Solution No. 2771

Across

1 Stronghold, one sacked in

former kingdom (6)

4 Sit down, weak, and tape

broadcast (4,1,3)

9 Husband presented with

new Omega out of

respect (6)

10 Mean to pen article on river

fish (8)

12 Sleep-inducing if caught by

tailless scorpion abroad (9)

13 Colour always sported by

chanteuse - Piaf? (5)

14 Medal winner, one on the

other side (8,5)

18 Blue equatorial waters

here (2,3,8)

20 Knock over raised

object (5)

22 Poverty - end is seen after

a struggle (9)

24 Aunt Sally, for example,

a legitimate target for

ridicule? (4,4)

25 Pollute narrow pass (6)

26 Extracting pounds from

sport (8)

27 Climb a trail (6)

Down

1 Tending to stick together -

unnaturally, he voices (8)

2 What a judge may do with

number appearing for

trial (3,2)

3 Aggressive young drunk

shot a lot with Luger (5,4)

5 Cynical notes about

highs (12)

6 Game failing to start in

county town (5)

7 Father in French capital

wants us raised

together (4,5)

8 Approach place to get

buttonhole (6)

11 Commend a fine novel

turned into a film (2,4,3,3)

15 Greek character sheltered

outside place with a

monkey puzzle (5,4)

16 Sundials? They’ve been

around for years! (3-6)

17 Easiest (I suspect) in my

opinion (2,1,3,2)

19 Ridiculous talk over a wife

makes one laugh loudly (6)

21 Poke one with end of first

finger, perhaps (5)

23 Pick of Renaissance

literature (5)

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