Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 16/02/15

16/02/15

16/02/15

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Monday’s puzzle

ACROSS

1 Withdraw brief outline as immaterial (8)

5 Keep time-line, in the event (6)

9 When drinking one’s health, a small gin tot was poured out (8)

10 Keep one informed when at college get-together (6)

11 Leave ring, replacing a line of work (8)

13 Strong little horse took a long time to show its mettle, we’re told (6)

14 and 21 Drum up a couple of girls in Cork (3-3)

16 Insist that some benefits are made mandatory (6)

19 Could shepherd arrange to gather group? (7)

20 A second attempt to get top actor was off target (6)

21 See 14 across

26 Lecturer had excellent way to take on small landowners (6)

27 Aspired to take one off to the Promised land (8)

28 For what purpose get 20 across into a light boat? (6)

29 Was Rosa paid off as part of a mass exodus? (8)

30 Tender-hearted little girl, in good order (6)

31 Relieved the mood, at the end, getting the last word (8)

DOWN

1 Gets busy, having to exploit a day of victory (6)

2 Look over a new club at one sitting (6)

3 Take turns to run round a gallery (6)

4 Won’t let accountant take new name to come back (6)

6 Holds pea up with a lily plant (8)

7 Rip off a violent young hooligan (8)

8 Happening to catch a fish, at the end of the day (8)

12 Might a small number of Poles excel round-the-clock? (7)

15 and 16 Could take 24 hours to get a distress signal (6)

17 Rolled around, when first watch gave the green light (8)

18 To walk all over an empty nest is a bit harsh (8)

19 Staff taking a risk force out senior civil servant (8)

22 Girl trailing after first mate showed resentment (6)

23 Have nothing to do with an old man’s drink (4,2)

24 Might a little girl leave an ancient city in spirit? (6)

25 Revolutionary embracing conflict gets his just deserts (6)

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