Across

1 But he won't build your house for nothing! (9)

5 Daughter, with countenance turned back, gets a drink (5)

8 Strange stance by railway shows lineage (8)

9 Notes a set of eight (6)

11 Passe engineers are unconventional (5)

12 Distance travelled by kite? 50? More, perhaps (9)

13 Socialist, easily excited, is strongly tipped to win (3,3)

14 Where craft may pass in the main (3,5)

16 A person beginning to suffer in a Togo location is feeling the lack of company (8)

18 Marine creature with strength, they say (6)

22 Where in France to set off a boat (9)

23 In the course of a trip engineers develop fully (5)

24 Large body of water without a trace of algae found within the borders of Europe in this geologic era (6)

25 How time sped, a month, in a church building (8)

26 Creep laterally, right or left, around lake (5)

27 Joyful outing following union (9)

Down

1 Food additive — a drop of vanilla in ground grain (7)

2 Old mate, summoned to court, was thrilled (7)

3 Qualification for a school teacher (6,2,7)

4 King hires exotic flier (6)

5 System of money used in cruel crime Candy busted (7,8)

6 Restrain careless speed within the outskirts of Charlestown (7)

7 They may be put out to test the waters (7)

10 A narrow passage everybody eyed (bar the editor) (5)

15 Greek character, old, excellent (5)

16 A creature of pride (7)

17 Observed to be on diet, caught slipping (7)

19 A rum pose struck by one in overall charge (7)

20 Weight extended by love in Tamil Nadu (4,3)

21 Rehearsal for a boring series (3,3)