Skip to Content

Crossword

2403: Hexad

13 April 2019

9:00 AM

13 April 2019

9:00 AM

The second and fourth letters of six unclued lights (defined by surplus single words in six clues) form a set whose name is cryptically suggested by the remaining pair.
 

Across

1    Acknowledged 500 vatu due (6)
5    Raptors seek rats chandler set free (8)
10    Seabird collecting books about one UK fleet? No way! (14, four words)
11    Fellow has our love (4)
16    Poet’s winter? He lodges in Mauritius (5)
19    Lass interrupts stock debate (marathon) (9)
20    Clan conceals one huge cuttle-bone (7)
23    Dizzy top-sawyer with no head for aerial lifts (8)
25    Units succeeded led by very old soldier (5)
30    Parodist metal track bears (7)
33    Maybe king, queen and knave obstructed predator (9)
35    Villain’s evil (3)
37    US novelist displays synthetic sheep’s head (5)
38    Sprinkler getting shy lunatic soaking (6)
39    Greek island dodged by right whale (4)
40    Messages absurdly remote and clinical (14, two words)
41    Dull author’s oppressive influence (8, two words)
42    Novelist peppers Hemingway cycling? (6)
 

Down


2    Bawling tenor Viceroy of India’s sacked (12)
3    No place for paddling piscivore (5)
4    Composer’s seen new company computer (6)
5    Sage loses heart early (4)
6    Dancing topless frau and partner thus enjoy music (7)
7    Nut stuck in Vatican City? (7)
8    Ambassador from Chad priest receives (6)
9    Seychelles clique journo needled (8)
12    Crawled faster than most with a universal nappy? (7)
14    Place to wait and bet on occasion (8)
15    Synthetic substance freaky six pioneered (12, two words)
18    Bad, almost dire, poets whined in colonnaded place (8)
21    Sterile fish taking thirty days to get caught (7)
26    Festival made by that outside function (7)
28    Cardinal as military hero (7)
29    Water or wine with underdone chop? (6, two words)
31    End of something malign (6)
32    Whisper with thief when tailed (6)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 29 April. 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 2403, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

 


Show comments
Close