Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 12/02/14

12/02/14
12/02/14
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Wednesday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Nonsensical fishing smack? (10)

8 Some of the fair sex won me over (5)

9 Met an eccentric French painter (5)

10 One man or another going round loch (6)

11 Maintain that it obscured blemish (5)

13 Beautiful maiden with love? (6)

14 Meet cunning creature leading chase (3,4)

15 Make unknown spirit (6)

17 Island gathering of people (7)

20 At university, say, to the north in America (7)

22 Temporary quarters in Southern Ireland initially for some large prawns (6)

24 Wildly excited about improper fraction, nothing less (7)

26 Two males back another beast (6)

28 Underworld flower? (5)

30 First-class fish suffering (6)

31 Sideways but not starting in part of northwest London (3-2)

32 Quarter-pound (5)

33 Man giving advice confused young Lance (5,5)

DOWN

1 Commander alongside accepted vase he was acquiring (6,2)

2 Material study I am after (5)

3,4 and 25 How bird paid close attention to everything (7,4,1,4)

4 See 4

5 Spectator, does he never watch the off-side? (8)

6 Coming from Croydon, Austrian crossed German river (5)

7 One during period before Easter had an inclination (5)

8,18 and 19 Very close and at risk of being hit (6,8,8)

12 Tell in class (6)

16 A second wine to carry away (6)

18 See 8 down

19 See 8 down

21 Adjust receiver Hazel brought up before one in Bonn (4,2)

23 Talk of nothing, say, but large French country-house (7)

24 Transfer Ryan partly by river transport (5)

25 See 4

27 Doctor diseased mice, about 500 (5)

29 Round with information on melon (4)

Tuesday’s solution

Across: 1 Bottle of scotch, 9 Trained, 10 Upstage, 11 Hick, 12 Frisk, 13 Aten, 16 Respray, 17 Paltry, 19 Strobe, 22 Boredom, 25 Prep, 26 and 27 Crude salt, 30 Everest, 31 Country, 32 Make a case for it.

Down: 1 Butchers, 2 Trances, 3 Lank, 4 Orderly, 5 Soursop, 6 Oast, 7 Coal tar, 8 Seine, 14 Broom, 15 Alert, 18 Amethyst, 20 Theresa, 21 Erratic, 22 Bodachs, 23 Drafter, 24 Upset, 28 Peke, 29 Turf.