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Times 28,001: Just One More Wafer-Thin Clue

Very straightforward for a Friday - I did this while articulating my thought processes as I'm trying to work out how to livestream, and it still look me only 7 minutes odd. The surfaces are pretty coherent and I did like my deceptively simple LOI 10ac, the nice word 27ac, the device at 17dn and the surface of 14dn, which reminded me of Mr Creosote and inspired this blog's title. Many thanks to the setter, and maybe by next week I'll have worked out how actually to get a recording of my musings!

ACROSS
1 Trainee giving nitrogen to plant (6)
INTERN - give N to INTER [plant, as in bury]

5 Risqué nature of playwright’s succeeded (8)
RACINESS - RACINE'S S

9 Denial duke takes House of Lords allowances, perhaps (10)
DISCLAIMER - D IS CLAIMER

10 Atom bombs? Ring for security (4)
MOAT - (ATOM*)

11 Vacant Berkshire farmland is unlikely to be rejected (8)
BEARABLE - B{erkshir}E ARABLE

12 River in India, certainly (6)
INDEED - DEE in IND

13 Punt ace, not the brightest (4)
BETA - BET A. Second brightest, of stars

15 Break’s very warm — a record at the moment (8)
SNAPSHOT - SNAP'S HOT

18 Volume of Poe needs a note for scholarly readers (8)
LITERATI - LITER [American volume] + A TI

19 Host is very foolish wasting billions (4)
ARMY - {b}ARMY

21 Country taking power from an older one (6)
RUSSIA - {p}RUSSIA

23 Semester, say, in which one may get to train (8)
TERMINUS - a "semester" is a TERM IN U.S.

25 Cheese of fine character (4)
FETA - F ETA

26 Scribbler’s tattoos don’t fade away? (3-7)
INK-SLINGER - INKS LINGER

27 A serving girl over in hotel, one carrying tea? (8)
INDIAMAN - A MAID reversed in INN

28 Island dividing traffic gets railing (6)
TIRADE - I dividing TRADE

DOWN
2 Disturbing sounds perhaps not at all lacking in watts (5)
NOISE - NO{w}ISE

3 Former partner with company, one brought in to evaluate and criticise (9)
EXCORIATE - EX + CO + I brought into RATE

4 Close Scottish bank set up in US financial centre (6)
NEARBY - reversed BRAE in NY

5 Dwarf with odd skin mostly raises family (15)
RUMPELSTILTSKIN - RUM PEL{t} STILTS KIN

6 Red woollen jacket, new key line (8)
CARDINAL - CARDI N A L

7 Not one check over migrant (5)
NOMAD - NO [not one] + reversed DAM [check]

8 Where the Queen entertains most are to run round (9)
STATEROOM - (MOST ARE TO*)

14 Gourmet’s colossal waste ending in bin (9)
EPICUREAN - EPIC UREA {bi}N

16 Supplier of paper one artist ordered (9)
STATIONER - (ONE ARTIST*)

17 Metal vehicle carrying goods for street at one end of sports ground (8)
VANADIUM - {st->VAN}ADIUM

20 Thrash metal involving right band (6)
ARMLET - (METAL*) involving R

22 Trod water, perhaps, with one teacher (5)
SWAMI - SWAM with I

24 Overturn university marker over delta (5)
UPEND - U PEN over D
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