Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 07/05/15

07/05/15
07/05/15
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Thursday’s puzzle

ACROSS

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1 I connect suites, being converted into seats (14)

9 Wonder about an enormous freak of nature (7)

10 Transcend the French spice concoction (7)

11 Could be involved in a plot, although retired (4)

12 Some writers may block return, getting over final verse (5)

13 Cut back on line for 19 across, or 28 down (4)

16 Regular officer involved in comprehensive 19 across (7)

17 Is well-turned-out, having to read over a couple of pages (6)

19 In short, one 24 down returned with chance to 28 down (6)

22 About to tell that another summing up will be needed (7)

25 Is some other chap seen in the recess? (4)

26,27,30 The winner takes it all in such a system (5-4-3-4)

31 One promised to be fully engaged (7)

32 Those who predict set store by gloom around one (14)

DOWN

1 Throw one’s hat in the ring to canvass for 24 down in 19 across (8)

2 Was an old lady eager to get some cotton cloth? (7)

3 Thank some volunteers for talk of leave-taking (2,2)

4 Work hard, with some spirit, through the chaos (7)

5 Was chosen to represent one of the 1 across (7)

6 Was quite indifferent to first candidate past his prime (4)

7 Check out review in study of survey (7)

8 Regenerate a part of the Alsace region (5)

14 Need workout from doctor, unfortunately (5)

15 Have enough room for small carriage (5)

18 May use ruses three times, but still falters in speech (8)

20 Find it hard to be strait-laced, plain and simple (7)

21 One may screw up, like a tornado in the US (7)

22 Felt sure, being additive free, it could turn out to be quite relaxing (7)

23 Applies to take an African party through customs (7)

24 Do have a bash at holding a get-together (5)

28 Do some devotees make the mark of the Cross? (4)

29 Company leave from north of the Border (4)