Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 16/12/13

16/12/13

16/12/13

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Monday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Meet in pincer movement, to turn the other cheek (12)

8 Is about to go second, with interest (7)

9 Let down by dandy, taking in England right-back (7)

11 Start to march over new site of old battlefield (4)

12 Fights hard with one person, initially, in a man-of-war (10)

14 Strengthen runner in front of an enclosure (6)

15 Was girl’s school in disarray? (8)

17 Agonised over wrong turn by left-winger ... (8)

19 ... and another, by the end, took me back to recover (6)

22 Can Peter get me out with moderation? (10)

23 Started, but managed to refuse (4)

25 Might be inactive by day, or worker will have time to to finish (7)

26 Notwithstanding, find a sandbank in the river (7)

27 Teeing off in garden, taking a turn for the worse (12)

DOWN

1 Concentrated on popular numbers, at the end (7)

2 Drink for Italian runner at the right time (4)

3 Trouble-maker, in fact, was after a scallywag (6)

4 Get one new piece of information, point by point (2,6)

5 Setter once cooked up some steaks (10)

6 Leading cavalryman charged at speed, but was vanquished (7)

7 Priest with little energy mulled things over, as arranged (12)

10 Tried to get specialist to take on one group of workers to tidy up (12)

13 US group are having to tune up, to get recompense (10)

16 Respond top banter in lively exchange (8)

18 Is about to get son, in addition, to show contrition (7)

20 Taking home to Europe service in good order (7)

21 Did a 3 down lead one to a place in the New World? (6)

24 Use some plastic cups for sparkling wine (4)

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