Compact crossword - The Scotsman 16/07/15

16/07/15

16/07/15

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Thursday’s puzzle

ACROSS

7 Soot (4)

8 An escape clause (8)

9 Mull over (5)

10 Enhance (7)

12 A secret agent (3)

13 Game-bird (9)

16 Frugal (9)

17 Work steadily (3)

19 Sparseness (7)

21 Unbending (5)

23 A kind of plover (8)

24 Hiatus (4)

DOWN

1 Unseemly (8)

2 Sharpen (5)

3 Cunning (3)

4 Proficient (9)

5 A pot-herb (7)

6 Pleased (4)

11 Compulsory (9)

14 Easily deceived (8)

15 Call up (from the dead) (7)

18 Pitch (5)

20 Maintain (4)

22 Take to the air (3)

Wednesday’s solution

Across: 1 Danish blue, 7 Racquet, 8 Incur, 10 Neat, 11 Buzzword, 13 Enjoin, 15 Friend, 17 Exposure, 18 Ugli, 21 Later, 22 Ikebana, 23 Crown green.

Down: 1 Dacha, 2 Nous, 3 Set out, 4 Blizzard, 5 Up close, 6 Orange peel, 9 Red admiral, 12 Airscrew, 14 Jupiter, 16 Trying, 19 Grain, 20 Mere.

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