TBD 42 crossword

crossword

Across:

2: Transport device is temperamental; does strange chime mean it's working? (4,7)
7: Essence of mysterious oat. (3)
8: Do machine impression, giant robot! (9)
10: Rodent gets ahead in race by telling tales. (3)
11: Enslaved robot actor sings Christmas carols before massacre. (3)
13: Getting destructive – but it's only a game! (8)
15: Old carved letter. (4)
16: Fencing sword. (4)
17: Progressively lower in hospital. (8)
20: Peculiar map is in some small part electrical. (3)
23: Assistance. (3)
25: Virtually list crate as lifelike. (9)
26: On campus, spend Mort currency on corn snacks. (3)
27: Masked men to the rescue when villain cruelly pureés horse. (11)

Down:

1: Arts spin is put on celebrity astral body. (4)
2: The piper's son bangs a drum twice. (3-3)
3: 'State of functional activity and continual change peculiar to organised matter, and esp. to the portion of it constituting an animal or plant before death, animate existence, being alive'. (7,2,4)
4: Talk proudly and sound like bird – or mime? (4)
5: Stuck with that archaeology homework? Don't worry; Mr. Jones will be along shortly. (4)
6: Boldly lead dive in search of zombies. (4,4)
9: Hundredth scrap of cloth impaled on cliff. (4)
12: Word returns that there's a dark elf about. (4)
13: Sometime winged architect of the Labyrinth. (8)
14: Article is ship shape for a young man whose principal interests include violence and Beethoven. (4)
18: Amphibian monikered alien bait strangely went to a watery grave. (4)
19: Device helps musicians count time. (6)
21: Mercenary might support rugby team. (4)
22: Beautiful carnival. (4)
24: Persistent solitary precipitation might be a weakling. (4)