Quick crossword - Scotland on Sunday 15/04/2012

Sunday’s puzzle...

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1 Approach ladies and spread around back of hall (4,5)

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8 Put off removing the chap from cleaning agent (5)

9 Ties up the rest, quite possibly (7)

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11 Left with first-class return for a Shakespearean (6)

12 Estonian doesn’t start mixing with France and Germany? (7)

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13 Banker lays nothing on Communist retreat (4)

14 Whip the creature (3)

17 Conservationists leave the function with a girl (3)

18 4 is endless, but that’s fine with the bird (4)

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21 Private, for instance, is older in translation (7)

23 Howzat for a quiet sound of bells! (6)

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24 Little chap has guns, but comes back for real, we’re told (7)

25 Resinous material used by the Spanish record company (5)

26 Like stories a lad once told, primarily, when travelling (9)

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2 A rope trick performed by singers and actors (5)

3 Doctor has a laugh at tax collectors with this material (6)

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4 The girl almost got up (3)

5 Desmond is going out with Noel (7)

6 Height is right in astute construction (7)

7 Plough is substantial to carry (5,4)

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10 Moved quickly towards the force and called (4)

12 Precious strings? Part of violin is left to the experts (9)

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15 Leave on the rebound, keeping quiet, but in a tight spot (7)

16 Where to find 21s returning with a craze? (7)

19 After the male, reportedly (4)

20 Girl joins foreign 21 with love for musical direction (6)

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22 Medical procedure, finishing with mean outcome? (5)

24 Take action stupidly, using Express leaders (3)

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Last week’s solution

Across 3, Despotic. 8, Urdu. 9, Generation. 10, Vera. 11,

Riot. 13, Actor. 17, Caller. 18 & 25 Across, Keep at arm’s

length. 19, Trams. 22, Bari. 24, Stan. 25, See 18 Across.

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26, Eire. 27, Donating. Down 1, Greek. 2 & 23 Down, Sugar

Plum Fairy. 4, Event. 5, Plaza. 6, Twist. 7, Concrete. 12,

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Ogre. 14, Cherished. 15, Scotland. 16, Skua. 20. Amman.

21, Split. 22, Benin. 23, See 2 Down.