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2302: Urbane turban

25 March 2017 9:00 am

The solutions to twelve clues, all of which lack definition, have to be adapted as the title indicates before the…

to 2299: Pieces of Eight

25 March 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including 28/3 in its English translation, are compositions by Carl Nielsen, (i.e. pieces of 8 Down).  First…

2299: Pieces of Eight

4 March 2017 9:00 am

One unclued light is the origin of the remaining unclued lights (three of two words), individually or as a pair.…

to 2296: Men of note

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are seven COMPOSERS whose surnames begin with A to G, along with the eighth beginning with H,…

2296: Men of note

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights, which include the German eighth, are of a kind. Ignore all accents.   Across 1    Lines fish…

to 2293: Topping

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are items of headgear.  First prize Tony Watson, Twyford, BerkshireRunners-up Philip Berridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire; R.C. Teuton, Frampton…

2293: Topping

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words and one hyphened) are of a kind, all verifiable in Chambers.   Across…

to 2290: Timely II

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Perimetric trios combine to suggest HOG/MAN/AY: SHILLING, MALE, INDEED; SWINE, ATTENDANT, YES; MOUND, EMPLOYEE, EVER. The relevant activity is FIRST-FOOTING…

to 2287: Quarry

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Unclued lights are types of LIMESTONE. First prize Frances Whitehead, Harrogate, North YorksRunners-up Margaret Almond, Sholing, Hants; P.D.H. Riddell, London…

2289: I don’t believe it!

3 December 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights, as a singleton and four pairs with one unclued light doing double duty, are of a kind,…

to 2286: B

3 December 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are provinces or areas of BELGIUM.  First prize C.R. Haigh, Hassocks, West SussexRunners-up Frank McDonald, Carron, Falkirk;…

2286: B

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are of a kind. Ignore one grave accent.   Across   1    Hails a picador, awfully exciting…

to 2283: be damned

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are PUBLISHING FIRMS. Our apologies for the omission of clue 42 Across. It went missing during the…

2283: Be damned

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words, one of three and-another of four components) are of a kind. Chambers gives…

to 2280: Acorns

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are famous British OAK trees.  First prize Gerry Fairweather, Layer Marney, EssexRunners-up Mrs L. Ashley, Shoreham-by-Sea, West…

2280: Acorns

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Ignore one apostrophe.   Across   1     Top for…

to 2277: Royalty

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The theme word is KING and the pairs are 4/41, 14/1A, 19/27, 34/16 and 38/24.  First prize C.V. Clark, London…

2277: Royalty

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Having solved the puzzle, solvers are required to highlight a 2×2 square which contains the four letters of the otherwise…

to 2274: round and round

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are stations of the London Underground CIRCLE Line. BAYSWATER is the paired theme-word. Solvers had to highlight…

2274: Round and round

20 August 2016 9:00 am

The perimeter squares yield six theme-words in order, though any one of them can come first. The remaining unclued lights…

to 2271: I’m not here or there

20 August 2016 9:00 am

All but one of the unclued lights can be preceded by DOCTOR (or in one case DOC). The title also…

To 2268: In state

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are US STATE CAPITALS. First prize Stewart Jones, Winchester, HantsRunners-up John M. Brown, Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffs; Gareth Davies,…

2268: In state

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer among other reference books. Elsewhere, ignore…

To 2265: POURING

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights Across are CATS and the unclued lights Down are DOGS.  First prize John Kitchen, Breachwood Green, HertsRunners-up…

2265: Pouring

18 June 2016 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights (two of two words) are of a kind, as are the unclued Down ones, all verifiable…