Solution No. 2595

Across

1 Behind everybody, in spite of any indications to the contrary (5,3)

5 Animal in mountain pasture, a cat with no tail (6)

10 It holds writer back being cack-handed (5)

11 Musical instrument broken by priest in US city (9)

12 Retreat from mostly horrific conflict, finally (7)

13 Worker abroad getting financial support (7)

14 Mere hobby bringing one a return on investment (6,8)

18 Fish in a canal - smolt, possibly, around end of August (8,6)

20 Fish, shad, missing head and tail (7)

22 French resort, on western end of estuary, is very good (4,3)

24 Daughter's marriage in amorous play (9)

25 Principal eastern US state (5)

26 One regarded as mad in northern state (6)

27 Knee lost? Could be in this set of bones (8)

Down

1 Land on fire (6)

2 Dreamt about problem with exercise machine (9)

3 Proportion kept by corporation (5)

4 A lot enjoy article on Victorian novelist (4,3,7)

6 Zest shown by former PM supporting the French on Monday (5,4)

7 Nazi shot bearing down on old Allied landing site (5)

8 Deserter, a Pole, put away (8)

9 Order, on board - hold and slacken three sheets in the wind (3,5,2,4)

15 Pieman Tom transformed Christmas show (9)

16 Friedman, say, comes in to broadcast (9)

17 Murderer, casing outhouse, seized an advantage (6,2)

19 Cut off by northern river (6)

21 Duke left out pottery (5)

23 Beast of burden arrived, then left (5)