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Times 28085 - I'm a substitute!

My boss at the first job I ever worked at told me this: if you are the boss, and no workers are available, it is your responsibility to do the work yourself.   So here I am!

This was a difficult puzzle, and it took me over an hour to finish.   I tried to solve it solo, then worked with Jeremy online.   Even after we finished, some of the parsing had to be worked out, so thanks to my fellow blogger for the help.

Across
1 Action to start set pieces is needed, they maintain (10)
SERVICEMEN - SERVICE + MEN, service as in tennis, pieces as in chess, for the kind of service men who repair your appliances.
6 Give licence to overtake (4)
PASS -  Double definition.
8 Ruler from past stopping in error, returning without wife (8)
GOVERNOR - G(OVER)NOR[w], where wrong is backwards and over isn't
9 Appalling smoke beginning to thicken all around (6)
TRAGIC - CIGAR + T[hicken] backwards.
10 Stake blanched by the sun, perhaps (4)
PALE - Double defintion.
11 I'm obliged to admit blunder, tailing old men (5,5)
OTHER RANKS - O + TH(ERR)ANKS.
12 China's in marginally overlapping dioceses, it appears (9)
SEEMINGLY - SEE(MING)LY, i.e. SEE + ELY overlapping.
14 Within seconds, fool gets out of control (5)
SKIDS - S(KID)S.
17 Fried stuff with uniform filling (5)
SAUTE - SA(U)TE.
19 Reference book's chapter on critical politician (9)
DIRECTORY - DIRE (C) TORY, where critical clues dire.
22 One group has difficulty concealing evidence of operation (5,5)
PILOT LIGHT - P(I LOT)LIGHT.
23 Take part of judge in The Archers (4)
HEAR - Hidden in [T]HE AR[chers]
24 Show that's unselected, might one say out loud? (6)
DEPICT - Sounds like DE-PICKED.
25 See you put biblical books on stand, removing key (1,7)
A BIENTOT - ABI[d]E + NT + OT, of course.
26 A question of gender and class (4)
FORM - F OR  M, thanks to Mcchoc.....I thought the parliamentary meaning of "for" was a bit weak in the proposed parsing.
27 1 across prepared complex work schedule for members (5,5)
ORDER PAPER - OR + anagram of PREPARED, where servicemen now mean something different than they did in 1 across.
Down
1 Assistance to motorists so GPS isn't misused? (9)
SIGNPOSTS - Anagram of SO GPS ISN'T.
2 Enthusiast's put up with empty vehicle for spin (7)
REVOLVE -  V[ehicl]E + LOVER, upside-down.
3 Associated musical with nightclub (8)
CONJOINT - CON + JOINT, where con = "musical with".
4 Good distance south of Slough, comprehensive training area? (11,4)
MARSHALLING YARD - MARSH + ALL IN + G YARD.
5 Lawman's refusal to wait put queen off once (6)
NOTARY - NO TAR[r]Y.
6 Oddly, prevalent clothing for sailor? (3,6)
PEA JACKET - P[r]E[v]A [l](JACK)E[n]T, a brilliant &lit.
7 Dodged nettle going into hut (7)
SHIRKED - SH(IRK)ED.
13 Belief of immodest Hapsburg leader in Reformation (9)
METHODISM - Anagram of IMMODEST + H[apsburg].
15 One whose promotion is up in the air (9)
SKYWRITER - Cryptic definition.
16 Battle-hardened horse and rider set off (8)
DESTRIER - Anagram of RIDER SET, tough vocabulary here.
18 Rule out supporting a learner one's interested in (5,2)
ALIVE TO -  A + L + I + VETO.
20 Dealing with everything when angry, one can blow it (3-4)
ONE-STOP - ONE'S TOP.
21 Senseless British game (6)
BLOTTO - B + LOTTO.
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