Solution No. 2656

Across

1 US cash misused, in the exact sense of the word (2,4)

4 Religious festival in Amalfi (established) (6)

8 Batting with dread after opener’s left out by mistake (2,5)

10 Dance with a good man with balance (7)

11 Cricketer’s answer to question fed if bails dislodged (4,5)

12 Willow, very large one approaching centre of Limerick (5)

13 Penny-pincher, clever to get in cheaper Hugo novel (3,10)

16 Gricer’s hobby evident in film (13)

20 Plus point of dog having no lead (5)

22 Stingy person’s close call (4,5)

23 Giant in goal hit out (7)

24 Lunatic fan facing trial (7)

25 Deal with Hungary, ultimately making a pact (6)

26 Key member given object (6)

Down

1 Plate turned up depicting beast (6)

2 Is place abroad memorable? (7)

3 Boy, going after girl, behaves (7,2)

5 One dimly lit? Not my house (5)

6 Dog leaps in, playfully (7)

7 Star taking chance after collapse of seat (8)

9 Inferior performer with puppet may get it in the neck (6,5)

10 Slug on ground? This moves at high speed (6,5)

14 Emerge carrying infant close to natural philosopher (9)

15 Respectable hand at cards (8)

17 Forgive a bishop’s crack (7)

18 Stern expert’s scowl (7)

19 Approved of a deadly sin (6)

21 A raising of glasses when drink’s passed round (5)