Weekend crossword - The Scotsman 07/01/2012

Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Reserving? (12)

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8 From the war I fled carrying weapon (5)

9 One hoping to find rich source of profit underground (9)

11 Touchy travelling round the city I left (6)

12 Aesthetically pleasing having creative person in charge (8)

14 Putting on new coat over old one (10)

15 Hands over for a change (4)

18 Good Parisian ex-copper has binding agreement (4)

19 Foolish position on cricket-field? (5-5)

21 Steer to connect both sides of two universities (8)

23 Chummy correspondent? (3-3)

25 Field marshal finding room about to come back (9)

26 It shows you something is missing in vehicle expedition leader went in (5)

27 Frolicking sheep, it might be worn (6,6)

DOWN

1 One cannot usually see the point of this fastener (6-3)

2 Orange apple (8)

3 Created a Roman garment (4)

4 Ern totally confused in a broadminded way (10)

5 Cat-bird? (6)

6 Piece of music one found in New Testament (5)

7 Pad used when author is at a loss for words? (7,5)

10 Sum up engineers’ surrender (12)

13 Harshness when crying, sent off (10)

16 One speaking quietly getting behind horse in the film (9)

17 Rate of movement needed to catch policeman (5-3)

20 Having a beginner as well (6)

22 Buzzard coming from island with egg (5)

24 Bedraggled fur wrapped round a German lady (4)

Friday’s solution

Across: 1 Lobster, 5 Pushkin, 9 Nothing, 10 Tractor, 11 Traveller, 12 Drama, 13 Satie, 15 Rehearses, 16 Soay sheep, 18 Toper, 21 Avail, 22 Third hand, 24 Pioneer, 26 Trisect, 27 Onerous, 28 Redwood.

Down: 1 Linctus, 2 Bit part, 3 Twite, 4 Regular features, 5 Peter the painter, 6 Sea, 7 Kitbags, 8 Normans, 12 Draft, 14 Easel, 16 Shampoo, 17 A la mode, 19 Placebo, 20 Redated, 23 Dried, 25 Ego.

Last week’s solution

Across: 1 In stitches, 7 Sack, 9 Eve, 10 Grand total, 11 Team, 12 In a good light, 15 Make up, 17 Trusting, 18 Stubborn, 20 Temper, 21 Drawing-board, 24 Pupa, 26 Solid-state, 27 She, 28 Myth, 29 Serenading.

Down: 2 Nard, 3 Tennis elbow, 4 Tetra, 5 Hotfoot, 6 Self-doubt, 7 Set, 8 Coathanger, 13 Intimidated, 14 Canterbury, 16 Prognoses, 19 Nebular, 22 Add on, 23 Eton, 25 Ash.