Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 31/01/14

31/01/14
31/01/14
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Friday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Georgian hairpieces that used wire to hold up pigskin (8)

5 Sees back half of fish on slope (6)

10 Final aim of majority (7)

11 It’s the same thing as a quest that’s operated all round the east (7)

12 Enter gravitational current (5)

13 Manual, they say, made a joke of body odour - right? (9)

14 To suffer withdrawal symptoms and resort to Christmas leftovers (2,2,4,6)

17 Prudence: the art, roughly, of where to bury bad news (5,3,6)

21 Prominent feature of early man may span across range (9)

23 Strong isn’t weak (5)

24 Causes corneas to become rough and gritty (7)

25 Upset composure at internationally sensitive spot (7)

26 Produces six original pieces on board (6)

27 French women see American one in trouble (8)

DOWN

1 Please take advantage of promise (6)

2 Footballer has incentive to add ring to outfit (7)

3 Criminal is not the right person for the job (9)

4 Receive severe punishment? Find a very safe place to retreat to (3,1,4,6)

6 Close with first edition from novelist, when ... (5)

7 ... images miss first issue of book in magazine form (7)

8 Approve identification aids: they can access everything (8)

9 At the back of the hut you will say you were running late (6,8)

15 Teasing deer in fun is not ladylike (9)

16 Reductions in funds will injure players (8)

18 Ten seen in thrilling action during 3D display (7)

19 Witty saying rewritten in prim age (7)

20 Broadcasts given in Scottish trousers (6)

22 For example amber figures invite collection (5)

Thursday’s solution

Across: 7 Place, 8 Conspired, 10 Mutual, 11 Prevails, 12 Advances, 13 Open, 15 Priests, 17 Stopped, 20 Tape, 22 Epistles, 25 Thickset, 26 Tether, 27 Boardroom, 28 Torch.

Down: 1 Flounders, 2 Accurate, 3 Compose, 4 Usher out, 5 Pirate, 6 Deals, 9 Bloc, 14 Deference, 16 Treasure, 18 Petition, 19 Mention, 21 Accord, 23 Into, 24 Throw.