Across
1 TRISTRAM SHANDY - SMART (trendy) + S(h)IRT (garment not hard) reversed, + HANDY (convenient). 
9 AUDITORIA - A + [A1 (top) + ROD (staff) + U(niversity) reversed], around IT (new technology).
10 CAMEO - CAME + O, i.e. "came to nothing", failed to materialise.
11 SUCRE - (cruise)* minus the I. Capital of Bolivia.
12 PICKING AT - PIC (film) + KING (sovereign) + AT (attending).
13 ORDNANCE - OR (men) + DANCE (ball) around N(et).
15 WARDEN - Churchill's bunker might be described as a "WAR DEN".
17 TRAMPS - TRAPS (carriages) around M(iles).
19 WIND DOWN - WIND (breeze) + DOWN (coming from the north).
22 TARDINESS - TAR (crewman) + DINES (eats) + S(upper).
23 BOTHA - BOOTH (i.e. John Wilkes, president's killer), minus the middle letter, + A. P. W. Botha, former South African PM and later State President.
24 ORION - ON around RIO (location in Brazil).
25 SWEAR WORD - DROWS(y) (wanting to sleep, reversed, mostly), around WEAR (clothes). 
26 INTERMITTENTLY - TERMIT(e) (colonist, minus an E) inside INTENTLY (with determination).

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Down
1 TRANSPORTATION - ART (paintings) reversed + [SPORT (display) inside NATION (community)].
2 INDUCED - IN (elected) + DUCE (leader) + D(emocrat).
3 TUTEE - TU (French for you) + TEE (support).
4 AIRSPACE - PAIRS (twos, with first letter at the end) + ACE (skilful pilot).
5 STANCE - hidden in "sacristan ceremoniously".
6 ARCHIBALD - A + CH (companion) inside RIBALD (blue).
7 DAMAGED - DAD (old man) around (game)*.
8 CONTINENTAL DAY - CON (study) + (Latin and yet)*.
14 APPLIANCE - A + P (quiet) + PL(ace) + IN + CE (church), all around A.
16 MISSPELT - MISS (teacher) + PELT (career).
18 ARRAIGN - sounds like "a reign".
20 OUTPOST - OUT (unpopular) + POST (job).
21 JETSAM - J(ack) + (mates)*.
23 BARGE - double definition.

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