Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 07/09/13

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Saturday’s puzzle...

Across

1 What birds do in state of nervous excitement (7)

5 Make-up mother used to cover a blemish (7)

9 Place, occupation and rank of officer (11)

10 Fellow from the homeland (3)

11 It enables motorist to look back (7-6)

14 Last seaside town? (6)

16 Woolly bleating that’s material (8)

18 Grass behind Rover? (4-4)

19 In Valletta pet is rabbit from Brazil (6)

21 High churchman to indicate direction (8,5)

24 Shocking swimmer? (3)

25 Pursuit of legal action for group of people going round the bend (11)

26 Take another for partner for better or for worse (7)

27 Quickly reaching new city in Lancashire (7)

Down

1 Double pen (4)

2 Greatly affect corral in town (5)

3 Ice cream containing all Italian fruits (5-6)

4 Rotten having put wrong card in (6)

5 Figure with interwoven letters has record weight (8)

6 Express for example (3)

7 Blame raid, troublesome but praiseworthy (9)

8 Dear Luke ie coming from the city (4,6)

12 Intrigued at remarkable lack of warm and friendly feeling (11)

13 Appeal occurred ie disastrous (3,2,5)

15 Sweet dancing fairy (9)

17 Moving around adroitly but tending to delay (8)

20 Maintenance at stronghold mounting in advance (6)

22 Dance turn (5)

23 Author not known amongst canons (4)

25 Two I leave the normal amount (3)

Friday’s solutions

Across: 1 Volatile, 5 Scoped, 10 Readmit, 11 Emblems, 12 Adore, 13 Libertine, 14 Official secret, 17 Charge the earth, 21 Brasserie, 23 Ovate, 24 Abducts, 25 Imagine, 26 Dunoon, 27 Asbestos.

Down: 1 Verbal, 2 Lead off, 3 Tampering, 4 Little interest, 6 Caber, 7 Premier, 8 Desserts, 9 Herbal remedies, 15 Elaborate, 16 Scabbard, 18 Abandon, 19 Tsarist, 20 Tepees, 22 Socko.

Last week’s solutions

Across: 1 Semi-detached, 8 Handful, 9 Murrain, 11 Mail, 12 Mettlesome, 14 Seldom, 15 Inspired, 17 Rehashed, 19 Unison, 22 Simplistic, 23 Levi, 25 Torture, 26 Publish, 27 Unilaterally.

Down: 1 Sundial, 2 Miff, 3 Dolmen, 4 Tempting, 5 Correspond, 6 Enamour, 7 Chemistry set, 10 No end in sight, 13 Fossil fuel, 16 Reassert, 18 Home run, 20 Specify, 21 Kipper, 24 Abel

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