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Times 25339 - can you cope?

Solving time : 15:34 on the club timer - very slow start to this one, really only getting the top left corner on a first read through, and then sweeping through the bottom and finishing off on the right hand side. There's two better times than me on the crossword club already, so I suspect I was just not on the setters wavelength, as I think everything makes sense now.

I was relieved that the Y in 14 across was checked, as it is a word that is spelled one way in the US and another way in the UK, and I was unsure of which was which and also of the spelling in the wordplay.

Public service announcement, my fellow Thursday blogger Uncle Yap is gone next Thursday so you're stuck with me for a few weeks.

Away we go!
Across
1CHERRY(one stoned), PICKER(elector): rather a fun clue to get us going, though I didn't get it until most of the checking letters were in place
8OSTRICH: alternating letters in dOeSnT then RICH
9ARC LAMP: CLAM in (c)ARP
11our across omission, if you look hard you might find it
12ELITIST: SIT in TILE all reversed
13SIEVE: I in SEVE(n)
14SPARE, TYRE: TYRE is in what is now Lebanon, and I'd heard of it but I was glad I didn't have to spell it
16ENTANGLED: ANGLE in (TEND)*
19POLYP: Y(end of CHARDONNAY) in PLOP reversed
21TANK TOP: double def
23LINOCUT: I got this from the definition, but now I see the wordplay - it's OUT(off) with C(100) inside, and before that LIN(e). Tricksy!
24SUNBURN: end of exhaustioN, RUB,NUS all reversed
25SHAW,NEE: brave as in American Indian
26NYMPHOMANIAC: (CHAMPION,MANY) - hope everyone else smiled at the definition
 
Down
1COT,ERIE
2EPITOME: EPI(c),TOME
3REHEARSAL: HEARS(tries) in REAL(concrete)
4PLANE: the aircraft and the tree
5COCAINE: CO(carbon monoxide - poisonous gas),CAIN(original kille),E
6EDACITY: IT in (DECAY)*
7COMPOS MENTIS: loved this clue - definition is ALL THERE, so it's IS under MEN in COMPOST
10PITTER-PATTER: or PITA PATTER
15ANDALUSIA: AND(accompanying),A,LUSITANIA(doomed liner) missing TAN,I
17TENANCY: TE (outside of THE) then NANCY
18our down omission, likely given away by the enumeration
19PUN,JAB,I
20LACONIC: CON(party) in LAIC
22PINTO: NIP reversed then TO
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