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2262: Numbers game

28 May 2016

9:00 AM

28 May 2016

9:00 AM

The unclued Across lights are of one linguistic kind and the unclued Down lights are of another, all of which solvers must figure out.
 

Across

 
1    Busy person squeezing scab on carpet (6)
7    Cilla’s out gathering what Novello suggested (6)
12    Ends of the line abolished at privatisation? (9)
13    Come down from window (5)
15    Club official, more confident following adjustment of rate (9)
16    Persistent seabird seen during mid-week (6)
20    Threatening youths broadcast ‘Which of you gets the chop?’ (7)
21    In France, here is coldest (6)
27    Jade manager takes indoors (3)
28    Char originally engaged amid cheers (3)
32    I am a doctor, right? Initially take another look … so, you’re not going to die! (8)
34    Goddess spoken of in succession (6)
35    After surgery, I swallowed painkiller (6)
37    Mean life’s awfully quiet (7)
39    Sailor, naughty fellow switching sides (6)
42    Special characteristic — odd trait, yet a little erratic (9)
44    Clever character finds way to avoid using cash (9, two words)
45    Rodney wandering over there (6)
46    Marine’s sound of displeasure receiving support (6)
 

Down

 
1    Hillside in even parts of Aberdare (4)
2    Made of clay, new heater crumbled (7)
5    Bounty — great ship north of Spain (8)
6    Rum does it, and port (6)
8    Man’s heart turned by German girl (4)
9    Squaring about getting on outside (8)
11    Wild segregationist, Gino leaves to plan (10)
14    In new zoo, no part for single-celled creature (9)
17    People arranging things for Russia’s leader beset by problems (6)
18    Is it newer novel way to prepare for cold weather? (9)
19    Stopped by halt on a railway (10)
23    Talked wildly before getting in the way (6)
25    Lady — famous mistress having husband a poet (8)
26    Expert vaulter is a leading light (8, two words)
30    Given meal in turn — bill to follow, actually (7, two words)
31    Composer imbibes very English port (7, two words)
33    Guess when birds returned (6)
36    Pop it back, love, somewhere outside the house (5)
38    Intelligent regular sections of two issues (4)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 13 June. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. (UK solvers can choose to receive the latest edition of the Chambers dictionary instead of cash — ring the word ‘dictionary’.) Entries to: Crossword 2262, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.


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