Solution No. 2720

Across

1 Fish, after short time, seen in coarse seaweed (6)

4 A bad-tempered moment reportedly caused by puzzle (8)

9 Coup d’état commits church (6)

10 Jam in pupil’s first book! (8)

12 Right answer grasped by terribly flash Dutch painter (5,4)

13 Odds nevertheless shortened (5)

14 But in Scotland, case is good for a group of political advisers (7,7)

18 After a long period of time, head for a London landmark (10,4)

20 Write a critique on broadcasted variety show (5)

22 Form of religious observance in state capital, curtailed (9)

24 King boarding vessel results in a bold headline (8)

25 Coming out of restaurant, writer crosses street (6)

26 One acted surreptitiously to get story (8)

27 Medical Officer got up and down (6)

Down

1 What an informant may do is endless? (3,3)

2 A ninth ale ordered for boy! (9)

3 Spot tailless insect (5)

5 Check on topless joint overlooking place of worship in a New Zealand city (12)

6 Lowly position for the rest of the natives? (6,3)

7 Crisply brief, language used after beginning to taxi (5)

8 A wood preservative Rose applied in shelter (8)

11 The Channel Tunnel consortium had to to stay solvent (4,4,4)

15 US president in uniform, also, after summit in Cairo (9)

16 Deputy, without feeling, wrote off (6,3)

17 First-class fare? (8)

19 Feed with heavy food (but there’s duck for daughter!) (6)

21 Poetry from overseas (5)

23 Friend, a fighter by ring (5)

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