The Scotsman Compact Crossword, 07/08/14

THURSDAY’S compact puzzle...

Across

1 Italian soft cheese (10)

7 Dreadful (8)

Most Popular

    8 Sharpen (4)

    9 Preliminary races (5)

    10 American insect akin to the grasshopper (7)

    12 Proceed along incorrect course (2,3,5,3)

    15 Plunder (7)

    17 Ill-finished work (5)

    20 Move around (4)

    21 Joined (the Army, etc) (8)

    22 Recruits (10)

    DOWN

    1 The American elk (5)

    2 Term of imprisonment (coll) (7)

    3 A raised pulpit (4)

    4 Any carnivorous animal (8)

    5 Certainly not (coll) (2,3)

    6 Part of the eye (6)

    11 Flounces (8)

    13 Drug (6)

    14 Matures (5,2)

    16 Broad and slow (mus) (5)

    18 Salad plant with pungent leaves (5)

    19 A slight (4)

    Wednesday’s solution

    Across: 1 Sidestep, 5 Isis, 9 Sober, 10 Sit down, 11 Scriptwriter, 13 Re-echo, 14 System, 17 Saskatchewan, 20 Servant, 21 Roast, 22 Aide, 23 Shilling.

    Down: 1 So-so, 2 Debacle, 3 Straightaway, 4 Ersatz, 6 Short, 7 Syndrome, 8 Stormy petrel, 12 Irish Sea, 15 Trapani, 16 Scotch, 18 Shred, 19 Stag.