the one that comes from 19th-century Tahitian.
9 Cooking fish after commotion in front of guest (4,6)
STIR FRYING - STIR + FRY IN G[uest].
10 Due to kill first fly (4)
WING - [o]WING, with both fly and wing as verbs.
11 Cleric entertaining nonconformist leader shot at table (6)
CANNON - CAN(N[onconformist])ON, a shot in billianrds or snooker.
12 Desperate horse close (8)
HAIRLESS - H + AIRLESS, with the slang meaning of hairless that I had to look up.
14 Harrow playboy? (4)
RAKE - Double definition.
15 A solemn proposal brought about love's consummation (10)
APOTHEOSIS - A PO THE(O)SIS, where po = po-faced.
17 Ride in this buggy cut off (10)
DISINHERIT - Anagram of RIDE IN THIS.
20 A lot of tennis outfits (4)
SETS - Double definition.
21 Dig in remains of fruit said to bring disease (8)
BERIBERI - I believe this sounds like BURY BERRY, and has nothing to do with rib = dig - but I could be wrong!
23 Pitiful debilitating affliction like case of lurgy (6)
MEASLY -  M.E + AS + L[urg]Y.   M.E. = Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, among other things.
24 Person having very little money left (4)
SOUL -  SOU + L.
25 Hotel goes frantic accommodating one's religious disciplines (10)
THEOLOGIES - Anagram of HOTEL GOES + I.
26 Trendy daughter is presented poorly (10)
INDISPOSED - IN D IS POSED.
27 Tramp is some hiker travelling westward (4)
TREK - backwards hidden in [hi]KER T[ravelling].
Down
2 Animal mutated with truer colouring (11)
ULTRAMARINE -  Anagram of ANIMAL + TRUER.
3 Ground, i.e. Regent's Park, given national status (9)
SERENGETI - Anagram of I.E. REGENT'S.
4 Dad bags country house's top fish (7)
PIRANHA - P(IRAN, H)A.
5 Nothing stored in bulk following Arab's call for consideration? (15)
NEIGHBOURLINESS - NEIGH + B(O)URLINESS.
6 An effusive talk masking one's pain (7)
ANGUISH - AN + GU(I)SH.
7 Assemble notes for broadcast (5)
RAISE - Sounds like Res.
8 Amount put up to house a grand priest (5)
MAGUS - M(A,G)US, sum upside-down.
13 Vet relishes flexing arm (11)
SHIRTSLEEVE - Anagram of VET RELISHES.
16 Offensive cackle breaking on street (9)
ONSLAUGHT - ON S(LAUGH)T.
18 Load intercepted by English lieutenant remains in vessel (7)
HEELTAP - HE(E LT)AP, the dregs at the bottom of a glass, which I vaguely recalled.
19 Toppled tyrant ultimately disgraced, beheaded (7)
TUMBLED - T + [h]UMBLED.
21 Principles I lowered for singers (5)
BASSI - BASIS with the I moved down.
22 Global song in parts (5)
ROUND - Double definition.
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