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Solution #9 by Foo

Format: cryptic-GB
Language: gb en-GB 
Culture: au AU  gb GB 
Difficulty: 3

1 C 2 W 3 F 4 M 5 U 6 S 7 C 8 E
9 L E A G U E O F N A T I O N S
A N R T K U T C
10 M I D D L E M A N 11 D I T C H
U O O O I O E
12 P R 13 O D U C T 14 W H O K N E W
C G N W A
15 B A T C H E 16 D 17 S U 18 B S O I L
L O O O O
19 O U T S 20 W I M 21 P E O P L E 22 S
G H A E A K U
23 G R O S S 24 S E T T L E 25 F O R
E R A T H I A T
26 R E P U B L I C O F C H I N A
S E I C S E N X
ACROSS
9 Perhaps England v Australia in Rugby Union once? (6,2,7)
10 A fence? (9)
11 Start to dig long trench (5)
12 The result of quietly turning little cottage into house (7)
14 I'm surprised and I'm relieved about acceptable end to situation (3,4)
15 First two of the first five arranged in groups (7)
17 Underground material replaces fossil fuel (7)
19 Loudly reveals impulse to move faster (7)
21,26 Extravagant price of peace with bull in shop - here? (7,8,2,5)
23 Good Friends' character is coarse (5)
24 Make do with rejected soft material in place of rough covers (6,3)
26 See 21a
DOWN
1 A rat won't, lacking guts, call up cat (4,2)
2 Stick network drive on top (4)
3 Vacation down by the lake (8)
4 Drum up flier (6)
5 More than one X-Factor expert turning up in the news in America (8)
6 Honeymoon apartment? (6)
7 German a bit naughty in bathrooms, backpacking (6,4)
8 Rejection of key cut by gangster (8)
13 Difficult to cope, god's hidden a sign (10)
15 9 gone in green goblin's gambol, possible targets of trolls (8)
16 Crumpled Times in dwarf's home (8)
18 Crawlers to denounce Malaysian city on drug (8)
20 Condiment that -t pungent? (6)
21 The way software has emotion (6)
22 More to pay for instrument around old city square (6)
25 Eager enthusiast setter's inspired (4)