2348: It’s a trap

2348: It’s a trap
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Clues are given according to alphabetical order of their answers. Each of thirty-two clues comprises a definition part and a hidden consecutive jumble of the answer including one extra letter. When arranged in conventional clue order, the extras spell a character’s name and seven-word quotation (in ODQ). In the remaining seven clues, cryptic indications omit reference to parts of answers; these parts must be highlighted, to reveal an item situated as the quotation suggests in relation to the unclued 8, 21, 28 (two words), 30 and 37. Ignore an accent in the highlighted item.


Fragile page inside codex curls (13, three words)

Pieces of pasta, clean, in larder (6)

Shrewd, backing your sport (7)

Classical tenor twitching (5)

Captain overlooks river (4)

Urchin assembled heap of stones (5)

Tapioca, marvellous stuff (4)

Study eastern star (5)

Get rid of fabric with defect (5)

Writers of rapturous pieces submit birthday essays (13)

Distinguish artisan beer no longer (7)

Fierce oil painters like Homer’s work (6)

Typical example from inept editor (7)

Next pew mostly free (6)

Symbolic of sulk, chop tuft of hair (7)

Kind offering extolled (5)

Something accompanying dumplings (7)

Bollard thugs damaged (4)

Pass colourful place (5)

Board game won acclamation (7)

Second team on march (6)

Ordinary flawed human nature (7)

Marvel, inspecting bony frame (6)

Why specify rare medicine? (6)

Student group publicised (5)

Garnet, fine type, treasured (9)

Bed totally warm (8)

Private soldier’s helmet (5)

Crazy about coy star (6)

Pirate active in craft (6)

Immodest speech seems false (9)

Baker gives last slice (6)

Theorist, singular philosopher, right about copper (10)

Hesitant marsupial (4)

Mound, one expressing purpose (5)

Passing over opportunities? Vast regret (10)

Brave teacher quit (6)

Construct review afresh (5)

Aptly treated once positioned (6)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 19 March. 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 2348, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.