Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 18/05/13

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Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Weaken, remove border (4,3,4,3)

9 Telephone permit for small band (7)

10 Lady Virginia found two lakes (7)

11 Plant’s mysterious war secrets (10)

12 Sailor kept in cellar (4)

14 Tiny reforms accommodating this Parisian’s subtle point (6)

15 Reportedly in favour of small group (8)

17 Said to be smoky place on the east coast (8)

19 Obscure retreat Eve had for vein (6)

22 Sprightly sprite did not start (4)

23 Adapting an ill-bred animal (5,5)

25 Sprouting catkin hiding square nail (7)

26 Account from former wife clearly visible (7)

27 Rate at which storm arrives? (9,5)

DOWN

1 Having a fling in politics? (8,1,5)

2 Cattle have nervous reaction due to motion (7)

3 Oriental to redeploy allowance (10)

4 It was wrong to gain by violence (6)

5 Split in the army (8)

6 Girl gets up during ballet-dancing (4)

7 Go long way with artist first in medley (7)

8 Light-headed? Weak-minded (7-7)

13 Ian’s ripped fancy trousers (10)

16 Awful stinker, about 100, was affected (8)

18 Bud and I run over land (7)

20 Arundel affected by system of holding land (7)

21 In fun, see nothing hidden (6)

24 Run for the line (4)

Friday’s solution

Across: 1 Begotten, 5 Ghetto, 9 Lambaste, 10 Accent, 12 Assail, 13 Spite, 16 Rapier, 17 Warplane, 20 Tick-tack, 21 Severe, 23 Idles, 25 Ordeal, 28 Import, 29 Fiftieth, 30 Steppe, 31 Decrepit.

Down: 1 and 2 Ball game, 3 Transient, 4 Extras, 6 Hacks, 7 The citadel, 8 On the level, 11 Glean, 14 Gratuities, 15 Apocalypse, 18 Poetaster, 19 and 22 Act on advice, 24 and 26 Scrap heap, 27 What.

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