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2436: The Devil’s Own

30 November 2019

9:00 AM

30 November 2019

9:00 AM

The unclued lights, including one of two words, comprise two adjectives and six  nouns. All share a common origin and are confirmed in Chambers.
 

Across

11    Prelude not quite within 24 hours (7)
12    Seen dancing without my extra turns (7)
14    Kind of horse judge impounds (6)
16    Number in Bow with many sponges (9)
18    Short cassock could make gear for bishops (6)
20    Good ruler following pro criminal (6)
22    Tailoring dress with a rag is concerning (9, two words)
23    Weaken son in place to study novel (7)
24    Return of prongs I change in Tonga (6)
25    Not half curt in state of disunity (6)
28    Horse eating this person’s pepper (7)
31    Honest guy about to put down building material (9)
34    Port that is pink (6)
35    Name for female Nazis holding list (6)
37    Work offering you new terms? (9)
38    Scot’s late, having passed westwards (4)
39    French author, poor one penning a film (6)
40    Where butter may go, with lots of luck (7, three words)
41    Crushed melon with thanks for seed pods (7)
 

Down

1    Quarrels very loudly, interrupting girl briefly (5)
2    Establish showering after cycling (7)
3    Coach Carter attentive no longer (6)
4    Fundraiser or lawn parties around America (7, two words)
6    Spanish woman best without clothing (4)
9    Worked briefly, inclined to waste time (6)
10    Like individual maintaining one slur (9)
17    Forbid storing recipe for roughage (4)
19    Cut length in quarry with forethought (10)
26    Month with a bit of cloud cover (4)
27    Daughter in snowmobile to run off (7)
29    Sage from e.g. Panama old lady swallows (7)
30    Dreadful lout took in salt? (7)
32    Late payment around financial area (6)
33    Like ‘Das Boot’, rue 10 at sea (6)
36    Eastern Australian and Welsh lass (5)
37    Unlikely to accord, but not unknown (4)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 9 December. 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 2436, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.
 
NB The early closing date is because of the Christmas printing schedule.


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