Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 20/03/14

20/03/14

20/03/14

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Thursday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Press, etc, managed to get some references (8)

5 About to run across favourite floor covering (6)

9 Linked up with other clubs, in association (2,6)

10 American left the big top with the French band (6)

12 Hang around in a language school in Germany (6)

13 Would any number take on many in battle? (5)

16 Regretted taking in derelict (6)

17 Kate acted poorly, lacking energy, so was criticised (8)

20 Records attempt to create a wall hanging (8)

21 Brief outline taken from a newspaper cutting (6)

23 After church, I’m expecting first set of bells (5)

25 Started to get round writer before first two editions ... (6)

28 ... while popular child got round, as a whole (2,4)

29 Guarantee to admit European club may be a bit risky (8)

30 Induced trance by delicious beverage (6)

31 Greek character got back in step to receive a degree (8)

DOWN

1 On track to get some trailers (4)

2 Disconnected part of a gasolene engine (4)

3 Former Underground workers took on a group of inspectors (9)

4 After opening time, Barnaby had a long hard walk ahead of him (6)

6 Is something wrong with a teacher? (5)

7 They lead the field in cardiac devices (10)

8 Must end up with one; it’s remarkable (10)

11 Have little time for ceremony, a bit out of date (5)

14 Need to defend one operating for his own safety (10)

15 To list one MP’s organisation in charge would be naive (10)

18 Understand capture of suspect (9)

19 Did Black Rod have to get round children? (5)

22 A pupil has no right to be less productive (6)

24 A special edition printed in time for the next race (5)

26 He had to abandon Trojan queen in a state (4)

27 May have to surrender, through legal precedent (4)

Wednesday’s solution

Across: 1 Puff, 3 Initiative, 10 On one’s own, 11 Tulle, 12 Estop, 13 Denarius, 15 Tea tray, 17 Yellowy, 19 Overdue, 21 Reserve, 22 Oddballs, 24 Egret, 27 Hyena, 28 Getting on, 29 With the job, 30 Sync.

Down: 1 Protection, 2 Flout, 4 Noonday, 5 Tenancy, 6 Astir, 7 Ill-humour, 8 Even, 9 Tempered, 14 Hypertonic, 16 Amendment, 18 Listeria, 20 Eclogue, 21 Risotto, 23 Blast, 25 Rugby, 26 Show.

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