Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 16/08/13

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Friday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Are those who nab your parking spot playing the game? (5,8)

10 Reveal instruction for battle formation (4,5)

11 Heard to purchase motoring service recovery for travel without public transport (2,3)

12 Making a profit from craftwork (7)

13 Sing the praises of accountant with attempt to get tax rebate, perhaps (7)

14 Spend morning in flounder and starve (6)

16 Took action about strip that split off (8)

18 Left behind concerning one’s return to double (8)

20 Employ mother about Natural History, for example (6)

23 Old instrument put on fire, however (7)

24 Royal transport around region (7)

26 I moan about Miss Campbell (5)

27 Great help for puzzle in paper (9)

28 Restrain military intelligence with country’s strength of will (13)

DOWN

2 Fold left in bog (5)

3 I get in with old women and become pals (7)

4 If suitably dressed, I’d go in rainbow colour (6)

5 Brave Timothy translated word for word (8)

6 Disastrous failure of one coming out champion to embrace beginner (7)

7 Freely clear gent of not being quite a square (9)

8 Choosing a number that’s cheap (5,3,1,4)

9 Cheer men meted out with aromatic drink (5,2,6)

15 Nearest and dearest can be very stifling (4,5)

17 Chief cook and bottle washer with hesitation returned to headline data (8)

19 Medical clean-up of French newlywed (7)

21 Worthy in two directions (7)

22 Coded notes about learner are pinched (6)

25 Gala moment encapsulated battle (5)

Yesterday’s solutions

Across: 7 About, 8 Criterion, 10 Staged, 11 Capacity, 12 In flames, 13 Also, 15 Steward, 17 Leaflet, 20 Warn, 22 Pastures, 25 Intrigue, 26 Sudden, 27 Considers, 28 Track.

Down: 1 Obstinate, 2 Bungalow, 3 Process, 4 Stoppage, 5 Fracas, 6 Motto, 9 Adam, 14 Reference, 16 Renegade, 18 Founders, 19 Appears, 21 Arrest, 23 So-so, 24 Arrest.