Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 19/01/15

19/01/15
19/01/15
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Monday’s puzzle

ACROSS

1 Take Spring holiday, initially, on one’s own, so things stay as they are (5,4,5)

9 Turns to run back before a trial, taking time-out (7)

10 Actor managed excellent return to state ... (7)

11 ... and ran around politician with excellent force, in front of young hooligan ... (10)

12 ... and force large flat-fish to come apart (4)

14 Did old writer use a universal weapon? (6)

15 Cut out a figure, in name, and left one out, initially (8)

17 Padre cut up when taken prisoner (8)

19 Bad blood between man and woman (6)

22 Stopper left pick-up down under (4)

23 Fantastic musical work can be emotional (5,5)

25 Some wise men can head off small river-boats (7)

26 Might show understanding, with some qualification (7)

27 One odd pal coming out with old opera singer (7,7)

DOWN

1 Noble had opportunity to turn back top law officer (4,10)

2 Was a small mitre designed for a Greek goddess? (7)

3 Have more common sense about Spain; it’s irrelevant (10)

4 Some men sign on to fly the flag (6)

5 The French caught some seabirds in stages (8)

6 Did John make first spinning machine? (4)

7 Unaffected by genius or ignoramus to be honest (7)

8 It’s not hard to get (or lose), like money made and spent readily (4,4,4,2)

13 Designed a Roman suit for a health centre (10)

16 Did salesman get up by day, and then did it all over again? (7)

18 At risk of collapse in a colliery (7)

20 One had to bear up in Spanish or Portuguese location (7)

21 Get a new light for the backwoods (6)

24 Would a military alliance create endless obstacle? (4)