Across

1 Sword copper forged lasts (7)

5 I am retreating in the pink — scrubber's here! (6)

9 State group is disturbed (5)

10 In which one goes to the doctor (3,6)

11 Frequenter with dress for regular uses (7)

12 Bridge bid — hundred backing at rear end (2-5)

13 Column type (5)

14 Criminal who has no wife to lean on (9)

16 Follow an old coin — church item (9)

19 Attempts to bring back core of Essex cricketers (5)

21 Evasive and fishy (3-4)

23 No hard hour in France as one goes to a landmass (7)

24 No hen is involved in this scrap (9)

25 Cheer western band (5)

26 Purloined vestment worn finally (6)

27 Dare Ken in more disrobed form (7)

Down

1 Arrested while doing something wrong — the acct. apparently (6,2,3,3)

2 What an examinee might desire — not exactly! (4,3)

3 A good man with a nervous twitch is unstable (7)

4 Let slip control over old calculating device (5,4)

5 Political leader stunned only supporter (5)

6 Scholar tires replacing eminent conductors (7)

7 Ring one about copper having dental deposits (7)

8 Photographer goes after lion tamer — a presumptuous person (14)

15 More than satisfied about each number (9)

17 Wrong — if one learner were to leave, it's allowable (7)

18 Saint hides some information that's not pleasant (7)

19 Girl with a keen beginner in part of Borneo (7)

20 Escape in cabs don summoned (7)

22 Urge, say, almost disappeared (3,2)