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No. 555 by Cyclops
£100 prize to the first correct solution opened on 11th September 2015.
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Across

1 Suave Clark about Boris's leader – "drivel!" (6)
5 Diana sexist (some would say)
with un-PC European hair (8)
9/21 Honour presenter who ballsed up pie-in-the-sky future for Manchester etc (8,10)
10 Gross bit of vagina Virginia got rid of before tabloid's backlash (6)
11/14 Formal response by HSBC, say, to misconduct allegations? This reveals all the ins and outs (4,9)
12/23 Cabinet minister with armed service crew and Tory chief support, which Boris apparently lacks (10,4)
13 Cheese-eater claiming sex could be sweet (6)
15 Hotel chain wants name – fast (7)
17 Grasses implicating Independent in legal charges? (7)
19 Strips Brenda second? (6)
21 See 9ac. 23 See 12ac. 24 Boozer's tax rejected, Brenda needing last drop of gin (6)
25 Like Hugh Grant: rather thick, goes down readily (8)
26 Sybarite's dodgy work with animals (8)
27 See 6dn.
Down

2 Green party's after one plain-spoken non-Latin (7)
3 It involves waxing a bit off knob's head (5)
4 Woman needs resistance with party member getting fresh all the time (9)
5 House's after-effects after Clegg finally kicked out (7)
6/27 Yes, Dave, "rien" negotiated – keep going! (5,3,3)
7 Who we'd like to be trashing Le Monde or kicking out Head of News Live (4,5)
8 Dynasty about to rise up between two extremes, which goes a long way in Ireland (7)
14 See 11ac. 16 Likely to axe, say, Olly, pocketing 500 euro roughly (9)
17 Coarse, disgraced entertainer, slipping "length", is covered with sheet (7)
18 Yielding question is, uh, about getting into Sally's skirts (7)
20 He scored, having Diana in one (7)
22 Rebekah on Dave's housing company (5)
23 Fanatical number two's place? (5)
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