Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 06/02/2012

Monday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Do strikers have to focus in advance?

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(6-8)

9 About to attack in the interval (7)

10 Lined up machine-gun, in short, having participated (7)

11 Get the measure of a Lusitania crew-member (4)

12 Abandon altercation, but still make something of it (5)

13 In control, all the way through (4)

16 Was first to accept one US institute would be restricted (7)

17 Guide an armed guard to 26 across (6)

19 Could crook gain exclusive control of the market (6)

22 Unpleasant person had little hesitation in getting plant from Virginia (7)

25 Sit tight, having to look forward to interval (4)

26 Provide a chaperon for some famous heroines (5)

27 It’s good riddance, at first, to one-man firm (4)

30 Ride shotgun in order to defend champion (7)

31 Rule out having to excommunicate exile (7)

32 Provokes confusion, so puts one in a spot (4,3,7)

Down

1 Cut short small dog-ends (8)

2 Small number play casually on a favourite scheme (7)

3 It’s right to give some assistance to Sally (4)

4 Abandon the church, deserted and plundered (7)

5 Tear around for a long time, showing loss of control (7)

6 A top novice in church may be rash (4)

7 Hand over ransom to win discharge (7)

8 Love to be involved instead, or else (5)

14 Continue to resist, in position (5)

15 Twist played by small band on board (5)

18 Principal led off first event on opening night (8)

20 Getting round twice, over little time, to us could be inauspicious (7)

21 Get over to teacher having to get Italian dish (7)

22 Forgiving Conservative constituent heading off (7)

23 Wind up forward having to turn right-back (7)

24 Purloin, or steal, what is prized enough, initially (5)

28 There are not many in the French ship (4)

29 On reflection, it’s hard to get into European firm (4)