Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 20/12/13

20/12/13

20/12/13

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Friday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Cold shoulders suffered about naked skin at first (7)

5 Racing break in position of winding gear, perhaps (3,4)

9 When love is lost, crabbit expression is seen on the outside (7)

10 Remains enigmatic in discussion group (7)

11 I’d go clean crazy to be intent on racial massacre (9)

12 A-team get medal - it’s not open to argument (5)

13 Arrangement imputes I’m not included in return (5)

15 Handled oar flat out like a bird (9)

16 Gave up expectation of seeing society couple go into action (9)

18 Hang out and spread around leaderless (5)

21 Thoughts left out of principles (5)

22 Ode on pups composed and rubber stamped (9)

24 Cause extreme fury with aromatic smoke (7)

26 They say your old dictator was on B vitamin (7)

27 Alternative given to bridge across feature of Death Valley (7)

28 Got up without seeing a very large decorative screen (7)

DOWN

1 Gives up playing for team and then joins it again? (7)

2 Nothing in Londoner’s hairstyle suggests nobility (7)

3 Outspoken pronouncement about foreign currency (5)

4 Pay over the odds in laying out of near ten pounds (5,1,7,2)

5 Nuisance to put pressure on deutschmark or reserve rupee with grinding efficiency (6,3,6)

6 Boy up at American university (3)

7 More spicy flavour in North African city (7)

8 Flustered, I dry map of ancient tomb (7)

12 Plant louse in heap, hidden deep (5)

14 Begs to hear flattery (5)

16 Liaised irregularly with most influential newspapers (7)

17 Clients plan to employ cut-out lettering (7)

19 Thought it was obviously put on (7)

20 Aims to imbibe gin cocktail during denouements (7)

23 Look into story of gold taken by monk (5)

25 Fly bite (3)

Thursday’s solution

Across: 1 Make allowances, 9 Canasta, 10 Luggage, 11 Opposition, 12 Pure, 14 Annual, 15 Beriberi, 17 Especial, 19 Celtic, 22 Vary, 23 Attraction, 25 Nutcase, 26 Traduce, 27 Man in the street.

Down: 1 Microwave ovens, 2 Kingpin, 3 Assistance, 4 Lean-to, 5 Welcomes, 6 Nigh, 7 Erasure, 8 Benefit concert, 13 Disenchant, 16 Maltreat, 18 Paratha, 20 Tribune, 21 Writhe, 24 Bari.

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