Solution No. 2745

Across

1 Show amusement about one as daft as a brush, say (6)

4 Convincing Roman Catholic to admit weakness? Just the opposite (8)

9 Old boy stretched, in shape (6)

10 Nonsense written in columns exposing clowns (8)

11 Goddess seen in play (5,8)

14 Eminent newspaper framed by the US actress, Myrna (5)

16 Sort of beer - not lagers, oddly (6,3)

17 Ivy, perhaps, always pale and sickly-looking (9)

19 From Soho, telephone the Savoy, perhaps (5)

20 Our host, hidden away, poured drinks (3,3,7)

23 Begin a journey in craft with sturdy exterior (5,3)

24 Trumpet playing drowned by cor anglais, initially (6)

25 Looks at head, uneasy in a visor (8)

26 Sculpted figure of Nehru finally acquired by nation (6)

Down

1 End bombardment with a delicate tennis stroke (4,6)

2 Fruit from Middle East – large ones? Not half! (5)

3 Girl soprano, Jenny, for example (7)

5 Peace offering from bachelor in 7 around 5 (5,6)

6 A Romany leader entering Irish county in a mobile home (7)

7 Outspoken actors in show (9)

8 Bridge player, poorest having lost pounds (4)

12 Dog’s plus point husband discovered during spring (6,5)

13 Property not supposed to be taken to car (4,6)

15 Pick up food for bird (9)

18 Attempt, with wife, to share expenses equally (2,5)

19 Spend time relaxing in lodge (4,3)

21 Worried about vessel (1-4)

22 Man, perhaps, in his Levi’s (4)

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