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First grid I've done without auto-fill, though I did have to resort to a word finder. Next month's will be all my own work!

Grid33

Across
1   Make pastry for Spooner to serve caviar (4,3,3,5)  
9   Don't choose me: after the first of November I'll be in extreme confinement (3,2)  
10  Don't ignore the day Poe got drunk (3,4,2)  
11  Make chips faster: put King Edward in top half of oven (150C) with acceptable cover (9)  
12  Consecutive passes a first for Maradona (5)  
13  Call back to get a measure of modem performance (4)  
15  Where there's a shell-like hearing the exact words (8)  
18  Listen to Aussie rocker (8)  
19  Bridge from Thames to the West, high and fair (4)  
22  High country is GE-free at first (5)  
24  Acceptable truce on vacant, marginal ground (9)  
26  Outside dilapidated cabin is where Samoans stay fit (9)  
27  Leaders of imperial delegation rendered impotent since Elba (5)  
28  Roger owes Kate a French movie (3,5,7)  

Down    
1   Rome, lacking conclusion from senate, is without direction (6)  
2   Opposing direction of a ruthless, wicked denomination (9)  
3   It's pushed up by one bar, keeping fit after work (5)  
4   To the average American girl, perhaps insinuates highest price (3,6)  
5   Austrian economist finds agreement in part of China (5)  
6   Moving Dalek with cord (like a rope) attached to head (9)  
7   Nude gymnastics after university are inappropriate (5)  
8   Bird droppings picked up in Devonshire park (6)  
14  Poem about the setter is in a couple of small books (9)  
16  Letters from Democrat rep on emancipation could give you syphilis (9)  
17  Interference in programme (mostly dance) may hold up gala (5,4)  
20  Bottom line, is Penny up for it? (6)  
21  It's a party on a boat for the secret police (6)  
23  Tax the church, stupid! (5)  
24  Biro at the ready, recorded volume of boxes (5)  
25  One of those quarterback Johnnies, loser of Superbowl I, who fought in Angola (5)  
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    $\begingroup$ (The answer shouldn't be put in the question. I have added the image to the answer; thank you VERY much for providing it!) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 11 '18 at 8:37
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COMPLETED!

(Solution grid graciously provided by OP.)

 

Across

1 Make pastry for Spooner to serve caviar (4,3,3,5)

ROLL OUT THE DOUGH   Dole out the roe (spooner)

9 Don't choose me: after the first of November I'll be in extreme confinement (3,2)

NOT IT   N_ + OT(I)T — OTT is a British abbrev for Over The Top
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan, @M Oehm for explaining OTT

10 Don't ignore the day Poe got drunk (3,4,2)

PAY HEED TO   (THE DAY POE)*

11 Make chips faster: put King Edward in top half of oven (150C) with acceptable cover (9)

OVERCLOCK   OV_(ER)+CL + O(C)K

12 Consecutive passes a first for Maradona (5)

DIEGOddef. ; DIE and GO are ways to "pass", consecutively — Diego Maradona
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan for construction

13 Call back to get a measure of modem performance (4)

BAUD   A inside DUB<

15 Where there's a shell-like hearing the exact words (8)

LITTORAL   Literal (hom.)

18 Listen to Aussie rocker (8)

OSBOURNE   Ozzie (hom.)

19 Bridge from Thames to the West, high and fair (4)

KOPU   (UP+OK)< — the Kopu Bridge in Thames, NZ (which even goes west from Thames)!
        — thanks @M Oehm for the correct word

22 High country is GE-free at first (5)

RIDGE   RID + GE

24 Acceptable truce on vacant, marginal ground (9)

CROMULENT   (TRUCE ON M(argina)L)* — "vacant" MARGINAL; "ground" is anagrind
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan

26 Outside dilapidated cabin is where Samoans stay fit (9)

FANCIABLE   FA(CABIN*)LE — def. is "fit"; a fale is a house or building in Samoa

27 Leaders of imperial delegation rendered impotent since Elba (5)

IDRIS   I_ D_ R_ I_ S_ — Idris Elba, actor

28 Roger owes Kate a French movie (3,5,7)

THE FORCE AWAKENS   (OWES KATE A FRENCH)* — "Roger" is anagrind (a UK thing?)
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan

