Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman, 01/08/13

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Thursday’s puzzle...

Across

8 Current clergyman may be faithful, to be exact (8)

9 Girl took on boy to toughen him up (6)

10 Did senior officer run into trap set by old standard-bearer? (6)

11 Within reason, can make the latest thing pay (8)

12 Is singer appearing in a musical tonight? (4)

13 Frees up rent for one who sticks his oar in (10)

15 For apostle to take in force could be distressing (7)

17 A parish priest had relaxed time to 11 across (7)

20 Open up, to increase speed, in advance (10)

22 Boasted about those on board, in the main (4)

24 Appreciates a top painter exhibits, in the end (8)

26 After the last drops, behaves theatrically (6)

27 Trace germ at the heart of the matter (6)

28 Applies to tear up nets (8)

DOWN

1 Prepare to instruct college about discipline (6)

2 Decline to go below, and refuse to listen (4,4)

3 Finally, half small measure near the end (4,6)

4 Allows me to get strip designed (7)

5 Comb through discarded racing programme (4)

6 Peace-keepers dedicated, but are out of line (6)

7 Associates consorts with Little Women (8)

14 About here, top Senator acts as spokesman (10)

16 Paced, etc, when about to be taken in (8)

18 Last to get near to be impounded (8)

19 Hears about 60 minutes, in short, if more rigorous (7)

21 Commission European runners with assignment (6)

23 Still have no time to schedule first episodes (6)

25 It’s dreadful to contend with lecturer (4)

Wednesday’s solution:

Across: 1 Baseball, 5 Tariff, 10 Admired, 11 Upsilon, 12 Tango, 13 Cellarman, 14 Globe artichoke, 17 Embryo transfer, 21 Moratoria, 23 Prune, 24 Crowdie, 25 Epistle, 26 Nettle, 27 Addendum.

Down: 1 Beauty, 2 Seminal, 3 Barrow boy, 4 Lady Chatterley, 6 At sea, 7 In limbo, 8 Financed, 9 Full steam ahead, 15 Cost price, 16 Pemmican, 18 Burn-out, 19 Erupted, 20 Redeem, 22 Tidal.