Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 13/07/13

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Saturday’s puzzle...

Across

1 and 8 Where New Year’s Day comes before New Year’s Eve (12,5)

9 Brutes did become emotionally confused (9)

11 Dorothy had many an 8 across for part of email address (6)

12 Field that’s naturally attractive (8)

14 Nay, say, that’s funny! (10)

15 Cause for regret mostly false (4)

18 In the group a sequoia tree! (4)

19 Stuffy? (10)

21 Incompetent person using measuring rod (8)

23 Deceptively resembling a prefix (6)

25 Top up helpers in play (9)

26 Register a new stone (5)

27 Money box by the way (7,5)

DOWN

1 Places for audiences examination alternatively with first-class backing (9)

2 Strangely promenaded without me having been excused (8)

3 Maiden’s assistant? (4)

4 Alias agent adopted in English region (4,6)

5 Reptile found in Antigua naturally (6)

6 Religious man followed Newton in West Country town (5)

7 Snub polar bear (4-8)

10 Dot claimed revised mark (7,5)

13 Island in name of novel (7,3)

16 Food one from German city had? (9)

17 Not much of a rhyme (8)

20 Line of resistance inside meat (6)

22 Diminutive lady just beat father (5)

24 Much troubled friend (4)

Across: 1 Parodies, 5 Turnip, 10 Anaemic, 11 Interns, 12 Drips, 13 Cedarbird, 14 Develop insight, 17 Refuse a hearing, 21 Coincides, 23 Decor, 24 Slaters, 25 Wingers, 26 Siesta, 27 Truebred.

Down: 1 Plaids, 2 Realise, 3 Demisters, 4 Encyclopaedist, 6 Utter, 7 Nursing, 8 Postdate, 9 Mind like a sewer, 15 Stridence, 16 Crocuses, 18 Frigate, 19 Nuclear, 20 Prised, 22 Cheat.

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