2637: Born to sing

The unclued lights (one of two words, and the remainder when paired correctly) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Ignore two apostrophes.


7    Scottish seagull’s gullet (3)

13    Pull back leading troops president recalled (7)

15    Chocolate powder run over in taxi (5)

16    Overwhelmed, Laura was hampered a bit (5)

17    Reporters on Daily Record ignoring first workers’ home (6)

18    Biden, injured, is laid up (2,3)

21    Australia’s Finch from bazaar, going regularly (5)

22    What those in agreement are of the same view (3,4)

27    Coarse fellow admits nothing’s right. Beware! (4,3)…

29    …and he finally embraces other ones! (5)

30    One-time GI getting confused, sticking to line (6)

32    In Denver a house reflects international US airport (5)

34    Himalayan tree adored all over the place (6)

36    Otherwise, one fine century, on reflection (2,3)

37    She is a redhead and has gone back out (5)

38    Caprice’s take away ruined these purgatives (7)

39    Doctor cutting fish in cold zone (6)

40    Retiring to fairground stall (3)

41    They provide proteins from spirited pet (3-8)


2    Frequently takes papers on round (3-5)

3    Arab girls repositioned safety handles (4,5)

4    Would-be adventurers not going home (7-5)

5    Babies’ outfits for a single afternoon break? No thanks (7)

6    Catch footballer after indecisive result (8)

9    Could be a rifle misplaced on a pew (6)

10    London team spurned by Poles in the region (5)

14    Final Molière play about China (7,5)

19    Investments a single person relies one (4,6)

21    Ransom or another movie (9)

23    Money withdrawn invested in flat power unit (8)

28    Will’s interest in America essentially wavered (6)

31    England cricket captain’s sticky patch, getting caught at Headingley, first (5)

35    River emergency – councillor’s resigned (4)

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A first prize of £30 and two runners-up prizes of £20 for the first correct solutions opened on 5 February. Please scan or photograph entries and email them (including the crossword number in the subject field) to, or post to: Crossword 2637, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP.

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