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The unclued lights can be paired in some way or other. One is of two words.


1    Distrain a dog brutally leading to loss of status (12)

10    Deep blue of Mediterranean ‘îles’ (4)

14   When this fish turns, it’s not fit for eating (3)

17    Pays attention to journalist when he’s around (5)

18    ‘Let It Be’ almost ruined with inclusion of classy little singer (7, two words)

19    Trees that appear to be almost uncharted (6)

22    Love in a home on the water (6)

24    Fellow back in police custody (5)

26    Such a company about to get by, with Conservative’s behind (9)

27    Economic deficits – snares into which the old have fallen back (9, two words)

29    Deep in retreat, Irish gods (5)

31    Be disposed to worry dogged by tax officer (6, two words)

34    Academic, regrettably, rebuffed peace gesture (6)

36    Competent father cutting wire (7)

38    Wind, awfully wet, sheltering at home (5)

39    A new crisis erupts causing bloomers to be made (8)

40    Expert fancies ignoring the odds (3)

42    Like some previous edition? (4)

43    Innate tendency to censure and hurt (12, two words)


3    Iris, cheerful university type (7)

4    A period return to, say, Wembley (5)

6    Harley Street doctor – no sharer of tea (6)

7    Sheath used in procreation (5)

8    Hooks a French carp ideally, for starters (4)

9    Public houses? (12, two words)

11    From fish, seaweed and sulphur, something perfect for chemist (8, two words)

13    Pole redesigned that nice cart (12, two words)

16    Television company’s palm (3)

28    A near shave with hands laid off? (7, two words)

30    Girl cut into firm material (6)}

32    Circuit of Silverstone provided amusement, at first (3)

33    Girl takes the biscuit (5)

35    Neil Armstrong, first to return from another world? (5)

37    She is able to retire with what was very little money abroad (4)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 January. 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 2389, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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