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Times 27,977: Come Friday Bombs

As will all multi-double-def-including puzzles, this felt like it might end up being very wavelengthy. I did it relatively speedy, especially as I seem to be having an off-my-game week, but this was helped by 11ac and others feeling really familiar from somewhere: I hope I didn't test solve this puzzle or something a long time back and forgot about it. But either way there was much to enjoy. I took forever to decide what four letters were going to end 4dn, and managed to have 6dn be my last one in, as of course I was looking for the letter A in a word for "doctor". Isn't Rory Tinkear the son of Roy Tinkear? COD for fooling me so well, I guess. I also liked the tricksiness of 1dn and the definition part of 7dn.

Thank you very much to the setter!

ACROSS
1 Tool cauterises wound after third of stitches removed (9)
SECATEURS - (CAUTER{i}SES*) - third of {st}I{tches} being "I"

6 Grant fed cold sweet (5)
DOLCE - DOLE [grant] "fed" C

9 Value in flag, patriotism finally returning (5)
MERIT - reversed, TIRE [flag] + {patriotis}M

10 Swimmer’s incompetent first of four splits (9)
CLOWNFISH - CLOWNISH, "split" by F{our}

11 Plate knocked over: drawer for it? (6,9)
ANIMAL MAGNETISM - reversed LAMINA + MAGNETISM [something which draws]

13 Eccentric, if excellent corporation (8)
CRACKPOT - CRACK POT [excellent | corporation]

14 Two rums originally in strong drink (6)
BRACER - BRACE [two] + R{ums}

16 Subtlety is missing from pest (6)
NUISANCE - NU{is}ANCE

18 Circulating quickly around system, chocolate eggs initially in gut (8)
VISCERAL - VIRAL "around" S{ystem} C{hocolate} E{ggs}

21 Sensing fine things, a fine thing indeed! (3,4,8)
THE CAT'S WHISKERS - literal/metaphorical double def. Note that "sensing" is adjectival here - fine things that sense

23 Best of British beer good after siesta (5,1,3)
BREAK A LEG - ALE G after BREAK

25 Notice what women often don't give in saying (5)
ADAGE - AD + AGE [what women often don't give]. I've been 29 for decades now, you know.

26 Bone ultimately funny in arm (5)
EQUIP - bon{e} + QUIP; "arm" as a verb

27 Take one back, possibly, as may master for servant? (4,1,4)
RING A BELL - metaphorical/literal double def

DOWN
1 Country: a second where Lesotho located? (5)
SAMOA - Lesotho is an enclave in S.A., so we're looking for A MO in S.A.

2 Joker maybe behind screens in a Catholic's office (11)
CARDINALATE - CARD LATE, "screening" IN A

3 One or two fliers? (7)
TITLARK - one flier, or TIT and LARK concatenated

4 Singular noun arranged around punctuation mark, shortly (8)
UNCOMMON - (NOUN*) "around" COMM{a}

5 Shed somewhere in Berkshire (6)
SLOUGH - double def

6 Doctor nursed a performer (7)
DANSEUR - (NURSED A*). LOI

7 Round of bloomers in sport? Certain to be eliminated (3)
LEI - LEI{sure}

8 Short bursts help me, saving time (9)
EPHEMERAL - (HELP ME*), "saving" ERA

12 Put away at home, box packed with extraordinary care (11)
INCARCERATE - IN CRATE [at home | box] "packed" with (CARE*)

13 Ancient study with group of horses he painted (9)
CONSTABLE - CON with STABLE. Nice to see "con" flagged as an archaism, for a change, given that nobody actually uses it outside of crosswords any more (correct me if I'm wrong)

15 Name torn from Chinese book chap pens — one of fifty (8)
MICHIGAN - I CHI{n}G "penned" by MAN. One of 50 US states

17 Increase status in competition (5,2)
CRANK UP - RANK in CUP

19 Tropical plant schmuck dipped in wine (7)
CASSAVA - ASS "dipped in" CAVA. I've definitely been there

20 Seen in pebbledash, large piece of masonry (6)
ASHLAR - hidden in {pebbled}ASH LAR{ge}

22 Splendid wave (5)
SWELL - double def

24 Bird: I'm not sure able in the end to soar? (3)
EMU - reversed, UM {abl}E, semi-&lit
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