Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 26/12/13

26/12/13
26/12/13
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Thursday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Fancies expert writes about one cup match on Sunday (12)

8 Composer created first sonata in an orchard (5)

9 Gathers deep drugs are being developed (7,2)

11 Came across runner in charge of measuring system (6)

12 He turns up with a tip-top nurse before the Queen (8)

14 Last refuge for a scoundrel or a country-lover (10)

15 Impose ban on some who have tourist visas (4)

18 Running water flowing north into lakes, except at the start (4)

19 Speechless about new heroin, etc, being manufactured (10)

21 Strong vessel having to cope with adversity (8)

23 Change sides with one working to get a share (6)

25 Create formal sign for some schools (9)

26 Cross about having only one speed (5)

27 Glen left beer out on ice, with an aggressive attitude (12)

DOWN

1 I have local tip involving party matters (9)

2 Comprehensive may be wrong, and correct, at the same time (8)

3 Part of a noted dynasty is not still current (4)

4 With little hesitation, appeases people with bribes (10)

5 Followed closely at the tail end, say, overdue initially (6)

6 Stopped having to head off when relaxed (5)

7 Have title to defend at small joint (12)

10 Acts in pieces of work in entertainments (12)

13 Arranging musical instrument; one’s in good order (10)

16 Get rid of a talking bird in High Society (9)

17 Calling for a break, getting round in place of leading actor (8)

20 Is painter taking Spanish article to another state? (6)

22 Bring up associate, in advance (5)

24 It’s hard to leave escort with an employer (4)

Tuesday’s solution

Across: 1 A long stretch, 9 Demesne, 10 Scarabs, 11 Alas, 12 Bathe, 13 This, 16 Operand, 17 Palermo, 18 Ticking, 21 Hamster, 23 Farl, 24 Waist, 25 Dido, 28 Chianti, 29 Ancient, 30 Sea level rise.

Down: 2 Limeade, 3 Ness, 4 Steward, 5 Rosehip, 6 Teas, 7 Heather, 8 As is your wont, 9 Do a volte face, 14 Basil, 15 Plump, 19 Curries, 20 Gracile, 21 Hostage, 22 Triceps, 26 Anna, 27 Acer.