Solution No. 2764

Across

1 Corresponding with uncle, say (8)

5 Spoil one married couple (6)

10 Barge carrying less weight (7)

11 Soldiers beheaded and left in hollow in surrounded area (7)

12 Former examiner, reportedly in old government office (9)

13 Slow speech, live, shown after tie (5)

14 Failed attempt on hill in English resort town (13)

17 Shambles follows quickly after interval (4,9)

21 What’s as good as a mile? Wrong (5)

22 Braggart has look round inside crude mud hut (9)

24 Stately vehicle coming from church with a flourish (7)

25 Wise guy in clink, now, allegedly (4-3)

26 Female leaving small party with rest (6)

27 Social outcast, before ‘L’ in concise dictionary (8)

Down

1 Help whistle-blower to pen story (6)

2 Sound of US soldier in boozer (7)

3 Name of book lieutenant raised during match (5)

4 Simulation: learner driver put through it — rarity value worked (7,7)

6 Precocious little girl’s taken in about one, a nut (9)

7 Resolute, a worker crossing barrier (7)

8 One within about to chuck wine (8)

9 A stone’s throw from the joint that’s on the verge of the indecent (4,3,7)

15 Use the Circle Line, perhaps — go round wearing this? (4,5)

16 Proceeds with loans (8)

18 I’m in favour, so pull a face (7)

19 Elevated man in grey suit pointing to destructive wave (7)

20 Bloke almost rented wooden villa (6)

23 Animal lows close to milkingtime (5)

© Guardian News and Media Ltd., 2013

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