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Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 27/12/12

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Thursday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Secure position for one in the field (5,5)

6 It’s difficult to get to the heart of a modern record (4)

10 Did lady from Milan have device to get round painter? (7)

11 Incompetent aristocrat got at VIP (7)

12 Ill-advised model had fewer performances (8)

13 Go off, with permission, to take a 25 across (5)

15 Able to beat back midge with make-up (6)

17 For the last time, CID can’t work out collision (8)

19 Pronouncement made by European delegation (8)

21 Did a popular girl 13 across with violet-blue dye? (6)

24 Outplay ten with 50, we hear, in ancient Rome (5)

25 Is against the motion to take a recess (8)

28 Try this out when dehydrated (7)

29 Coming down with plague, getting in twice (7)

30 Fade away, at the end, with limited food supply (4)

31 Common downpayment for some plums (10)

DOWN

1 Reckon to drop some players at some stage (4)

2 First guy managed to get into large tank with a hobo? (7)

3 Rest could spend the night on Sunday, in principle (5)

4 Wild ass got round New Age traveller, by the end (6)

5 No-one of that type could be the cream of the crop (8)

7 Welcome couple coming after me, in return (7)

8 Face impediment when organising one new pro event (10)

9 Play for time with one about to mount (8)

14 Concerned that partisan would be too self-centred (10)

16 Take fewer breaks at work when on the go (8)

18 Cry, even over old belt (8)

20 Tend to turn down pitch (7)

22 Pressing one runner, working in good order (7)

23 It’s almost unheard of to damage church (6)

26 Object to watery gruel, from the start (5)

27 Cuts out cross for good, for a long time (4)

Yesterday’s solution:

Across: 1 Virtual image, 8 Niggler, 9 Nonplus, 11 Coal, 12 Particular, 14 Entity, 15 Yearbook, 17 Tyrannic, 19 Isatin, 22 Bill of fare, 23 Moth, 25 Elation, 26 Stratum, 27 Standard lamp.

Down: 1 Vagrant, 2 Roll, 3 Unreal, 4 Lengthen, 5 Manicurist, 6 Galileo, 7 Unacceptable, 10 Striking home, 13 Stentorian, 16 Sinfonia, 18 Reliant, 20 Two-step, 21 Erased, 24 Aria.

Grid 37

 

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