Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 12/10/2013

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Saturday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Job’s near foreign assembly in Bulgaria (8)

5 To practise reheat cooked food (4,2)

10 Only small compartment for its driver (7)

11 Tanks having water and fresh air (7)

12 Ancient tribe found it pronouncedly icy in east coming back (5)

13 Slimming learner abandoned when putting on weight (9)

14 Make haste in order to survive (3,3,4,4)

17 Valiant knight from France (5,9)

21 Male bird that did not survive a nursery rhyme (4,5)

23 First person’s feature in expression of mild disagreement (2,3)

24 Communication lines (7)

25 Drink, trap to make hissing sound (3-4)

26 Member to finish story (6)

27 Make about four new and original (8)

DOWN

1 Talks taking place at the highest level (6)

2 Also held by dandy is narrow ribbon (7)

3 Sly animal coming from the ocean (6,3)

4 Posts created for associates indicating sexual discrimination? (4,3,3,4)

6 Entertain Australian, one of a group of nine (5)

7 Man had one drink (7)

8 Theatre fan replaced grey opal (8)

9 Signal an advert ordering these crisps (4,3,7)

15 During rehearsal a man came from Spanish city (9)

16 Ghostly Sal crept round (8)

18 Leaving a lasting impression (7)

19 The merit I included from retired titleholders (7)

20 Said drinks, the Parisian concluded, came from the plant (6)

22 Argument over an arboreal plant (5)

Yesterday’s solution: 1 A call of nature, 10 Learn best, 11 Algae, 12 Virtual, 13 Blissed, 14 Libido, 16 Hedgerow, 18 Nearctic, 20 Red rag, 23 Landaus, 24 Uneaten, 26 Sting, 27 Crossbill, 28 Tear a strip off.

Down: 2 Chair, 3 Languid, 4 O’Neill, 5 Notables, 6 Teasing, 7 Registrar, 8 A-level English, 9 Let down gently, 15 Bearnaise, 17 Dissects, 19 Charger, 21 Evens up, 22 Rumour, 25 Thief.

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Threepenny, 9 Arch, 10 At the crack, 11 Of dawn, 12 Ashen, 15 Hooch, 18 Rumba, 19 Include, 20 V-neck, 21 Sinai, 22 Elevate, 23 Amber, 24 Taste, 26 Sever, 29 Ernest, 31 At all times, 32 Item, 33 Federation.

Down: 2 Hutu, 3 Echoic, 4 Pucka, 5 Neath, 6 Yukon, 7 Great minds, 8 Think alike, 13 Secrete, 14 Emulate, 15 Have a bee in, 16 One’s bonnet, 17 Hiker, 18 Reset, 25 Adrift, 26 Staff, 27 Viand, 28 Ruler, 30 Memo.

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