Across

1 Mischievous child in difficult situation (6)

4 Liqueur, Italian, knocked back by a girl (3,5)

9 Silk fabric matching it inside (6)

10 Stable one working horse (8)

12_ Look at first batsman, a revelation (3-6)

13 Greek character – he volunteers after short time (5)

14 Retrogade move giving support to protégé going on stage (8,4)

18 Expression up north a serf used (4,2,6)

21 Leader of expedition put down an antelope (5)

22 I approach home with sincere intentions (2,7)

24 Transfer diamonds in German city (4,4)

25 Muddled situation resulting from other ranks being admitted to service (6)

26 Set off to make famous college in time (8)

27 Lifted boa – constriction finally follows (6)

Down

1 Eyewitness parking, bishop in Sayers novel (6-2)

2 Pressure to keep two Frenchmen in business (8)

3 Drunk started smoking (3,2)

5 Not earning extra money from pursuit - charitable? (8-4)

6 Being deciduous, they have roots (4,5)

7 Added clause about a marauder (6)

8 One’s published yearly, the recorded events of twelve months around university (6)

11 Nine starting out, obstinately maintaining an attitude (12)

15 Relaxed in NI county after injury (5,4)

16 “Foul” - audible cry in game (8)

17 Nozzle is not spraying, so discard (8)

19 Stanislavsky’s acting technique course? (6)

20 Girl in car, greedy type (6)

23 Dig up the earth around small hen house (5)

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