Solution to puzzle 10678

Across

1 Grab some chicken…. (6)

4 …and put a bird on eggplant (8)

9 Iron maiden caught playing at short distance (6)

10 Arrived with joey at north country (8)

12 A guide to take one forcibly over a country (8)

13 Extra police to guide the members in an organisation (6)

15 Characters love state with too many abbreviations (8,4)

18 Count bars — it would make you conform to norms (4,8)

21 Package on vehicle not coming back (6)

22 Old trader put maid in an accommodation (8)

24 Put down in the book (8)

25 Look…without victory you will have nothing to eat (6)

26 Dumdum in the news (8)

27 Please finish and give attention (6)

Down

1 Invitation as back up help for new actor (8)

2 As he is related mostly to snakes, one lets go (8)

3 Dessert is cold — some use hot cola as substitute (9,6)

5 Open just a tad for an ex-minister to be elevated (4)

6 Yorkshire put one off…. calm down (4,4,5,2)

7 The dog died in the channel port (6)

8 Bird said to have fame (6)

11 Wine produced by outfit (7)

14 As an aristocrat she had reserves holding chemical weapon (7)

16 Oddly bomber came in a wave for dive (8)

17 Rudolph perhaps will keep control over growing grass (8)

19 Second vehicle, a black beetle (6)

20 Frequently it is acceptable for a girl to be spartan (6)

23 Part of a religious school (4)