Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 09/08/13

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Friday’s puzzle...

Across

8 Obtainer of arrangement for singer (8)

9 Clairvoyant makes nothing clear — muddied, in fact (6)

10 Birmingham FC’s houses (6)

11 Punish men’s deviations (8)

12 Pull in leading heavy bruiser (4)

13 Stretching and leaning too dangerously (10)

15 Shocks with dubious aims (7)

17 Greek soldier has beer that goes easy on bitter flavouring (7)

20 Sociable King George returns with fury to face debts (10)

22 Arrow fired back at jazz genre (4)

24 Ask was it created as racist symbol? (8)

26 Slated, perhaps, while Joey got his dinner (6)

27 The French exam is most up-to-date (6)

28 Climate change to South enables growth of old man’s beard (8)

Down

1 Scotsman got second chance to join religious sect (6)

2 Heard to change colour over a record in conversation (8)

3 Drain chairman used to attract customers (4,6)

4 Ruin proudest royal possession (7)

5 Complain at being cut down, we hear (4)

6 Warning that perhaps Fingal’s turned back volunteers (6)

7 Policeman took apartment before joining infantry (8)

14 Misleadingly interpret star sign in lists of terms (10)

16 Give up announcing army uniform? (8)

18 Academic literature exam held by the shore (8)

19 King requires a meal of ham and corn (7)

21 Receive request in writing with seal (6)

23 It’s kind of acid to get a poor mark followed by mark of approval in report (6)

25 Failing to introduce the flora and fauna of region leaves just a tiny bit (4)

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Yesterday’s solutions:

Across: 1 Constables, 9 Crux, 10 Desiderata, 11 Relate, 12 Draft, 15 Gloss, 18 Alibi, 19 Polaris, 20 Liege, 21 Price, 22 Erasure, 23 Ailed, 24 Night, 26 Beset, 29 In a way, 31 Redeployed, 32 Eden, 33 Spearheads.

Down: 2 Open, 3 Stints, 4 Ahead, 5 Liana, 6 Start, 7 Organising, 8 Experiment, 13 Release, 14 Fortune, 15 Galvanised, 16 Overloaded, 17 Speed, 18 Aspen, 25 Intone, 26 Byres, 27 Sidle, 28 Taper, 30 Lead.