Solution No. 2789

Across

1 Song and dance, to a degree (6)

4 Beads scattered round the chapel (8)

10 Want adage to be selfevident (2,7,6)

11 Charge across river for bait (5)

12 Willing? Sounds like servant may be

ideally suited (5-4)

13 Is nice try, though scrappy, in truth (9)

14 Old female, a music-hall singer (1’4)

15 Irritable, youth leader after trial (5)

17 Drink that may get one general drunk by

end of evening (6,3)

19 The very same dialect in broadcast (9)

21 Some criminal lawyers taken

together (2,3)

23 What may be required during play in new

surroundings (6,2,7)

24 Small leaves used in cooking the Parisian

rejected inside? Scarcely (8)

25 Loan shark certain to be seen in ancient

city (6)

Down

1 Changing at the front, rowing crew in

large bay (5)

2 Dope in an inferior position? (7)

3 Powerful guns, not well positioned in

main road (9)

5 Sort of language used by heartless guy in

resort (7,7)

6 Intoxicating froth on top of yours (5)

7 Go round with a child for a vegetable (7)

8 Total got from a boy standing in narrow

opening (9)

9 Getting on coach for Roedean, say (8,6)

13 Synchronise men’s rehearsed moves (3,6)

14 Wisecracks concerning English passenger

ships (3-6)

16 Czech composer in Vilnius met an

accompanist (7)

18 Scholar enthralled by a true eccentric, a

dabbler (7)

20 Adult wearing clothes, garments worn by

ancient Romans (5)

22 Hen, perhaps, in film (5)