Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 27/02/14

27/02/14

27/02/14

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Thursday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Have little time to gamble on getting another opportunity (6,6)

8 Heavy winds coming from the West or Midlands (5)

9 Lose again, when forced to make comparisons (9)

11 Guides a religious person a great deal ... (6)

12 ... and guide for a long time on the lower deck (8)

14 Taking charge of old poetry, for first edition, in good order (10)

15 Odd soldiers get in front of the gunners (4)

18 Get rid of some of you, straightaway (4)

19 It’s alleged India meant to reorganise (10)

21 Shed light on unacceptable explosive carrying uranium ... (8)

23 ... and sailor returned to the ship, carrying a club with nuts and bolts (6)

25 Will try to have the last word on time (9)

26 Reckon to get work in the end (5)

27 Vow to put up one troop in a small tent (12)

DOWN

1 Assumes responsibility for props in projections (9)

2 Happen to take in a drunk, over-sleeping (8)

3 May have finished new edition any time, initially (4)

4 It’s humbling to be following 10 inside (10)

5 Loves to read about different circles (6)

6 Features a close friend in London’s East End (5)

7 Is stop and go designed to get help for surveyor? (12)

10 Agent lines up right away, for them to attend to passengers (12)

13 Perseveres with the German leftovers (10)

16 Reading arrangement in translation (9)

17 Was graduate about to run on one type of pasta? (8)

20 A politician has to perform to have some effect (6)

22 Left a small sermon after a beam of light (5)

24 May have to enter South Africa through a portico (4)

Wednesday’s solution

Across: 1 Pacify, 4 Stallone, 9 Renege, 10 Write out, 12 In the balance, 15 Sea breeze, 17 Miser, 18 Venom, 19 Nefarious, 20 Manslaughter, 24 Squad car, 25 Inject, 26 On strike, 27 Pentad.

Down: 1 Permissive, 2 Constraint, 3 Fugue, 5 Turn a deaf ear, 6 Latecomer, 7 Oxon, 8 Eats, 11 Make one’s mark, 13 Assortment, 14 Frustrated, 16 Ram-raider, 21 Genie, 22 Oslo, 23 Buss.

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