Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 29/08/13

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Thursday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Make amends for groundwork lacking power (10)

6 Catch-22 for head boy in first display (4)

10 Set one working to get an integral part (7)

11 Expect compensation if you stop the flow for a long time (7)

12 Use European flag wrapped round the body of a plane (8)

13 Left one runner as an isolated figure (5)

15 Have little power to rent out content (6)

17 Top performers include Irish station in the first course (8)

19 Clan raid turned out to be of fundamental importance (8)

21 At short notice, I’m back and about to show respect (6)

24 Greek character had a record haul cut in half (5)

25 Have the last word, but can be flexible (8)

28 Learning line that’s coming back to a siren (7)

29 Pound bet on Hearts at the palace (7)

30 Did special forces have the first broad band? (4)

31 I’d met up with hosts of free churchmen (10)

DOWN

1 Take some time off to remain calm (4)

2 Painting old painted warrior by the river (7)

3 Put things in motion, yet bring up rear (5)

4 Can’t get in to make up a metal container (3-3)

5 Strange times to have soldiers getting souvenirs (8)

7 Acting as a naive young woman, at some stage (7)

8 Relied on little girls being suspect (10)

9 Begged a politician on the Left to take on old Communist (8)

14 Parades in shades at elaborate stage shows (10)

16 A matching outfit can be quite appropriate (8)

18 Praised a production as heaven on earth (8)

20 Goes on record as about to reach harbour on Sunday (7)

22 One will have to point to indisposition (7)

23 In good condition to start living in open country (6)

26 Aspired to taker the Great North Road to the sea (5)

27 From the days of Methuselah, for example (4)

Wednesday’s solution:

Across: 1 Escapade, 5 Atrium, 10 Sunlamp, 11 Venison, 12 Roach, 13 Stranraer, 14 Not up to scratch, 17 Job description, 21 Cream soda, 23 Vista, 24 Idi Amin, 25 In-thing, 26 Gaynor, 27 Agar-agar.

Down: 1 Ensure, 2 Centavo, 3 Playhouse, 4 Deposit account, 6 Tenon, 7 Instant, 8 Monarchy, 9 Overestimating, 15 Rotavator, 16 Ejecting, 18 Brevity, 19 Ousting, 20 Hanger, 22 Mambo.

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