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Times 27988 - I panicked.

Time taken: 17:12.  I really struggled with this one and a look at the early times show that I might be an outlier. There's a few pieces of genral knowledge that just did not come readily to me and kept me from my usual time (though I didn't have an -ible vs -able typo like I have been prone to recently).

Curious to know what other people thought, I suspect this could be a divisive one. There's a country that is no longer a country, a cryptic definition that might be easy for some but ended up being my last one in, and I'm pretty sure there is a typo in 24 down which was my second last in.

Postscript: The typo in 24 down has been corrected. My surprise was the number of commenters who struggled with KEEP, which did use two defintions that are not a castle. This may be the first time the Times had more typos than me.

Away we go...

Across
1 Novel style of energy weapon — disintegrating ray (10)
EPISTOLARY - E(energy), PISTOL(weapon), and an anagram of RAY
6 Pay due regard to board (4)
KEEP - double definition, board in this case meaning food and lodging
10 Ship’s front that takes a long time to pass (7)
GALLEON - GALL(front) with an EON(long time)
11 Support for line I found in European capital mostly — about time (7)
VIADUCT - I inside VADUZ(capital of Leichtenstein) missing the last letter, then C(about), T.  The line is a railway line.
12 Dog suffering modern ban (9)
DOBERMANN - anagram of MODERN,BAN
13 Pensioner storing it around courtyard (5)
PATIO - OAP(Old Age Pensioner) containing IT all reversed
14 Country having a thousand Polish perhaps returning (5)
BURMA - A, M(thousand), RUB(polish) all reversed. Now Myanmar.
15 Awkward relative — bachelor that may be turned away (9)
AVERTIBLE - anagram of RELATIVE and B(bachelor)
17 Every European run mostly loaded with hidden imports? (9)
ALLEGORIC - ALL(every), E(Eurpoean), GO(run) and most of RICH(loaded)
20 Accepted statement from a football team over millions (5)
AXIOM - A, XI(eleven, football team), O(over), M(millions)
21 Strangely stark limestone landscape (5)
KARST - anagram of STARK
23 Vision of some past foxtrot champion retaining beat (9)
FLASHBACK - F(foxtrot, NATO alphabet), and BACK(champion), containing LASH(beat)
25 A fine story and easy to relate to (7)
AFFABLE - A, F(fine), FABLE(story)
26 The answer to this clue should fit the light (7)
GLAZIER - cryptic definition, a glazier could fit lights
27 Acute range of knowledge about Earth’s origin (4)
KEEN - KEN(range of knowledge) surrounding the first letter in Earth
28 What’s used for draught in county hospital or site left empty (5,5)
SHIRE HORSE - SHIRE(county), H(hospital), OR, then the outside letters of SitE
Down
1 Went carefully arranging good deed (5)
EDGED - anagram of G(good) and DEED
2 Some in hotel are billing rises — that’s mean (9)
ILLIBERAL - hidden reversed in hoteL ARE BILLIng
3 Novel article close to capturing big guns (3,5,6)
THE GREAT GATSBY - THE(article) and BY(close to) containing GREAT(big) and GATS(guns)
4 Some words for actor are mostly a former script (6,1)
LINEAR A - LINE(some words for actor), then ARE missing the last letter, and A
5 Regret accepting level income (7)
REVENUE -  RUE(regret) containing EVEN(level)
7 At first, Etna’s rumbling, under pressure to — this? (5)
ERUPT - first letters of Etna's Rumbling Under Pressure To
8 What drivers use dearest place to get contents of pump? (9)
PETROLEUM - PET(dearest), ROLE(place), and the interior letters of pUMp
9 Detest a key PM cut by parliamentarians in place in London (9,5)
HAMPSTEAD HEATH - HATE(detest), A, the key of D and the PM Ted HEATH containing MPS(parliamentarians)
14 Other side about to need judge in game (9)
BLACKJACK - BACK(other side) containing LACK(need) and J(judge)
16 British fix promotion that is right for officer (9)
BRIGADIER - B(British), RIG(fix), AD(promotion), IE(that is), R(right)
18 Update umpire concerning his having missed one over (7)
REFRESH - REF(umpire), RE(concerning) then HIS minus I(one) reversed
19 What’s needed for a mobile phone mount (7)
CHARGER - double definition - something to plug your phone into and a horse
22 Get angry, grabbing fine weapon (5)
RIFLE - RILE(get angry) containing F(fine - the beginning in music)
24 Praver’s verse, a line ignored by eg Brunnhilde (5)
KYRIE - I am pretty sure this is meant to be PRAYER instead of PRAVER... I can't find any connection. Anyway, Brunhilde is a VALKYRIE, remove V(verse), A and L(line)
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