Solution No. 2789

Across

1 Song and dance, to a degree (6)

4 Beads scattered round the chapel (8)

10 Want adage to be selfevident (2,7,6)

11 Charge across river for bait (5)

12 Willing? Sounds like servant may be ideally suited (5-4)

13 Is nice try, though scrappy, in truth (9)

14 Old female, a music-hall singer (1’4)

15 Irritable, youth leader after trial (5)

17 Drink that may get one general drunk by end of evening (6,3)

19 The very same dialect in broadcast (9)

21 Some criminal lawyers taken together (2,3)

23 What may be required during play in new surroundings (6,2,7)

24 Small leaves used in cooking the Parisian rejected inside? Scarcely (8)

25 Loan shark certain to be seen in ancient city (6)

Down

1 Changing at the front, rowing crew in large bay (5)

2 Dope in an inferior position? (7)

3 Powerful guns, not well positioned in main road (9)

5 Sort of language used by heartless guy in resort (7,7)

6 Intoxicating froth on top of yours (5)

7 Go round with a child for a vegetable (7)

8 Total got from a boy standing in narrow opening (9)

9 Getting on coach for Roedean, say (8,6)

13 Synchronise men’s rehearsed moves (3,6)

14 Wisecracks concerning English passenger ships (3-6)

16 Czech composer in Vilnius met an accompanist (7)

18 Scholar enthralled by a true eccentric, a dabbler (7)

20 Adult wearing clothes, garments worn by ancient Romans (5)

22 Hen, perhaps, in film (5)