Crossword - Scotland on Sunday 16/09/12

This weeks’ puzzle...

Across

3 See 17 Across

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8 Thin variety of Scottish flower (4)

9 Bid made in stormy seas for soap (10)

10 Develops with thyme, we’re told, and sage stuffing (4)

11 State that article is extremely detailed (4)

13 Show clemency towards some prisoners at Reading Exchange, originally (5)

17 & 3 Across Redeployed here, go to infiltrate military position of one in 25 (6,8)

18 Showing disapproval of crooner, taking in goalless draw? (6)

19 Account’s end is precipitate nonsense (5)

22 The Scotsman gets the point of being domesticated (4)

24 More than satisfy and titillate European leaders (4)

25 Group of late developers, amidst the elite, or most of them (3,7)

26 Turn back with subject, meeting ferocious creature (4)

27 Far from healthy, passed on taking the waters (8)

Down

1 & 23 Down Sources of rock and roll organist? One of 25 (5,5)

2 Crossworder’s reference book - so that would include an Old Testament figure, right! (9)

4 A court order gets rid of the German thespian (5)

5 Moved swiftly towards Eliot with these diatribes (5)

6 It could be burnt and cooked from anise (5)

7 Sent out for Easter presents, held back for rainy days (4,4)

12 Always ejecting a heavyweight from club (4)

14 Green, perhaps, in favour of iron restoring Jonathan? (9)

15 Stirred up sex appeal in stone (German) (8)

16 They sang about contents of Sabbath service (4)

20 A motive isn’t on in these regions (5)

21 Creature with a craving to laugh outside (5)

22 Item is semi-included in the church tax (5)

23 See 1 Down

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1, Snowdrift. 8, Raise. 9, Courage. 11, Spider. 12 & 24 Across, Richard Dawkins. 13, Echo. 14, God. 17, Roc. 18, Upas. 21, Costume. 23, Enters. 24, See 12 Across. 25, Unite. 26, Lancaster.

Down: 2, Naomi. 3, Worthy. 4, Ice. 5, Tropics. 6, Windsor. 7, Heartache. 10, Garb. 12, Righteous. 15, Dustbin. 16, Gabriel. 19, Toga. 20, Stakes. 22, Mince. 24, Dan.