Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 25/10/13

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Friday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Acrobatic move, perhaps, to provide scenery (8)

5 Made a pretence of leaving original in to be shredded (6)

10 The fins get entangled in what’s designed to catch them (7)

11 Remove restraints when returning components to peacekeepers (7)

12 Novel it elevated to cover superior status (5)

13 Come in, it’s just a stomach bug! (9)

14 Risk being run down to arrive at 4 (5,3,6)

17 The likes of David Garrick are the great man’s downfall (7,7)

21 Can our set be corrupted by

demi-mondaine? (9)

23 Adrenalin rush sailor received from drug-taking (5)

24 Rowed and caressed at the same time (7)

25 Oil able to be processed into flower (7)

26 Top up bank balance with good money-spinning (6)

27 This seat is prepared for non-believers (8)

Down

1 Cushion provided for old chap (6)

2 Dismiss one who takes money (7)

3 Plates etc — rinsed ten out (6,3)

4 Where the grass is greener when passed over (2,3,5,4)

6 Close relative revealed as failure (5)

7 Scots lass swore — so they say, that is (7)

8 Geological sediments built up in bank (8)

9 Born undersized, he was emaciated and allowed to come under fire (3,3,8)

15 Everyone on the desk can be taught (9)

16 It seems a fair deal that chimneys are more expensive (6,2)

18 Queen spreads around uncertainty concerning member of the royal household (7)

19 Preserves English doctor gives with money to the poor (7)

20 Violins introducing jazz on Sundays (6)

22 Understood as thanks from Scots in the know (5)

Yesterday’s solution:

Across: 1 Introduction, 9 Bawbees, 10 Prattle, 11 Cool, 12 Vague, 13 Soar, 16 Runs out, 17 Excuses, 18 Off-hand, 21 Cropper, 23 Bill, 24 Verse, 25 Stun, 28 Yielded, 29 Illness, 30 Spending cuts.

Down: 2 New town, 3 Reef, 4 Distant, 5 Capture, 6 Ivan, 7 Nations, 8 Heartstrings, 9 Backroom boys, 14 Total, 15 Scoop, 19 Falters, 20 Dreaded, 21 Cushion, 22 Patient, 26 Adze, 27 Bloc.

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