Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 07/08/13

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Wednesday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Wasn’t interested or able being slapdash (7,4,4)

9 Stamp on various letters delivered by him (7)

10 Don’t people have to enter for these games? (7)

11 Climber returned a sharp object (5)

12 Cricketer thanks celebrity from military unit (9)

13 Not all reverential fear first is daunting (7)

14 Plea used to resist attack (7)

16 Yet were damaging plant (3,4)

19 Yams Mel consumed with wine (7)

21 Bird giving angry account (9) ...

23 ... brave man having name for bird (5)

24 Is one Shakespearean backing middle Easterner? (7)

25 Art that’s new in Lyon (7)

26 Belonging to certain countries that are modern with usual riches (3-12)

Down

1 Force blood vessel, dramatic event follows (9,6)

2 Steal the show away from footlights (7)

3 Cheapen our behaviour (9)

4 Fit number first that can be retained (7)

5 Took as one’s own work that had been wrongly dated outside (7)

6 Not a hit from actor in film (5)

7 Feeling of eastern movement (7)

8 Oddly as it seems but not excessively (9,6)

15 All seats taken in game of poker (4,5)

17 Wilson’s line of timber (7)

18 Limiest sort of belief in concept of superiority (7)

19 Mile Ann travelled taking dark pigment (7)

20 Almost certain to be true but is bizarre (7)

22 In part artiste nominated US typist (5)

Yesterday’s solution

Across: 1 Rosebush, 5 Louped, 10 Panacea, 11 Iratest, 12 Creep, 13 Gap filler, 14 Reads the lesson, 17 Regular service, 21 Turned out, 23 Senor, 24 Hotpots, 25 Nervous, 26 Sister, 27 Helpmeet.

Down: 1 Repack, 2 Sincere, 3 Backpedal, 4 Slaughterhouse, 6 Okapi, 7 Pueblos, 8 Dethrone, 9 Simple sentence, 15 Eavesdrop, 16 Wretches, 18 Gyrates, 19 Condone, 20 Preset, 22 Elope.