TES Scotland

Cryptic crossword

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Try your hand at this tricky cryptic crossword, presented by Tes’ resident wordmaster, Magnus. Can you decipher the complex clues and complete the grid? Answers will be published in next week’s magazine.

ACROSS

1 Sacked current unit of undesirabl­e

elements infiltrati­ng pit (8) 5 Second downloadab­le program starts to help original 12 poetess (6)

10 City state tax in California

contained (7)

11 German rock singer (7)

12 Fairly rich, embracing poetic

style (5)

13 Busily create RAF rehab

programme (9)

14 Crazy Spaniards! They spurn

eastern bakery produce (6,6) 18 Wife consumed wild boar finally

caught by bloke (six footer) (5,7) 21 Wait a minute; new, extravagan­t settees are getting imported (3,2,4) 23 Mitigate onset of angry

temper (5)

24 Magnus is getting on, scanning

pictures (7)

25 Leeward island worker returning

August 1st (7)

26 Drunken dude in posh motor

steers with this (6)

27 Peer’s SOS: “Shot. Shot in

Rome” (8)

DOWN

1 Avenue running through Florida

slum (6)

2 Reply upsets Del Boy, having lost

heart (6)

3 Daughter baking rich cake which

collapses entirely! (9)

4 Poor Rio Grande man planting

an oriental fruit tree (8,6) 6 Weather improving, fine out;

this’ll help dry the clothes (5)

7 Lap up old singer somewhere

in Silicon Valley (4,4)

8 Nothing lively about ordinary,

boring sailor’s gal (5,3)

9 Angry cat thrusts claw in a

desperate attempt to hang on (6,2,6) 15 American science research facility

rates new calcite (9)

16 Small, pale Starmer – after a change of heart becoming more glamorous (8)

17 Cuppa in sober surroundin­gs is some help from the government (5,3)

19 Asian river mobs smuggling

ecstasy (6)

20 Yelped a lot boarding vessel

at the seaside (6)

22 1/(~22/7) say? (5)

 ?? ??

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