Down

1 Rome, lacking conclusion from senate, is without direction (6)

RANDOM   ROME lacking (senat)E → “R and OM” (reverse wordplay)

2 Opposing direction of a ruthless, wicked denomination (9)

LUTHERANS   (A RUTHLESS)* and change S→N

3 It's pushed up by one bar, keeping fit after work (5)

OPTIC   "fit" (TIC) after "work" (OP). — def.: optic: British trademark:
              A device fastened to the neck of an inverted bottle for measuring out spirits.

        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan for answer, @M Oehm for construction

4 To the average American girl, perhaps insinuates highest price (3,6)

TOP DOLLAR   TO (DOLL) PAR — American girl (DOLL) insinuated into...

5 Austrian economist finds agreement in part of China (5)

HAYEK   H(AYE)K — Friedrich Hayek, Austrian economist

6 Moving Dalek with cord (like a rope) attached to head (9)

DREADLOCK   (DALEK CORD)*

7 Nude gymnastics after university are inappropriate (5)

UNDUE   U + (NUDE)*

8 Bird droppings picked up in Devonshire park (6)

HOOPOE   H(POO<)OE — def. is "Bird"; Hoe Park is a place in Plymouth, in Devon

14 Poem about the setter is in a couple of small books (9)

DUODECIMO   DU(ODE + C + IM)O — "about" is c. (circa); "setter is" is I'm.
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan for CIM construction

16 Letters from Democrat rep on emancipation could give you syphillis (9)

TREPONEMA   Democrat rep on emancipation

17 Interference in programme (mostly dance) may hold up gala (5,4)

APPLE TREE   APP(LET)REE is "programme" (APP) + "mostly dance" (REE-l)
              — Let is, as in tennis, interference on a play, and
                Gala is a variety of apple
        — thanks @M Oehm for the word guess

20 Bottom line, is Penny up for it? (6)

PROFIT   P + FOR< + IT

21 It's a party on a boat for the secret police (6)

STASIS   (ITSA)* "on a boat" (inside SS) — def. from Stasi, formerly secret police in E.Germany
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan

23 Tax the church, stupid! (5)

DUNCE   DUN + C.E.

24 Biro at the ready, recorded volume of boxes (5)

CUBICddef.; CUE BIC (hom.)         — thanks @Gareth McCaughan

25 One of those quarterback Johnnies, loser of Superbowl I, who fought in Angola (5)

UNITA   UNITAS loses (first of) S(uperbowl) — Johnny Unitas, a quarterback
        — thanks @Gareth McCaughan for the word guess

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    $\begingroup$ 6d is ~LOCK not ~KNOT. 14dn CIM is c. (about) + I'm. I think 1d is "R and OM". 9a is NOT IT (N + I in OTT). 24 is CUBIC (BIC after homophone of CUE). 28a is THE FORCE AWAKENS ("owes Kate a French" is getting rogered). 24a is CROMULENT (TRUCE ON + M(argina)L, "ground"). 21d is, I suppose, STASI'S (ITSA* in SS). 12a is DIE + GO, both meaning "pass". $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 10 '18 at 16:38
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    $\begingroup$ I bet 25a is UNITA but I don't understand the wordplay yet. I bet 3d is OPTIC but I don't understand the wordplay yet (and I'm not confident I understand the definition either). Still puzzled by 17s and 19a. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 10 '18 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ OPTIC is TIC (a nervous fiit) after OP (work). $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Feb 10 '18 at 19:05
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    $\begingroup$ 17 must be APPLE TREE ("may hold up Gala", a sort of apple), but I can't work out the wordplay. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Feb 10 '18 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ @MOehm Ah yes, should have seen "fit" (though to me a tic and a fit are quite different things, as different as a slap and a fight or a shelf and a library). Still not 100% convinced by the definition part either. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 10 '18 at 21:24

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