Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 24/02/15

24/02/15
24/02/15
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Tuesday’s puzzle

ACROSS

24/02/15

24/02/15

1 Got apps lined up as being useful in the meantime (7)

5 Teases one taken on at 17 (5)

11 Not easy to become a hit with directors and turn left, in effect (4,2,9)

12 Remove original tag from crevice – it’s a sign indicating pitch (4)

13, 14 Where vegetables, perhaps, may be found up a gum tree (2,3,4)

17 Person in charge detaining a nutcase (6)

18 Ambiguous saga takes a specific direction (7)

20 Claims everything is sides rather than middles (7)

22 Minor cut (6)

24 Sly creature that imitates sound of furry animals (4)

25 Shot from cannon or canon (5)

26 Live attempt to take last place (4)

29 Last appearance of the Stagecoach, for example, in WWI fighting zone (3,7,5)

30 Lithe performer in place where we find police dismissive (5)

31 Costers can make good companions on dates (7)

DOWN

2 Went sour with a decoy I was told behaved like Nelson (6,1,5,3)

3 They may be responsible for episode of carpet scratching (4)

4 Loses cares in poison (7)

6 The Arabic scholar came from Scotland (4)

7 Be desperately anxious at riot near house during eruption … (4,4,4,3)

8 … or is thatch on end due to this? (5)

9 Army hospital that is needed for golf sometimes (6)

10 Add tape to be altered and made suitable (7)

15 Dog doing its business? (5)

16 Wartime beverage I consumed on rug (5)

19 Mother’s like a butterfly though often duller – more like an elephant (7)

21 Talks a lot of places round the bend (6)

22 Surprising reasons for settling Spanish women (7)

23 Jokes about receiving last rites on planes (5)

27 Check over about something new that’s let out (4)

28 Hairstyle Alan found rather outrageous at first (4)