Across

1 Soldier given order at start of operation (8)

5 Rise when clubs close (6)

9 Dog, adult one about to be put on tight lead (8)

10 Picture producer, one leaving America in disguise (6)

12 Rush round with enthusiasm (5)

13 Verbal attack made by bishop on verge (9)

14 Ride, a bit drunk, on bypass (5-2-5)

18 Novel metaphor Otto translated (4,2,3,3)

21 Old lady, right to attend county game with traveller (5,4)

23 Measure mountain range (5)

24 Unemotional, head of technology in firm (6)

25 Emblem of Christ, possibly 500 guineas (5,3)

26 Read my novel, it’s wonderful (6)

27 Beer brewed by agreeable girl (8)

Down

1 Cleaner, for example, put up rate (6)

2 Sullen and ill-tempered detective grabbing ring (6)

3 Legendary beauty devilish man adored (9)

4 Helping to support French composer? No second thought required (12)

6 Son, with difficulty, finds a broken piece of pottery (5)

7 Retired American after English warrant (8)

8 Unproductive results in blind alleys (4,4)

11 Go-go dancing with Bowie that is encapsulating old style of music (6-6)

15 The origin of a problem, so acute or otherwise (4,5)

16 Professional shot wide, we hear, and swore (8)

17 Golfing group, perhaps in favour of fee, by the sound of it (8)

19 Three consecutive letters from a spiritual leader? (6)

20 Whole convent I renovated? Just a part (6)

22 Hatred coming from platform lacking leadership (5)

Keywords: Crossword