Solution No. 2761

Across

1 A bishop’s sermon is

profound (8)

5 Field event record set by

American (6)

9 Prepare to fire at ducks and a

parrot (8)

10 Dominating woman in house

hiding key (6)

12 Gentleman’s gentleman

mislaying article at end of

dance (5)

13 Horror novel: males butchered

in opening (6,3)

14 Seen reaching out for Internet

facility (6,6)

18 Flog dish, potty, and basin in

place lacking privacy (8,4)

21 Having a litre in bar is

common (9)

23 Man in Bible, one backing

church (5)

24 A place where event is held in

broad road (6)

25 Simone’s dishevelled after

party game (8)

26 Sample taken from plant by

botanist, ultimately (6)

27 Contemporary, a top duet in

variety (2-2-4)

Down

1 Capone’s chap in corner (6)

2 Head of state, in a hostile

manner, leaves Mediterranean

island (6)

3 Meat dish — best fare, possibly,

around centre of Bologna (5,4)

4 Transvestite annoyed actor’s

assistant in the theatre (5-7)

6 Nothing seen in one obscure

turn of phrase (5)

7 Take tea with ordinary

clergyman (8)

8 Fielder, not long a

member (5,3)

11 What may be clearly listed in an

ABC Food Guide? (8,4)

15 We come in barking about ten,

in a state (3,6)

16 A vegetable in, for example,

good plot close to quickset (8)

17 Stupid sort of crossword that

nobody can solve? (8)

19 Girl ringing about ring (6)

20 Henry in class, modest (6)

22 A pleasantly appealing French

accent (5)