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2293: Topping

21 January 2017

9:00 AM

21 January 2017

9:00 AM

The unclued lights (one of two words and one hyphened) are of a kind, all verifiable in Chambers.
 

Across

4    Night-flier in gear (11, two words)
11    Fancy pictures from one publication with topless sequences (9)
14    City faraway from Helsinki, evidently (4)
15    Aunt Sally is retiring (3)
18    Dropping openers, new eleven win cheer (7)
19    Morning porridge for old bishop (7)…
22    …gay bishop, flexible (6)
23    Altered course on board being transported (6)
27    Welsh lake engulfing small wood (5)
29    Second Roman soldier beams (6)
31    Joints giving trouble in the feet, not the head (6)
34    New oboe pit in ecological community (7)
35    Dressed in a suit for the country (7)
38    First person from Germany in Maastricht (3)
39    Old lady with both hands for clay (4)
41    Coach or its following (5)
42    Voice from the cellar? (9)
43    Field event by Thor with warm hem crumpled (11, two words)
 

Down

2    A rook, possibly, crossing island at great speed (5)
5    Composer imbibes very English port (7, two words)
6    Held forth with exemption from VAT (6)
7    Asinine sound man uttered initially had a whine (6, hyphened)
8    Only a little growth left after the harvest (7)
9    Gangs’ caps? (4)
10    Friend of Falstaff with perforated page (9)
15    Toff in the ship? Cobblers! (5)
16    System giving better service — amount is reaching a peak (11)
20    Order wheels, four in number, getting right answer (9)
21    Clerical attire in royal blue (3)
25    Current escape device astronauts look down on (5)
26    One way to fix a match, maybe (3)
28    Annoyed, having to reorder painkiller (7)
32    Presenting duo swap places and pour out the wine (6)
33    Group of crows upsetting racehorse (6)
36    Clubs for evening out? (5)
37    Some muesli may cut down the waistline (4)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 6 February. 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 2293, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.


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