Solution No. 2685

Across

1 Something attractive, foremost of gardens captured by French painter (6)

4 Operator needs a fresh start and to develop quickly (7)

9 Knife left in various places (7)

10 Allowed to hold outrageous dance (7)

11 No-hoper’s not as far away once leader’s fallen (5)

12 The British government will, Heath worried (9)

13 Novelist’s Tory lord - he’s cracked cases put into words (7,1,6)

16 Louis and former PM in the joint (3,5,6)

20 On the sly, poured out gin and tonic, nothing more (9)

22 Soldier returning in vehicle points to smoke (5)

23 Manage to see fashion abroad (4,3)

24 Spotted entertaining ambassador and bishop in an unlicensed establishment (7)

25 Willpower about to crack (7)

26 Suspicious about new drink (6)

Down

1 Strength of beast of burden carrying spades about (6)

2 Good boy getting fourteen pounds from former PM (9)

3 Type of grass found in part of Pyrenees? Part of (7)

4 Large young lady’s shirt-like garment is wet (3,5,6)

5 Warm coastal district in Rhode Island, one crossed by girl (7)

6 Former partner on craft coming over more (5)

7 Unnecessary to pierce ends of sacs (8)

8 Expose a wrongdoing, as a referee will (4,3,7)

14 Holly’s one song that’s been popular for a long time (9)

15 What can make borders ultimately neater? (8)

17 Cat and dog injured during short demo (7)

18 Be hooked by new form of match play (7)

19 Attempt to secure object with it (6)

21 Savoury food in bars (5)

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