Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 25/08/14

Monday’s puzzle...

25/08/14
25/08/14

ACROSS

1 Was she daring to have make-over, getting all spruced up? (9)

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6 Fellow can tell an old wives’ tale (5)

9 Make allowance for the greatest amount of cash when losing energy (7)

10 Finishes with alternative to Europe, so sign on the dotted line (7)

11 Greek character is one of the volunteers (5)

12 Prepare to fight first with reserve, but get a suspension of hostilities (9)

13 Stick to part of the mill, at his insistence (5)

14 Look clever to find an old medicinal plant (9)

17 After old readings, had to become unionised (9)

19 In early summer, record a long part of a flower (5)

21 Elaborate on the need to dress up (9)

24 Small pill-boxes made in Tain, Ross and Cromarty (5)

26 It’s unnecessary for son to leave, but he still annoys others (7)

27 Speech about medal awarded after last month has passed (7)

28 Girl employed by small hospital over in America (5)

29 Taking ages to round up may be hazardous (9)

DOWN

1 Make allowance for good little worker (5)

2 Plan to hire out some vestments (7)

3 Sail into trouble, getting round with detachment (9)

4 Heavy blow suffered by some farm workers (9)

5 Imagine German resistance to backing West (5)

6 Craze to take additives dies away (5)

7 Glittering stream in good order, at the end (7)

8 Primary constituent had a long finish (9)

13 Indefinite targets set to complete unfinished business (5,4)

15 Duck below a quilt on the bed (9)

16 Drop out, like peasant at the end (9)

18 Log bets arranged by some tumblers (7)

20 Left one company with a grand porch (7)

22 Artificial fibre used in decor long ago (5)

23 Perform second before a boy treated with drugs (5)

25 Informs on others, but counts one’s blessings, in the end (5)