Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 27/06/13

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Thursday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Was Larry about to blend in with one good reading source? (7,7)

9 Did right-back seem to get rid of a hunter? (7)

10 Attempts to take note of once disputed Italian city (7)

11 To move two poles into position at hospital department could be very timely (6-4)

12 Use a pitching iron, without gaining an advantage (4)

14 On Sunday, had Bible class in common (6)

15 Did miss melt away, when she was at her most slender? (8)

17 Presentation suitable for day-old race (8)

19 Start soon enough, for instance (6)

22 Have an obligation to function in business, with respect (4)

23 Sound fed up with places where directors operate (10)

25 Feel indignation about one starting to see apparitions (7)

26 May object to me over one’s first edition, in detail (7)

27 Used to pass on litter in places where one can fill up (6,8)

DOWN

1 Fail to meet team’s expectations, in failed battle against relegation (3,3,4,4)

2 May take a run again over the falls (7)

3 Simple men had little time to design some tools (10)

4 Flamboyant fellow left something like a pike in the river (6)

5 When camping, empty lorry followed closely (8)

6 It’s right to help set up an attack (4)

7 Rest may be due rise from management (7)

8 Show persistence when about to fast not as much, up to a point (14)

13 One maiden, with two men, have time to create a bit of damage (10)

16 Huge waste in fossil fuel (8)

18 Sports fan took patient to be a crazy person (7)

20 Some experts took six round, on condition (7)

21 Find a right time, at first, to get an old master (6)

24 Was a leading light from the cast, a right prima donna? (4)

Across: 1 Focal point, 6 Zulu, 10 Karma, 11 Death wish, 12 Quince, 13 Big deal, 15 Oxcart, 16 Reinvent, 19 The wheel, 21 Jaguar, 24 Noticed, 26 Reggae, 28 Inspector, 29 Raita, 30 Goya, 31 Maintained.Down: 1 Fake, 2 Carbuncle, 3 Learner, 4 Oodles, 5 Near beer, 7 Unite, 8 Upholstery, 9 Shogun, 14 Continuing, 17 Education, 18 Vendetta, 20 Hacker, 22 Algeria, 23 Dry run, 25 Testy, 27 Band.