Solution No. 2609

Across

1 Unduly led astray by star for so long (6-3)

6 Drank regularly round base (5)

9 It's more than likely this'll give you a good run for your money (4-2,9)

10 Sympathetic cheering (6)

11 Knife fight about cash register with one pound missing (8)

13 Lie in bed, poorly, not fit enough to eat (8)

14 The pair answer a South African politician (5)

17 Father embracing sapper, 22 (5)

18 A setter barking round end of rose bushes (3,5)

20 Spelunkers sheltering notice corpses (8)

22 Troublesome child, last to admit mistake (6)

24 Two articles about unseen spymaster in film (3,9,3)

25 Poor performer spending time with teacher (5)

26 Orchid exposed by peeress (5,4)

Down

1 Right in grip of hard depression (6)

2 One restricted by guns regulation (9)

3 Vindaloo and rice prepared for a famous painter (8,2,5)

4 Seabird's lost in gust (4)

5 Pedestrianise, to make progress easier? (4,3,3)

6 Ambiguous, like Sackville-West? (6-9)

7 Suggest a tip (5)

8 Abstemious count after support (8)

12 A cleansing process alien to Serbians (10)

15 Teacher confused about one mass, a peninsula (3,6)

16 Teacher courted a disaster (8)

19 Alcoholic drink, make unknown (6)

21 Boring type starts to discuss weatherman's early evening broadcast (5)

23 Cream plectrum? (4)