Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 19/04/2014

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Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Start to feel discouraged, fail to win a card (4,5)

6 Writer had some feedback, Old English (5)

9 So amazed one cannot speak (2,1,4,3,5)

10 Note Ulster police going inside during armistice (5)

11 Quick-shooting hit, I’d strike with force (5-4)

12 Mountain covered possibly about beginning of day (7)

13 Stated meaning of word had been described accurately (7)

15 Many before second half of summer found starch (7)

17 Correct, correct if you only use part (7)

18 Certain in the long grass to have recoiled (9)

20 One not yet in the majority (5)

22 Insect that lives in the wood? (9,6)

23 Bonnie’s partner’s a banker (5)

24 Washing lines (9)

DOWN

1 Jumped from petal (5)

2 Freestanding monument in New York? (6,2,7)

3 Move hoard over this on Colorado River (6,3)

4 Horse that’s out of place, of course (4-3)

5 Flocked round torpedo (7)

6 Moistened with early morning moisture going up and down (5)

7 Alien priest in government! (7,8)

8 Teas ready cooked for end of fast (6,3)

12 Poor sci-fi representation is hypnotic (9)

14 Cosmetic farce came round (4,5)

16 About to suspect fieldwork (7)

17 Communist leader or pretty girl perhaps (7)

19 Join one in France accepting article (5)

21 What to wear during this rehearsal? (5)

Friday’s solution

Across: 1 Typecast, 5 Acidic, 10 Fellini, 11 Plays to, 12 Orang, 13 Early days, 14 Lewis and Harris, 17 Took holy orders, 21 Peep shows, 23 Obama, 24 Abstain, 25 One-time, 26 Deters, 27 Escargot.

Down: 1 Teflon, 2 Palpate, 3 Clingfish, 4 Smiles all round, 6 Clary, 7 Despair, 8 Crossest, 9 A parade of shops, 15 Andromeda, 16 Stoppard, 18 Overset, 19 Reading, 20 Parent, 22 Starr.

Last week’s solution

Across: 1 Take the long view, 9 Indorse, 10 Thus far, 11 Kukri, 12 Succeeded, 13 Nonagon, 14 Lorelei, 16 Notepad, 19 Pre-wash, 21 Sanatoria, 23 Adieu, 24 Exurbia, 25 Oxidate, 26 The back of beyond.

Down: 1 Think on one’s feet, 2 Kidskin, 3 Turning up, 4 Emerson, 5 Optical, 6 Gauze, 7 Infidel, 8 World without end, 15 Re-examine, 17 Tonsure, 18 Dorhawk, 19 Play-off, 20 Agitato, 22 Tibia.