Compact Crossword - The Scotsman 12/09/13

Thursday’s puzzle...

Across

7 Wear away (4)

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8 Those with no chance of success (2-6)

9 Of the highest quality (5)

10 Flagrant (7)

12 Hostelry (3)

13 Increased loudness (mus) (9)

16 Multi-talented (9)

17 Finale (3)

19 Thrashes (coll) (7)

21 Thick soup (5)

23 Confrontation (8)

24 Level-headed (4)

DOWN

1 Captivate (8)

2 Tract of wet, soggy land (5)

3 Girl’s name (3)

4 Across-the-board (9)

5 Cold-shouldered (7)

6 Measure of capacity for herring (4)

11 Yardstick (9)

14 Charitable gift (8)

15 Steers clear of (7)

18 A pot (5)

20 Grey (4)

22 Also (3)

Wednesday’s solution

Across: 1 Boiled beef, 7 Carrots, 8 Hooks, 10 Ross, 11 Cromarty, 13 Modest, 15 Stop-go, 17 Tanzania, 18 Fish, 21 Chips, 22 Halogen, 23 Stonehenge.

Down: 1 Boris, 2 Iron, 3 Ensure, 4 Behemoth, 5 Ego-trip, 6 Achromatic, 9 Say nothing, 12 Assassin, 14 Dentist, 16 Eighth, 19 Ingle, 20 Plan.