Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 01/05/13

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Wednesday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Advocate to support single set of books (9)

6 Danny but not Ann had been nourished in Wales once (5)

9 It isn’t all that it appears to be (7,8)

10 Indiscreet remark boss nearly made (5)

11 In turn, egg scrambled with biscuit! (6,3)

12 Mum repeatedly put cap in middle for holy leader (7)

13 One not in a hurry had waddle round to the right (7)

15 Ran in a vehicle initially travelling in blissful place (7)

17 Said country these days or for period of thousand years (7)

18 About to take off in long business suit (9)

20 Less than half the smelling-salts produced round of applause (5)

22 A claimant nearly diverted passage (10,5)

23 Number had a meal, say (5)

24 Manipulated so readily having played the king (9)

DOWN

1 Spike helps to keep Ron going (5)

2 Having left race not having any chance of success (3,2,3,7)

3 Odd to include box or band (9)

4 Dateless dialogue rewritten for funeral orations (7)

5 Clawed? (7)

6 As before utilise duck (5)

7 Not a fiercely competitive place in the Pacific (8,7)

8 Made unpalatable under date that had been rewritten (9)

12 It flies on map Noel crumpled (9)

14 Sudden fancies I almost call fantastic (9)

16 One flying in from Granada via Torremolinos (7)

17 Undoubtedly free from obstruction before second half of July (7)

19 Negotiate with minister (5)

21 I was in the van although nothing at the start had been greased (5)

Tuesday’s solution

Across: 1 Racecard, 5 Amuses, 9 Retrains, 10 Strafe, 12 Sleeve, 13 End up, 16 Crowns, 17 Contract, 20 Retreats, 21 Retook, 23 Backs, 25 Tennis, 28 Aprons, 29 Love game, 20 Droves, 31 Ceramics.

Down: 1 Rory, 2 City, 3 Challenge, 4 Runner, 6 Metre, 7 Snapdragon, 8 Sweepstake, 11 Tenon, 14 Scoreboard, 15 Monte Carlo, 18 The cinema, 19 State, 22 In zone, 24 Sense, 26 Maxi, 27 Nets.

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