Compact Crossword - The Scotsman, 25/01/14

Saturday’s cryptic puzzle

Grid: Derek Allen
Grid: Derek Allen

Across

1 Traveller’s method more equitable for the audience (8)

6 One in class is a mastermind (6)

9 Going back and forth with surprised expression (3)

10 Race into battle (8)

11 Good breeder but not a champion (6)

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12 Flag bearer from eastern Europe (4)

13 Hit above the eyes, having been bullied (10)

15 With which to get on with one’s mates (12)

18 What prospector might hope to do suddenly is to receive large sum of money (6,2,4)

21 Idle senseless talk about less hairy rush (10)

23 Not starting to be one musical instrument or another (4)

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24 Jokes rewritten about Penny in Macedonia (6)

26 Female gets ointment to work (8)

27 Runner appearing twice in luxurious kidskin (3)

28 Sort of direct debit? No, the reverse (6)

29 Dealer started copying trainer (8)

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2 Banker who is a warrior (6)

3 Mental shape (5,2,4)

4 Bertha loses shirt going round treatment centre (5)

5 Hurried with stupid person to the capital (7)

6 Old patriot in Malaga, ribald insurgent (9)

7 Superior person started no-balling (3)

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8 Stanza, a French one first, about cosmos (8)

14 Girl I concealed after the usual time came in completely destroyed (11)

16 Seriously, tanneries need to be reorganised (2,7)

17 Offensive footballer? (8)

19 Deal with vehicles on the road (7)

20 In where half a team’s matches are played (2,4)

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22 Cosmetic used by hot girl getting up (5)

25 Its contents are very much alike (3)

Yesterday’s solution:

Across: 8 Decimate, 9 Allays, 10 Nanook, 11 Castaway, 12 Deed, 13 Over the top, 15 Startle, 17 Bridles, 20 Mulled wine, 22 Sigh, 24 Pharisee, 26 Chopin, 27 Vetoed, 28 Airheads.

Down: 1 Beware, 2 Disorder, 3 Bankrolled, 4 Peaches, 5 Bags, 6 Please, 7 Sycamore, 14 Threescore, 16 Teuchter, 18 Discover, 19 Vinegar, 21 Largos, 23 Guilds, 25 Soda.