Solution to puzzle 10624

Across

1 Language of the man and his beer (6)

4 Few caught in panic (6)

9 Give away on stage, for the most part (4)

10 Copy, say, of Chennai locality with tea for bridge players (10)

11 Well beloved herder? (6)

12 Images of mostly epic books (8)

13 Galore of gallant takeovers (9)

15 Mistress of the French valet? (5)

16 Period of retrospective hope overwhelms hundred (5)

18 Watch wager for Batman, say (9)

22 Looking forward to defend worker (8)

23 Say no to garbage! (6)

25 Flexibility about one in silence (10)

26 King’s mate in

castle? (4)

27 Beheaded cat-like confusing movie (6)

28 Limited sex appeal in hunky-dory surroundings (6)

Down

1 Direct connection confused the lion? (7)

2 Lady from Belgium missing long intricate initials (5)

3 Fret about antidote missing one vitamin (3,4)

5 Gutter for son-less disfigured scullions (6)

6 Jesus Christ Superstar, for one, to sway in semi-open period (4,5)

7 Hold them in additional peaks (7)

8 Very funny parting around day in March, say (13)

14 Unfriendly stormy rain cloud (9)

17 Be careful of puritan’s book (7)

19 Decapitated British PM becomes an Asian (7)

20 Regular tours painful for silk producing moth (7)

21 Cocktail disheartened Italian poet (6)

24 At a distance, note language (5)