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Times 28,091: LAMS to the Slaughter

Most enjoyable, and not too time consuming, though I was held up awhile at the end wondering how LAMS could possibly mean "radioing" until the shiny penny dropped.

"First to move" is utterly brilliant at 1ac; I really liked the highbrow Alice in Wonderland and Norma and Robert Graves references; and 1dn is a superduper anagram. Great puzzle to round out the week and I even managed to submit without some ridiculous typo today, which seems to have been the exception rather than the rule this week. May thanks for this fine specimen of puzzlehood to the setter!

Definitions underlined, (ABC)* indicating anagram of ABC, {} deletions and [] other indicators.

Across
1 First to move the panel, shifting piece of junk (5,8)
WHITE ELEPHANT - WHITE [first to move (in chess)] + (THE PANEL*)
9 Check temperature on car (5)
AUDIT - T on AUDI
10 Not keen on new rival type of drug (9)
ANTIVIRAL - ANTI [not keen on] + (RIVAL*)
11 Period in which one’s at home drinking tea; Alice never quite made it (5,5)
DAISY CHAIN - DAY in which I'S, + IN [home], "drinking" CHA
“So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.”
12 Farm worker finds nothing in sty (4)
PEON - O in PEN. FOI
14 Start and finish not clearly defined (4-3)
OPEN-END - OPEN [start] + END [finish]
16 Having secret knowledge, lied perhaps about credit being short (7)
GNOSTIC - reversed SONG [lied] + TIC{k}
17 Chests: some, we hear, having trouble with them? (7)
COFFERS - homophone of COUGHERS, who have trouble with a different kind of chest
19 One cutting ration admitting the end of futile resistance (7)
SHEARER - SHARE "admitting" {futil}E + R
20 City Mike succeeds in radioing (4)
LIMA - Lima is a city, and precedes Mike in the NATO Phonetic alphabet. LOI.
21 One practising with principal coach, not second (10)
MAINTAINER - MAIN T{r}AINER
24 Unstable, upper-class, suicidal emperor’s story (1,8)
I CLAUDIUS - (U SUICIDAL*)
25 Added salt of copper — revolutionary! (5)
CURED - CU + RED
26 Encourage somebody’s effrontery? That’s just embarrassing (3,2,4,4)
EGG ON ONE'S FACE - or EGG ON [encourage] ONE'S [somebody's] FACE [effrontery]
Down
1 All day without Charlie? Dreadful: I can’t put words to that (4-4-4-2)
WHAT-D'YOU-CALL-IT - (ALL DAY WITHOUT C*)
2 Loading spin-drier, one seen in Madagascar (5)
INDRI - hidden in {sp}IN-DRI{er}
3 Not demanding all the competitors appearing honest? (5-5)
ENTRY-LEVEL - ENTRY [the competitors appearing] LEVEL [honest]
4 Secured page nearly dropped (7)
LEASHED - LEA{f} SHED
5 Feeling for small coin, one to place on drawing (7)
PITYING - P(enny) I, placed on TYING [drawing]
6 Aussie PM has a bible, the opposition leader too (4)
ARVO - A R(evised) V(ersion) + O{pposition}. That's an Aussie post meridiem,
7 Set among woods, hotel given one rating or another (5-4)
THREE-STAR - H set among TREES, plus TAR [rating (as in sailor)]. Def is "rating" but not as in sailor
8 One actor fired perhaps, with nothing written on sort of paper (5,9)
BLANK CARTRIDGE - BLANK [with nothing written on] CARTRIDGE [sort of paper]
13 Permitted variations aren’t close when worked out (10)
TOLERANCES - (AREN'T CLOSE*)
15 All fine with me, getting changed at home? (2,7)
EN FAMILLE - (ALL FINE + ME*)
18 Halt in assigned place (7)
STATION - double def. A "halt" is a railway station not fully equipped, much as I am a blogger not fully equipped.
19 Double offence in which king is absorbed (5,2)
SINKS IN - SIN SIN [double offence] in which K
22 Standard upheld by a Druid priestess (5)
NORMA - NORM upheld by A. Ref the eponymous Bellini opera
23 Called and spoke (4)
RUNG - double def
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