Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 11/01/14

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Saturday’s puzzle

ACROSS

1 Not able to make one’s mark at the election (15)

9 Exaggerate, so to speak, support for cables (5)

10 Pat’s into a different appetiser (9)

11 Not aware of what is happening while away from the office in the middle of the day (3,2,5)

12 Turned gas ring for pudding (4)

14 Took something that is recognised (8)

16 Shed a tear, no longer able to excuse oneself (3,3)

18 I will depart before time having procured by dishonest means (3-3)

19 In chapel even this late hour (8)

21 This field is usually underground (4)

22 Ancestor moving from port region (10)

25 Mars colourful body (3,6)

26 Scotsman turns nowadays into rover (5)

27 One picks up and removes litter (9-6)

DOWN

1 Tactful body for the most part can be found residing in another country (10,5)

2 Schism in Croatia (5)

3 Nine shortly work accepting mixture of materials from foolish person (10)

4 Our dear’s bothering motorist (4-4)

5 Warning when rink thaws (6)

6 Extremely heavy drill receives shrewd publicity (4)

7 City in Canada and Kansas too? Unlikely (9)

8 What speeding motorist going past safety camera might hope will be ignored (4,3,3,5)

13 Place of origin of article in southern French region (10)

15 Said almanac found in the Trossachs (9)

17 Frustrate hesitant wretch (8)

20 One of the defence cuts? (6)

23 Hat about to be brought up by circus performer (5)

24 Soft thick lump covers most of the material (4)

Friday’s solution

Across: 1 Tippets, 5 Pinetum, 9 Prattle, 10 Sallied, 11 Interrupt, 12 Souse, 13 Egret, 15 The Daleks, 16 Cleopatra, 18 Swish, 21 Zaire, 22 Earmarked, 24 Natasha, 26 Utopian, 27 Dieback, 28 Dosages.

Down: 1 Topside, 2 Praetor, 3 Enter, 4 Step up to the mark, 5 Pass the hat round, 6 Nil, 7 Tribute, 8 Midgets, 12 Spats, 14 Tepee, 16 Cozened, 17 Epistle, 19 Inkling, 20 Hidings, 23 Atoms, 25 Spa.