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Times Cryptic 27986

I had all but two answers within my target half-hour but was unable to make further progress so eventually gave up on them and resorted to aids.

As usual definitions are underlined in bold italics, {deletions and substitutions are in curly brackets} and [anagrinds, containment, reversal and other indicators in square ones]. I usually omit all reference to positional indicators unless there is a specific point that requires clarification.

Across
1 Case of man who shouldn't be working with writer (8)
SCABBARD
SCAB (man who shouldn't be working - strike-breaker), BARD (writer)
9 Attitude of procrastinator or heretic (8)
IDOLATER
I DO LATER (attitude of procrastinator). One I failed on and should have got as the alternative reading of the word has always amused me.
10 African country out of bounds for Rod (4)
WAND
{r}WAND{a} (African country) [out of bounds - edges]. The other clue that I failed on.
11 First name or odd name for borderline personality? (12)
FRONTIERSMAN
Anagram [odd] of FIRST NAME OR, then N (name)
13 Regular's drunk last of beer on tap (6)
PATRON
Anagram [drunk) of ON TAP {bee}R [last of...]
14 How many driving aids there are on the wagon (8)
TEETOTAL
The TEE TOTAL on a golf course would be 'how many driving aids there are'
15 It may flavour sweets and sandwiches I get (7)
ANISEED
AND (contains [sandwiches] I + SEE (get)
16 Hand round cask, with nothing in bottles (7)
OVATION
O (round), VAT (cask), then IN contains [bottles] 0 (nothing)
20 Bring up what AC Milan fans may do? (8)
DISINTER
Bring up  / exhume a dead body. The cryptic hint relies on alternative spacing DIS INTERDIS meaning to be disrespectful about, and INTER Milan being AC Milan's local rival team. Says he, as if he knows the first thing about football!
22 Is it one who won't cross one's heart? (6)
TICKER
A cryptic hint precedes the literal and relies on 'tick' and 'cross' being opposites e.g. when marking schoolwork. The main definition brings back happy memories of M. Alphonse (Kenneth Connor) in the outrageously non-PC but very funny sitcom  'Allo 'Allo, who suffered from a 'dicky ticker'.
23 Wrote new play's capital part (5,7)
TOWER HAMLETS
Anagram [new] of WROTE, then HAMLETS (play's). The London Borough formed in 1965 immediately to the east of the established City district. Its components are Stepney, Poplar and Bethnal Green and it plays host to the modern financial district of Canary Wharf.
25 Object ultimately going spare (4)
THIN
THIN{g} (object) [ultimately going]
26 Dish covered in handsome lettering (8)
OMELETTE
Hidden [covered] in {hands}OME LETTE{ring}. QC territory, as was 25ac probably.
27 Careful touching film on DVD, say (8)
DISCREET
DISC (DVD, say), RE (on), ET (film) On later edit: Correction RE (concerning) + ET (film) on DISC (DVD, say). 'On' in an Across clue means 'next to and after'. Many thanks to latecomers anon and dante21c for pointing out the error. As Cap't Mainwaring would say in Dad's Army, I wondered who'd be the first to spot that!
Down
2 Man of God wants tea without milk or sugar? (8)
CHAPLAIN
CHA (tea), PLAIN (without milk or sugar)
3 You can rent somewhere to sleep around extremely dubious English region (12)
BEDFORDSHIRE
BED FOR HIRE (you can rent somewhere to sleep) containing [around] D{ubiou}S [extremely]. My adoptive county of residence though after 38 years here I have never set foot (or wheels) in Bedford. Many years previoulsy as an 11-year old,  I did once meet the then Duke.
4 Trumpet has a little weight when picked up (8)
ANNOUNCE
Sounds like [when picked up] "an ounce" (a little weight)
5 Partner grasps computing command (7)
DICTATE
DATE (partner) contains [grasps] ICT (computing - Information and Computing Technology). I didn't know ICT the last time it came up.
6 Hold together man's broken heart (6)
COHERE
HE (man) contained by [broken] CORE (heart)
7 Stalk US baseball players from the south (4)
STEM
METS (US baseball players) reversed [from the south]. Another sport I know nothing about.
8 Tale teller is explicit: nothing's up (8)
FRANKLIN
FRANK (explicit), then NIL (nothing) reverse [up]. One of the pilgrims who told a tale on the road to Canterbury.
12 Media presenter wears flower outside cape (12)
SPORTSCASTER
SPORTS (wears) + ASTER (flower) containing [outside] C (cape)
15 Habit to drop cold summer's activity (8)
ADDITION
ADDI{c}TION (habit) [to drop cold - c]
17 Kind of humour with virtue so funny (8)
VITREOUS
Anagram [funny] of VIRTUE SO. Not a form of wit, but the gel within the human eye.
18 Public rage tax far too much (8)
OVERTIRE
OVERT (public), IRE (rage)
19 Spruced up politician nosily investigated coats (7)
PRIMPED
PRIED (nosily investigated) contains [coats] MP (politician)
21 Exotic island monkey astride a horse (6)
TAHITI
TITI (monkey) contains [astride] A + H (horse). I didn't know the monkey but the answer was obvious once a couple of checekers had gone in.
24 Stop pouring wine, oddly, around empty hole (4)
WHEN
W{i}N{e} [oddly] containing [around] H{ol}E [empty]. Say when!
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