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Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 21/02/2013

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  • by HUGH JOHNSON
 

Thursday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Make allowance for privilege, as an exception (10)

9 Long to lead a church network (4)

10 Saving up rota designed for pilots (10)

11 Volunteers have fast dexterity, in old money (6)

12 Sends off for career opportunities with the Royal Mail (5)

15 Mop up after trauma caused by earthquake (5)

18 Recognise location of final trip with 9 across (5)

19 Manage to get some new men for Celtic Park (7)

20 Was quick, having set fire to high explosive (5)

21 In truth, one can’t reside in a cave (5)

22 Still calm, in the main (7)

23 Cares for last patient, then closes down (5)

24 Never forgive oneself for taking the head off a bird (5)

26 Have confidence in right-back adopting American model (5)

29 Have little time to lay hands on a row of beans (6)

31 Is about to get leaflet to one working for repeal ... (10)

32 ... and is working with disheartened lady exclusively (4)

33 Throw rakes about when building ramparts (10)

DOWN

2 Inside a mine, drop a luminous gemstone (4)

3 Give little credit to Italian in charge of reviewer (6)

4 Pointed to second instrument being strident (5)

5 Straightens out one man by Sunday (5)

6 Earns first salary inside lodges (5)

7 Be calm after upsetting old criminal (10)

8 Decide to take on workers to start creating a colony (10)

13 Did first mate volunteer to take on one club? (7)

14 Arrange a stiff rate, initially, for levies (7)

15 Bob is greeting embrace with hug (10)

16 East German likely to head off, in name only (10)

17 Holds onto forts, for ever and a day (5)

18 Was a physical education expert in harmony? (5)

25 Find Greek vehicle, we hear, in a cave (6)

26 Keep it short and sweet in the later sessions (5)

27 Unqualified to speak out on comprehensive (5)

28 Finally, get a bit reckless. It’s all nonsense (5)

30 Cut back into harbour to meet up (4)

Wednesday’s solution

Across: 1 Cave, 3 Conviction, 10 Manna, 11 Ingenious, 12 Chicken-hearted, 14 Prayer mat, 16 Coven, 18 Reest, 19 Garibaldi, 20 Unprofessional, 24 Behaviour, 25 Gleam, 26 Demarcated, 27 Prix.

Down: 1 Comic opera, 2 Vindicate, 4 Orion, 5 Vignetter, 6 Contract bridge, 7 In one, 8 Nosh, 9 Back-seat driver, 13 Anticlimax, 15 Megaflora, 17 Volunteer, 21 Nahum, 22 Serve, 23 Ibid.

 

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