Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 12/05/14

12/05/14
12/05/14
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Monday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Well-suited to help oneself to some property (11)

9 Hanker after , months before the first of November (5)

10 Worried about idea in song (8)

12 Starting to get round writer , in good order (7)

13 It’s important to take me back in to a hospital department (7)

14 Transport the last canoe out of the harbour (5)

15 Can benefit, at the beginning, if it’s within reach (9)

18 Hand in conveyance, as concession (9)

20 Informed on leading light in the vernacular (5)

21 Manage to score, when up to the mark (7)

24 Fancy singer is hard to idolise (7)

25 Took in right and left in court to fight old battle (8)

26 Jack left a brilliant zircon. It’s a gas (5)

27 Bell hides me, when about to be decorated (11)

DOWN

2 Encloses one working in a French boarding-house (7)

3 Bring up a sentry to act as the last line of defence (9)

4 Check out priest, in short, with honour (5)

5 Sign on, at the beginning, to make one’s mark (7)

6 Is a subject for discussion suitable for others, by the end? (5)

7 Guess they hope to grow up with little sister (11)

8 Get too much, in order to assume control (4,4)

11 Props up buttresses with braces (11)

16 Is a court forced to get round to being extremely cruel? (9)

17 Carries over one, no good to show directions (8)

19 At one time, model engineers went to great lengths (7)

20 Apprehend young attendant, but can escape (7)

22 About to take a long march, initially, into territory (5)

23 It’s hard to lead a trainee, twice, to slaughter (5)