Cryptic Crossword #77

Across

American author producing book about predatory creature (3,5)
After lacking firmness, I had to be quite clear (6)
10 I can stew fruit without kitchen equipment (10)
11 Small bricks included among durable goods (4)
12 Asian people seen in Roman church (6)
14 Ignore cross (4,4)
15 Services for the common people (6)
16 Dark? Just the opposite (6)
19 Mission remembered to provide a hot meal (3,5)
21 First Lady left in New York with regularity (6)
23 Old French artist, almost retired (4)
24 A dearth of music somewhere in Arkansas (6,4)
26 Imprudent university - one going in contrary directions (6)
27 In poor visibility wood is wrongly distributed (8)

Down

Extravagant publicity for band somewhere in California (6)
Internet service provider captures western truant (4)
Dotty, Sue, Pearl, Joy (8)
A follower endures explosions (6)
Improve meal - or I eat nuts (10)
Family joining extremely genial audience for play (4,4)
Flight in Midwest with Batman accessory (6)
13 Slapstick item not right for sad picture (7,3)
15 A beast found in more than one wood (8)
17 Gratuitous indicators on top of screen (8)
18 Base for one of Shakespeare's comic characters (6)
20 Everything that is finally told or related (6)
22 Setting for a cello composition (6)
25 Dance that's authentic, so we hear (4)


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