Solution No. 2764

Across

1 Corresponding with uncle, say (8)

5 Spoil one married couple (6)

10 Barge carrying less weight (7)

11 Soldiers beheaded and left in

hollow in surrounded area (7)

12 Former examiner, reportedly in

old government office (9)

13 Slow speech, live, shown after

tie (5)

14 Failed attempt on hill in English

resort town (13)

17 Shambles follows quickly after

interval (4,9)

21 What’s as good as a mile?

Wrong (5)

22 Braggart has look round inside

crude mud hut (9)

24 Stately vehicle coming from

church with a flourish (7)

25 Wise guy in clink, now,

allegedly (4-3)

26 Female leaving small party with

rest (6)

27 Social outcast, before ‘L’ in

concise dictionary (8)

Down

1 Help whistle-blower to pen

story (6)

2 Sound of US soldier in boozer (7)

3 Name of book lieutenant raised

during match (5)

4 Simulation: learner driver put

through it — rarity value

worked (7,7)

6 Precocious little girl’s taken in

about one, a nut (9)

7 Resolute, a worker crossing

barrier (7)

8 One within about to chuck

wine (8)

9 A stone’s throw from the joint

that’s on the verge of the

indecent (4,3,7)

15 Use the Circle Line, perhaps — go

round wearing this? (4,5)

16 Proceeds with loans (8)

18 I’m in favour, so pull a face (7)

19 Elevated man in grey suit pointing

to destructive wave (7)

20 Bloke almost rented wooden

villa (6)

23 Animal lows close to

milkingtime (5)