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Cryptic Crossword - The Scotsman 29/01/13

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Tuesday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Versatile parrot talking, sitting on carpet at hotel (8)

5 Swam in the stagnant pool (6)

10 Plaintiff put dire curse on financial advisor (7)

11 After some rum, drunken mice are idolised (7)

12 Goes on orgy of theft on return to seat (5)

13 Possession of personal royal vessel (9)

14 Be abstractable when working to demonstrate superiority as wordsmith (4,2,8)

17 Ding, dong, bell – pussy should have followed advice to let sleeping dogs lie (5,4,5)

21 Plants synthetic diamonds (9)

23 Sloppy miss gets nothing (5)

24 Where car may be parked or – if automatic – moving (2,5)

25 Heard to support hot flow of sweet pastries (7)

26 Good-humoured Ealing comedy (6)

27 Underwear she’s put on before original top is most saucy (8)

DOWN

1 Begs for expression of admiration (6)

2 Something in milk causes one to have missing body parts, it’s reported, whereas ... (7)

3 ... thrush on foot is due to parasitic plant (9)

4 It’s a sinister tale when Mr McKay takes over from Fletcher (4,2,3,5)

6 A time to pitch essential oil (5)

7 Broadband connection for some comes in focus (4,3)

8 Crack the code of red chip round earth lead (8)

9 Rock, without preamble, brose concoction, having a clear head (5-4,5)

15 New Zealand team’s ideal packet of wine gums? (3,6)

16 Glibness disguised as something to be thankful for (8)

18 A group playing with complete lack of restraint (7)

19 Gas consumed by newborn baby (7)

20 Allowed to take vehicle into eastern Mediterranean area (6)

22 Girl gulps a dish of yoghurt (5)

 

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