Solution no. 2775

Across

1 Scotsman, doctor, describing

his masculinity (8)

5 Affected, American college

grounds (6)

10 Blessing given by one disciple

on mountain (7)

11 Imposing, a state capital (7)

12 Excited holding data about

earnest biblical

combatants (5,3,7)

13 Profession out East for one into

social welfare? (5)

14 Bit of magic involving a

bowler? (3,5)

17 Vaudeville star left judge in

bawdy saloon (2,6)

19 A clipped English accent (5)

21 A military display? Darn — it

ought to be abandoned (9,6)

23 Artist has no reason, at first, to

sound surprised (7)

24 Pirate captain has unusual

pipes (7)

25 End of May, too soon for

annual (6)

26 Something added or

removed? (8)

Down

1 Novel, second by detective (4,4)

2 Waterway crossing state from

cape in Florida (9)

3 Mole in team close to

dictator (7)

4 Tom, Dick, or Harry entertains

them, juggling (3,2,3,6)

6 Bony, a maltreated langur (7)

7 Finished last of frittata, Italian

food (5)

8 Bandage top half of head after

whack (6)

9 Taken unawares before the

dance became popular (6,2,3,3)

15 Curry favour with eccentric

queen, perhaps (5,4)

16 Senator confused by

instrument (5,3)

18 The M25, say — what’s said

about small section? (7)

19 Sailor only gets shellfish (7)

20 Margin of safety in course of

action supporting Confederate

general (6)

22 Tailless wading bird, unknown

on a Balearic island (5)