Quick Crossword - The Scotsman 10/03/13

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Sunday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Funny people made sonic boom (9)

8 Opera with some inevitable tragedy (5)

9 & 21 Across Cleaner story priest told, one of the great 1 (7,7)

11 Claim that member’s steeped in 4 (6)

12 Refer to item, non-revolutionary (7)

13 Artist retreats with script and weapons (4)

14 Colour of original Russian journalist (3)

17 Recount toff’s measurement (3)

18 & 12 Down Committed crime or became one of the great 1 (4,9)

21 See 9 Across

23 In flower, the sailor might hove into view (6)

24 & 25 Across Honest, that’s the lad with the foreign one of the great 1 (7,5)

25 See 24 Across

26 Nomads wander with back numbers for old Scottish sportsman (3,6)

DOWN

2 Shade found around the loch, residents claimed (5)

3 Deserter gets consumed by age, which leads to mistakes (6)

4 Find bargains here, not starting with drink (3)

5 They flog one of the great 1 (7)

6 Skill shown in the Home Counties, pursuing financial penalties (7)

7 Hail everybody into the lair of one of the great 1 (4,5)

10 In no state to return to the club (4)

12 See 18 Across

15 Uses tactics after little boy’s comeback (7)

16 Large chap swallows nothing that’s prejudiced (7)

19 Deity removes gold from writer (4)

20 Consumes quietly in despatches (6)

22 Jones declaring his entry? (5)

24 Cooler supporter (3)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

Across 3, Alter Ego. 8 & 2 Down, Home Secretary. 9, Clapped out. 10, Dior. 11, Ever. 13, Sieve. 17, Romans. 18, Ranger. 19, Libya. 22, Emir. 24, Alas, 25, The Old Firm. 26, Uses. 27, Sustains.

Down 1 & 23 Down, Tonic water. 2, See 8 Across. 4, Leper. 5, Evens. 6, Elope. 7, Outwears. 12, East. 14, Ignoramus. 15, Prelates. 16, Cram. 20, Beers. 21, Alloa. 22, Elfin. 23, See 1 Down.

Last week’s winner was H Beaton of Portree. The runners-up were J Wilson of Gargunnock and E Maclean of Wick.