2109: Not Quite 50 Shades

2109: Not Quite 50 Shades
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Unclued lights (including three of two words and one of three words) are four people connected by the 11A and four partial representations of their works (minus definite articles); solvers must complete each representation by shading the whole light appropriately. Ignore two apostrophes.


1 Correct direction by board with head for commercial quality (14)

10 Mythic Norseman’s yen to be at the seaside abroad (4)

14 Start storing goods in trunk (6)

16 China’s always imprisoning liberals (4)

17 Pitches concerning golfer (5)

20 Departed one island after return of community (8)

21 Blackmail’s no longer wrong? (6)

23 A Democrat wrapped in flags makes angry speeches (7)

24 Takeaway from African land (4)

26 Opening for tailor in subfusc year-round (4)

33 Gangster’s drunk entering first round (6)

34 Union broken during month of Roman goddess (8)

36 Swimmer breaking very old record (5)

37 Lib Dem minister losing head in fit (4)

38 King, one protected by security, in deep water (6)

39 Punch funny fellow (5)

40 Refuse to settle, waggling sharp instruments (10, two words)

41 Other English university (4)

42 Answer, then maybe flee rebuff? (14, five words)


2 s some leaves are on Ilex, a clump developing (11)

3 Truth’s settled, maintained by Juan Carlos? (7)

4 Start off occupation that’s to be of benefit (5)

5 One of the Elizabeths is said to be superior (6)

6 Dim Conservative comes in to make some noise (7)

7 They stick cattle in English dishes (7)

8 How one may finish race in cycling top (6)

9 Agreement about covering 250 miles to get fit (6)

13 Part of airship holds strong for flier (7)

22 Not at all silly woman swallowing ecstasy (7)

25 Apparatus for measuring fence keeps one satisfied (8)

27 Snake Scot’s sustained — I have it! (7)

28 Devil, corrupting saint, stifles a chuckle (7)

29 Animal painter cut the French corn (7)

30 Love shy woman, a Native American (6)

32 Race to stop Spain leaving single currency (6)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 May. There are two runners-up prizes of £20 (or, for UK solvers, the latest edition of The Chambers Dictionary — ring the word ‘Dictionary’). Entries to: Crossword 2109, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.