Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 10/04/14

Thursday’s puzzle...

Cryptic crossword
Cryptic crossword

ACROSS

1. Exact fit, or have to get round the States (8)

5. Sharpens up, over time, to be candid (6)

10. A half ;pint, say, must be of little importance (5,4)

11.It’s difficult to be secure, when under the influence (5)

12. Pay homage to a parish priest leading a song of praise (7)

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13. May have to sort her out, to be more precise (7)

14. Girl failed to end up with a new plant, akin to the teasels (8)

17. It’s in order to return to US city with a viral disease (5)

19. Work out how to find the key to unlock a puzzle (5)

21. Raked about with me, on time, and put things up for sale (8)

24. Was old-fashioned, in line with half the City (7)

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25. Although having only a little time in the area, was able to calm things down (7)

27. Put into print romantic piece of music (5)

28. Top actor tries to cut out, to retire to the country (9)

29. Although eager to study, drive one up the wall (6)

30. On average, circulate round in the interval (8)

DOWN

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1. Was a rogue able to run a small state? (6)

2. Get a firm grip on a Greek snake (5)

3. May be about to let the house go for free (7)

4. Greatly alter a passage, after university (5)

6. Although incorrect, reach the end result (7)

7. Crew members had to get several up to dance (9)

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8. Seminar covering tour round most of Italy (8)

9. Is apt to get round resistance of a trustee (8)

15. Set apart, when a lecturer turned up (9)

16. One may start to become an adult, although still inexperienced (8)

18. Waste of space is married, as a diversion (8)

20. Surveys some seaweed causing a blot on the landscape (7)

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22. Joy had to run away from a liaison (7)

23. Cut off, at the end, to be 1 across (6)

25. Dated, perhaps, having spent a day away (5)

26. A valuable instrument used in a dramatic setting (5)

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Wednesday’s solutions:

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Across: 1 Fuchsia, 5 Oblique, 9 In the firing line, 10 Heir, 11 Contention, 13 Au gratin, 14 Reveal, 16 Turtle, 18 Joyrider, 21 Noticeable, 22 Asia, 24 Air-conditioning, 25 Teach-in, 26 Exegete.

Down: 1 Flight attendant, 2 Cutting, 3 Shem, 4 Acidosis, 5 Opiate, 6 Loganberry, 7 Quinine, 8 Eternal triangle, 12 Tablecloth, 15 Roulette, 17 Rotorua, 19 Dislike, 20 Warden, 23 Doze.

FUCHSIA~OBLIQUE

L~U~H~C~P~O~U~T

INTHEFIRINGLINE

G~T~M~D~A~A~N~R

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HEIR~CONTENTION

T~N~T~S~E~B~N~A

AUGRATIN~REVEAL

T~~~B~S~R~R~~~T

TURTLE~JOYRIDER

E~O~E~W~U~Y~I~I

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NOTICEABLE~ASIA

D~O~L~R~E~D~L~N

AIRCONDITIONING

N~U~T~E~T~Z~K~L

TEACHIN~EXEGETE