Weekend Crossword - The Scotsman 01/02/2014

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TODAY’S puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Interested in buying whilst amongst open-air stalls perhaps (2,3,6)

9 So long in Paris (5)

10 Saturated with rain maybe and entered in the record (11)

11 Part of flower on carpet almost camouflaged (5)

12 Excrescence produced by two trees (3,5)

14 Engaging person (8)

15 Secret practices round 100 sects (7)

17 Upset daughter rubs it out (7)

20 Bookbinding term at midday and short time afterwards (8)

21 Noisiest? (8)

24 Two outspoken characters in German city (5)

25 At a later date at another station (4,3,4)

26 Pannier’s contents for the lady (5)

27 Classical revival since arenas have been reconstructed (11)

DOWN

2 Could be any South African lake (5)

3 One might be spotted laughing (5)

4 By the way it indicates important stage in one’s life (8)

5 Piece of material we’d heard had been put on plant (7)

6 Old tape’s repairing jumpers at an early stage (8)

7 Sordid gain from dirty rotten ulcer (6,5)

8 and 12 What magician may do unexpectedly to solve the problem (4,1,6,3,2,3,3)

13 Dramatic part of room where food is prepared? (7-4)

16 Shrub to finish amongst seaweed (8)

18 Ushers in dodgy influxes (8)

19 Exclamation of those central characters taking a girl (7)

22 Greek character in alluvial area (5)

23 Lad in charge of sound (5)

Friday’s solution

Across: 1 Periwigs, 5 Escarp, 10 Endmost, 11 Equates, 12 Going, 13 Guidebook, 14 To go cold turkey, 17 Under the carpet, 21 Browridge, 23 Faint, 24 Coarsen, 25 Unnerve, 26 Spawns, 27 Mesdames.

Down: 1 Pledge, 2 Rodrigo, 3 Wrongdoer, 4 Get a good hiding, 6 Shute, 7 Artwork, 8 Passkeys, 9 Behind schedule, 15 Unrefined, 16 Cutbacks, 18 Diorama, 19 Epigram, 20 Strews, 22 Resin.

Last week’s solution

Across: 1 Wayfarer, 6 Genius, 9 Aha, 10 Marathon, 11 Rabbit, 12 Pole, 13 Browbeaten, 15 Friendliness, 18 Strike it rich, 21 Balderdash, 23 Lute, 24 Skopje, 26 Function, 27 Ski, 28 Credit, 29 Chandler.

Down: 2 Amazon, 3 Frame of mind, 4 Rehab, 5 Rangoon, 6 Garibaldi, 7 Nob, 8 Universe, 14 Annihilated, 16 In earnest, 17 Attacker, 19 Traffic, 20 At home, 22 Henna, 25 Pod.

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