Solution No. 2778

Across

1 Dance with former copper and seem clumsy (6-2)

5 Material’s marvellous, very amusing once abridged (6)

10 Very little fly found in tin (7)

11 Understanding of current things in variety (7)

12 Show deficit after end of trading (5)

13 Active at night? No? Go in around beginning of Lent (9)

14 Film makers run into trouble blocking those advising caution? (6,8)

17 Crony, architect, organised benefit show (7,7)

21 We do, after a struggle, accommodate writer (9)

23 Trouble after advertising Madrid gallery (5)

24 Stylish defence saving one heading towards trouble (2,3,2)

25 English PM suppressing ambassador’s nickname (7)

26 Go round Ayr and get lost (6)

27 Ratings cooked unknown

fish (8)

Down

1 Soldier who carries the Colours in? Gen’s

misleading (6)

2 Fried potato - a lot cooked, served with a sausage (9)

3 Hires Mark, disciple (5,2)

4 Unseen establishment figures, good inside foreign ministry? (Unseen mostly) (3,2,4,5)

6 Offensive, a sailor

reportedly (7)

7 Possessed girl, a daughter of King Lear (5)

8 Spurn girl initially, girl with a refined accent? (3-5)

9 Military manoeuvre - could it be the making of prince? (6,8)

15 Attention given to female in pub, incessant talker (9)

16 Heather following barge, glowering (8)

18 Be left at home with that girl, Italian (7)

19 Legend, suitable, I displayed in study (7)

20 Somebody deserving (6)

22 Give way in Grande ferry (5)