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Times 27979 - It's no secret, but you may not know it!

Time: 30 minutes
Music: Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints

This one proved tougher than usual for a Monday - a lot of knowledge required.     If you are an experienced solver, you will just follow the cryptics and see what you get - surprise!   There were a few tough ones that stretched my knowledge, but I came though in the end.   But if you are missing a crucial piece of knowledge, you may not be so lucky.

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Across
1 Having tantrums on retreat, one in flight (4)
STEP - PETS backwards, my FOI.
4 One responsible for standards in cabbage and beer (4,6)
COLE PORTER - COLE + PORTER, different sorts of cabbage and beer.   A great literal!
9 Note covering wraps round nuts and washer (10)
LAUNDROMAT - LA (anagram of ROUND) MAT.
10 Son an amusing character spoils (4)
SWAG - S + WAG.
11 Political assistant has quiet time seizing power (6)
SHERPA - SH + ER(P)A.
12 Everything from Gatti at last seen in a French poem (8)
UNIVERSE - UN([gatt]I)VERSE.
14 Almost eat too much, coming back for drink (4)
GROG - GORG[e] backwards.
15 This thing shattered reveller finally wears? (10)
NIGHTSHIRT - Anagram of THIS THING + [revelle]R.
17 Old submarine docks at eastern island — almost everyone knows it (4,6)
OPEN SECRET - O PENS + E + CRET[e].
20 Case having been dismissed, criminals cheat at cards (4)
ROOK - [c]ROOK[s].
21 Photographic solution in second best city (4,4)
STOP BATH - S + TOP + BATH.
23 Leave vehicle burning (6)
ALIGHT - Double definition.
24 Short bloke has drug habit (4)
ROBE - ROB + E.
25 Rumble from ocean was disturbing to the ear (3,7)
SEE THROUGH - Sounds like SEA THREW, with rumble as a verb.
26 Tale recounting Catherine's demise? (7,3)
HOWARDS END - A novel by E.M. Forster, with the cryptic referring to Catherine Howard.
27 Rest in peace as everlasting (4)
EASE - Hidden in [peac]E AS E[verlasting].
Down
2 In-form favourite confuses respect with hate (8,3)
TEACHER'S PET - Anagram of RESPECT and HATE.
3 Arthur's dad shut up having become tedious (9)
PENDRAGON - PEN + DRAG ON.
4 Drape with the end cut short? (7)
CURTAIN - CURTAIN[s].
5 Member has desire: see her excited about cold dairy product (9,6)
LIMBURGER CHEESE - LIMB + URGE + anagram of SEE HER around C.
6 Nationalist group getting in touch (7)
PATRIOT - PA(TRIO)T.
7 Rise of drag performer? (5)
TOWER - Double definition, one jocular.
8 Villain shows vigour heading north in Parisian street (5)
ROGUE - R(GO upside-down)UE.
13 Archaeological find: group with cash prepared to support it (11)
SARCOPHAGUS - SA (sex appeal, which = it) + anagram of GROUP and CASH.
16 Leaves one's food? (9)
HERBIVORE - Cryptic definition.
18 Went by valley keeping especially to the north (7)
ELAPSED - D(ESP)ALE upside-down.
19 Elevated works building maliciously ruined (7)
TRASHED - ART upside-down + SHED.
21 Revolutionary nearly put frighteners on Mrs Siddons? (5)
SARAH - HARAS[s] upside-down.
22 Steer then give way finding large bend (5)
OXBOW - OX + BOW, as in bow out.
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