Solution No. 2623

Across

1 Fancy cigars, ale and port (9)

6 Tighten one’s belt in spring, saving bit of money (5)

9 Evergreen delivered by singer, half cut, during a party (7)

10 Constant source of exasperation, rental arrangement (7)

11 What’s surprisingly great as a lachrymator? (4,3)

12 Dreadful emails about son at a loose end (7)

13 Wrote, as agreed (12)

16 Sending coaches, all but one, on expedition (12)

19 A grant secured by the Olympian (7)

20 Pick out one very much behindhand (7)

21 Everyone taking part in trial? Most unlikely (7)

23 A series under discussion (2,5)

24 Remain right inside, or wander off (5)

25 Sample tea, perhaps, a little at a time (9)

Down

1 Film vehicle entering at one (6)

2 Girl must catch high ball in international (6)

3 What there’s likely to be in a theatre in new surroundings? (6,2,7)

4 Hotel facility may give one opportunity to go over (4,7)

5 Novel, second by ambassador (3)

6 Railway engine crew’s crazy thinking following onset of storm (5,10)

7 Insinuation made by union worried about closure (8)

8 China developed ideas for a means of defence (8)

12 Two fools in centre of Ostend committing a murder (11)

14 Salt ain’t mistaken, it’s that lost island (8)

15 Single man, composer, put up part (8)

17 Film dog finding dope in railway siding (6)

18 Uncover most of red meat (6)

22 Spinner’s cap and sweater (3)