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ACROSS

 1 Plane is hard to fly (6)

 5 Sigh! Cards retrieved from California cesspool (4)

 8 Sounds of a lawn game beside an English port (8)

 9 Bennie’s partner is publicly defended, at least in part (5)

10 Group of addicts surrounding messy pen—this makes it difficult to sweep (5)

11 Green foot results from fixing leak (4)

13 One of the deadly wins in Nevada, briefly broadcast (4)

15 Zen parable: storing rice on the outside, like a jar in the 1950s (6)

17 Southwestern seed scattered for people with funnish neighbors (6)

21 Sip for an artist from an Italian river near endless sea (4)

22 What you might have to take when finishing a glass, once, in the morning (4)

23 It’s somewhere between heaven and, well, a dance (5)

24 Seeing Rod, I speed (5)

25 It might be seceding from Hawaii’s first transportation company (8)

26 Herb’s chin (4)

27 A succession of nites, beginning Monday with blood-curdling yodel (6)

DOWN

 1 Disturbance when pickup fails to start on us (6)

 2 Bare-‘eaded, we ‘ear, ‘e carried the world on ‘is shoulders (5)

 3 Alphabetical list of where 5 Across are found, they say (5)

 4 Show contempt about Alaska shoe (7)

 5 According to someone struggling for breath, going topless (2,3)

 6 Taken aback in Dresden—no, Cologne (6)

 7 Fix two health clubs (4)

12 Exhibiting animosity? It’s back in solitary confinement (7)

14 Meany’s confused: he always agrees (3-3)

16 Strip crown from dental coating with fork, that is (6)

18 Society girl: “That thing is a shortcoming” (5)

19 Danger! Lip-reader’s half-crazed (5)

20 Full of stewed dates (5)

21 Fruit is almost round (4)

SOLUTION TO PUZZLE NO. 3353

ACROSS 1 COMPOS(MEN)T + IS 10 PUB + E + SCENT 11 thre[a]t anag. 12 anag. 13 THE O.C. + RACY 14 2 defs. 15 A + CUTE + ANGLE 19 anag. 21 rev. 24 P(A RAM + O)UNT 26 E-POX-Y 27 G + [q]UILT 28 anag. 29 letter bank

DOWN 2 OR(BIT)AL 3 PA’S TRY 4 2 defs. 5 ENTR(EAT)ED (tender anag.) 6 TU(RNCOA)T (narco anag.) 7 SHE + BANG 8 2 defs. 9 S(T)AY 16 CARB + UNCLE 17 EMPT(Y)ING (pigment anag.) 18 anag. 20 TERM + MITE 22 “Lyin’ Eyes” 23 HERO(N)S (shore anag.) 24 P(E.G.)S 25 hidden