Compact crossword - The Scotsman 20/12/14

20/12/14
20/12/14
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Saturday’s puzzle

ACROSS

20/12/14

20/12/14

1 Boy holding old cargo (4)

3 Set forth argument for sterling using limited edition (10)

10 Finnish port someone from Istanbul found acceptable (5)

11 and 12 Welcome Tory rule as a way to make progress (4,2,3,5,9)

14 Writer in orient damaged utensil (3-6)

16 Accusation in glib eloquent fashion (5)

18 Piping that is instrumental? (5)

19 Said red triangular piece let into garment during operetta (9)

20 Might wearer get cold feet singularly playing this? (4-3-7)

24 Learner had one with the part that is flexible (9)

25 Sprang from petal (5)

26 Tell Elvis about copper entering this house with part of floor raised (5-5)

27 Do give me backing during march (4)

DOWN

1 Going round ancient city able to read and write books (10)

2 Can Roger, a stranger show conceitedness? (9)

4 Sage could be Irish (5)

5 Like better the colour that is more popular (9)

6 Until legible in new form, it is not clear (14)

7 Said in France to mean the same again (5)

8 Contest that is outstanding left (4)

9 Where I live is most congenial (4,2,2,6)

13 Rather briskly on the piano perhaps (10)

15 Very cold spot that is attractive (5,4)

17 A top bloke removing label (9)

21 Count ill-at-ease to a certain extent with till (5)

22 Assault a number of herons (5)

23 Positive advantage (4)