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ACROSS

 1 Famous artwork has legs on top (4,6)

 6 “Bound to go downhill!” (pessimist’s starting point) (4)

 9 Legally protect Gothic novel involving endless material for funeral (9)

10 Expels American in overtime, at completion of pass (5)

11 Require improved ax, etc. (5)

12 A government agent ferociously hits Emma Goldman, perhaps (9)

13 Charles returns with amazing deals from neighborhood clearance (4,4)

15 Beginning to load Borders’ shelves (6)

17 Tipsy cheapskate has a soul (6)

18 Federal bureau to launch prison section (5,3)

21 Organized labor splits fruit with victim of global warming (5,4)

22 Heavy metal piece (vinyl, originally): “Inside a Zero” (5)

24 Leftover fried rice contains a bit of lemon (5)

25 Raise initial grade of review in maths, for example (9)

26 Stalk nine from Queens in retreat (4)

27 Adult male’s preceding adolescent, grabbing game and tropical fruit (10)

DOWN

 1 Church leaders are implicated in suspicious sexual activity (7)

 2 Old photograph found within Milanese piano (5)

 3 10 down, drunk and extremely high (13)

 4 Twisted plaits framing Pippi Longstocking, ultimately! (8)

 5 Catch parent in a mix-up (6)

 7 Surprisingly, Nobel Peace Prize winner is more prone to smooching? (9)

 8 Typeset Asimov excerpt for money, once (7)

10 3 scattered locations for music (9,4)

14 Incorrectly label your color (5,4)

16 Providing more weapons to back Chinese dynasty (8)

17 Scroll to see father cooking syrup (7)

19 Former mobile device’s image on traffic sign? (7)

20 Rabies outbreak in the country (6)

23 501 ad, say (5)

SOLUTION TO PUZZLE NO. 3365

ACROSS 1 AD + VAN + CEMENT 9 ACTIN (anag.) + GOUT 10 T +  ROLL 11 anag. 12 C(H)AT 13 RU(SKI)N 14 FEE + BLEST 18 LI(GAME)NT 20 O(NED)GE (rev.) 23 anag. 24 CH(RON)ICLE + D 26 TU + TEE 27 RES[t] + PONDER 28 anag.

DOWN 1 AN + TAR(E)S (star anag., &lit.) 2 VA + N(DALI’S)M 3 NEO (anag.) + CON 4 EN(TITI)ES (seen anag.) 5 [h]EATS 6 anag. 7 PAST + ORAL 8 S(L)IT 15 anag. 16 THE(ODOR)E 17 INCH + [l]ARGE 19 GENE + TIC 21 pun 22 CO(US)IN 23 init. letters 25 [h]SELF (rev.)