Solution No 2777

Across

1 One excluded old theologian connected with a Mount, oddly (3,3,3)

8 One held captive round Mount after end of speech (7)

10 Personal assistant’s to take home one Christmas cake (9)

11 Rushes jobs (7)

12 High, the Parisian church tower with spire (7)

13 Saw ghost floating across rear of theatre in pantomime? (5,4)

15 One involved in pantomime turn again? (4,11)

17 Checks in chess? Aunt confused (9)

20 Hypocrisy at a choral work (7)

22 A soldier shown round small house of a native American (7)

23 Instrument, unusual in one regard (4,5)

24 University stopping dissertations in ancient Greek (7)

25 Previously ending in Alsace, then Lorraine, strangely (7,2)

Down

1 Short operation on model’s face (6)

2 Fellow on essential Nativity play animal? (6)

3 Behave in a troublesome way at college after play (3,2)

4 Shoehorning hose away in an attitude of smug superiority (2,4,4,5)

5 No one’s about to chastise unstable Catholic king in play (3,5,2,5)

6 Object from cracker daily found on hearth, oddly (5,3)

7 Swing he composed, with bit of ragtime thrown in? (8)

9 Social worker after cloth, one with stripes (8)

14 Ballet in middle of Christmas week, an excess (4,4)

15 Revulsion shown by DI, say, about latest of assaults (8)

16 Hears a CD prepared for Christmas party game? (8)

18 Fixture in stable causing male irritation (6)

19 Priest reportedly shot playing billiards (6)

21 Girl I lament over (5)