Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 21/01/14

Tuesday’s puzzle...

21/01/14
21/01/14

ACROSS

1 Scintilla of starting price offered on racehorse (7)

5 Fancy amber fish? (5)

Solution 21/01/14

11 Wanting to be seated, to get to one’s feet is ‘ampering (3,2,2,8)

12 Tall pine (4)

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13 Den with dimension suitable for local chief (5)

14 London police force has given up stalk (4)

17 Sailor took the highway to go overseas (6)

18 Anticoagulant used to ease her pain (7)

20 Horror! It’s glue at its most disgusting (7)

22 Delay in setting up high-class person (3,3)

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24 Row about graphics file (4)

25 Gold coin won with two kings and an ace (5)

26 Augur reads black poem (4)

29 Speak with care, but audience gets speech mashed (6,4,5)

30 Produce rots when kept back in shop (5)

31 Took over odd pate recipe (7)

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2 Pretend to be a heavy type — get right in there and brazen it out (3,2,1,4,5)

3 Entranced by rhythmic monologue with original tune (4)

4 Dance costume ruined by old tear (7)

6 Enigmatic character provided by a French female after initial rejection (4)

7 Something absolutely nothing to write home about (1,6,2,6)

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8 Fish extracted headless from mass of weeds, perhaps (5)

9 Leading centre-half needs to stiffen up (6)

10 Having no doctorate implied, they say, being left over (7)

15 Takes the top off griddle cakes to reveal ice-cream (5)

16 Makes tapes of flash flood (5)

19 ‘Water? Slice of lemon?’ ‘No thanks,it’s perfectly fair.’ (7)

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21 At the first mistake, take fright (6)

22 He’d pain cooking oatmeal (7)

23 Eat heartily after finishing time in starvation (5)

27 These sovereigns are Russian series of leaders (4)

28 Exchange prisoners of war during uprising (4)