Cryptic crossword - 07/08/15 The Scotsman

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Friday’s puzzle

ACROSS

1 Certificate given to leading trainee by ambassador, say (8)

5 Nag Mum madly to get champagne (6)

10 Fantasy that may ring a bell with gunners (7)

11 Took control with gravity when acted as ruler (7)

12 Officer, in brief, fired over EU matter (5)

13 Thermal appliance that may injure consumer (3,6)

14 Charm’s the very thing that’ll get you in (8,6)

17 I had to swear I’m not much of a linguist (6,2,6)

21 He gives people jobs in great dole transformation (9)

23 Hale person gives way to sick one (5)

24 Claim Mersey inhabitants should get stuck in (7)

25 Rather stained, unfortunately (7)

26 A whale of a joke? (6)

27 Become aware of report on what you can do with population figures (8)

DOWN

1 Easy to manage at home when motorway is closed (6)

2 Award for value secured (5,2)

3 Capsizes open vessels (9)

4 Where to put the picture in a big deal (1,7,6)

6 Breakable father removed during alert (5)

7 Midday raid announced on glacial outpost (7)

8 Middle-of-the-road position’s dear to me (8)

9 Newspaper editor on magazine is in a hurry (7,3,4)

15 Leans on suggestion of visionaries (9)

16 Sheep he met on road to Caithness town (8)

18 All come running to get fungicide (7)

19 Force is very cheap (7)

20 Stared fixedly at ways of earning a living (6)

22 Stuff oneself with Cheddar, perhaps (5)