Across

1The region of Italy which forms the "toe" of its geographical "boot" (8)
6___ Mill, a BBC television studio complex in Edgbaston, Birmingham, from 1971 to 2004 (6)
9In law, a joint heir to a property or an estate (10)
10A T-shaped cross with a loop above the horizontal bar, the symbol of life (4)
11Thomas ___ , English artist who painted the full-length portrait The Blue Boy in 1779 (12)
13The ___ , gang who opposed the Puerto Rican Sharks in the musical West Side Story (4)
14Courteously deferential and respectful (8)
17Clive ___ , inventor who produced the first slimline electronic pocket calculator in 1972 (8)
18American psychedelic rock band who recorded the 1967 album Forever Changes (4)
20Illustrator who became the inaugural British Children's Laureate in 1999 (7,5)
23A group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, home of the eponymous cable-stitch knitted sweater (4)
24An annual award given by UK's Crime Writers' Association since 1960 for the best crime novel of the year (4,6)
25English city, known as Isca Dumnoniorum under Roman rule (6)
26Hampshire village, the birthplace of pioneering naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White (8)

Down

2The smallest particle in an element which can take part in a chemical reaction (4)
3Any medicine, such as aspirin, that reduces pain without inducing unconsciousness (9)
4Shane ___ , actor who plays Alfie Moon in the TV soap opera EastEnders (6)
5Literally "a year of horrors", the term used by Queen Elizabeth II to refer to the royal misfortunes of 1992 (5,10)
6Historically, a licensed seller of papal indulgences (8)
7The ___ , children's comic which includes the characters Minnie the Minx and Billy Whizz (5)
8Body of water on whose shores the Swiss city of Lausanne lies (4,6)
12Athenian tragedy by Sophocles about the king of Thebes who killed his father Laius and married his mother Jocasta (7,3)
15A vocal exercise in which runs, scales, etc, are sung to the same syllable or syllables (9)
16Kim ___ , actress who played the Bond girl Domino Petachi in the film Never Say Never Again (8)
19A member of a north-eastern Germanic people who overran Gaul, Spain, and North Africa, and sacked Rome in 455 (6)
21A musical composition for nine performers (5)
22Small family hatchback car produced by Spanish manufacturers SEAT since 1998 (4)

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