Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman - 13/03/14

13/03/14
13/03/14
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Thurday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Looks for valuable minerals, with a chance of success (9)

6 Speculate about one getting into place (5)

9 To have a good route ruined is a scandal (7)

10 When about to leave state, one man may hold forth (7)

11 To live with an old flame is daft, in the end (5)

12 Gathered together, and finished on a high (7,2)

13 Put some graduates in charge of elementary computer language (5)

14 Did Peter run over to get a thrill? (9)

17 Glorifies the best one, with core reserve, aboard ship (9)

19 Would a short thank you note show sensitivity? (5)

21 Carried off a little one tipped for success, of course (9)

24 Have a strong desire to get through post-grad degree double quick (5)

26 Refresh drink at a transport hub (7)

27 Embarrass one getting bonus after first night working (7)

28 A bit of an act is perceived, we hear, at some stage (5)

29 Hard to carry one off; he is part of a ruling elite (9)

DOWN

1 Present one inclined to be lying flat (5)

2 Gets the better of broadcast comedians (7)

3 Exercise, without energy, but get along in the real world (9)

4 Disheartened team got little vocal support from the fans (9)

5 Would a holy man be sorry for a heartless Hindu? (5)

6 Paid to have expert who measured up (5)

7 What are the odds on a new father unloading the first machine-gun? (7)

8 Watch over, to issue a 23 down (9)

13 A good person had a go over critical remarks (9)

15 Live in front of new church in 22 down (9)

16 Paint over Goa to get a different area altogether (9)

18 At last, rose up to give one’s backing (7)

20 Ring her up, after she got a coat (7)

22 Compose a small ;piece of blank verse at home (5)

23 Girl’s left expedition to take cover (5)

25 Miller, colloquially, had an obligation to bear a son (5)

Wednesday’s solution

Across: 1 By the way, 5 Borsch, 10 Leastwise, 11 Tutor, 12 Ennoble, 13 Ripcord, 14 Waterbus, 17 Snout, 19 Round, 21 Enslaved, 24 Sherbet, 25 Treacle, 27 Agent, 28 Overboard, 29 Rotary, 30 Spectral.

Down: 1 Bullet, 2 Train, 3 Entebbe, 4 Alike, 6 Octopus, 7 Sotto Voce, 8 Heredity, 9 Neurosis, 15 Amusement, 16 Breath of, 18 Fresh air, 20 Debater, 22 Acerbic, 23 Kendal, 25 Twerp, 26 Chair.