Crossword solution

to 2374: Watch your step

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are DANCES. First prize K.J. Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester. Runners-up Bridget Workman, Purley;C.S.G Elengorn, Enfield.

to 2373: Susurrus

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The theme was The Wind in the Willows (suggested by the title). RATTY defined 9, 13 and 22; MOLE defined 7,…

2372: Spot-on

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The key phrase is LIKE A TANSY (39). The scientific name of the tansy is TANACETUM VULGARE (4A 12); remaining…

to 2371: In a paddy

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights and those clued without thematic definition (2, 11, 26, 33 and 42) are Irish forenames. Nuala Considine’s…

to 2370: Problem XII

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The numbers were linked to titles of classic works of FICTION (12): The Two DROVERS (26) (Walter Scott), The Three MUSKETEERS…

to 2369: Prodigious

18 August 2018 9:00 am

WUNDERKIND — given by corrections of misprints in clues — can be read as W UNDER KIND, indicating the unclued…

to 2368: Cobbled together

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (6, 20/9, 21, 23/31, 30D/13, 34/3 and 42/32) are characters in Coronation Street with its COBBLED streets.  First…

to 2367: When pigs fly

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The quotation ‘NEVER (1A), NEVER (35), NEVER (41), NEVER (7), NEVER (32)!’ is from King Lear (V.iii.310). Lear was the…

to 2366: The square

28 July 2018 9:00 am

THE RUSSIA HOUSE, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and A MURDER OF QUALITY are novels by JOHN (41) LE CARRÉ, whose…

to 2365: Beds

21 July 2018 9:00 am

GARDEN (at 46 Across) reveals the theme. Paired solutions are ‘gardens’ in ‘countries’; 8/10, 32/1D, 33/28+29, 12/36, 37/34, 38/2, and…

to 2364: Frolicsome Threesome

14 July 2018 9:00 am

WEIN (2D) suggests 21, 35 and 37 (German wines); WEIB suggests 10, 25 and 42 (Germanic female names); GESANG suggests 14,…

to 2363: Case ending

7 July 2018 9:00 am

In Henry VI part II, Dick says to Cade: ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’, thus…

to 2362: MEN OF NOTE IV

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPOSERS whose surnames begin with the letter D.  First prize E.C. Hynard, GuernseyRunners-up Geran Jones, London…

to 2361: Snoot

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are anagrams of the names of Scottish towns. Dalry (12), Dundee (14)), Brechin (27), Kelso (1D),  Peterhead…

to 2360: Diplomatic

16 June 2018 9:00 am

THE AMBASSADORS (1D) by HANS HOLBEIN (15 16) includes, as a MEMENTO MORI (17 27), an ANAMORPHIC (11) depiction of…

to 2359: Down

9 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be preceded by BLUE which was hidden at the start of the third row and had…

to 2358: Poem IV

2 June 2018 9:00 am

The poem was ‘Composed upon WESTMINSTER (1A) Bridge’ by William WORDSWORTH (1D). The words are ASLEEP (20), DOMES (36), EARTH…

to 2357: Half a Drum

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights were five fictional TOMs and their authors: JONES (14A) and FIELDING (8D), SAWYER (16A) and TWAIN (35A), BROWN (41A)…

to 2356: Beetle

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are compositions by Vaughan Williams; 17, 19/8, 21/23, 27/11, 36/4, 43/28 with the title of the puzzle…

to 2355: A Poet Skylarking

12 May 2018 9:00 am

13 1A 23 22 is from SHELLEY’S ‘Ode to a Skylark’. Other unclued lights had ‘a poet hidden in the…

to 2354: Pioneering

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Parts indicated in clues in italics must each BREAK NEW GROUND (1A 4A), creating entries at 6, 13, 26, 39…

to 2353: Too many

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are (too many) TV COOKS, individually at 18, 21 and 28, and paired at 25/13, 27/1A, 30D/10…

to 2352: Upright Characters

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘THE WRITING ON THE WALL’ (Daniel 5.5) at 12/22/41 was ‘MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN’ at 23/16/26, according to Brewer, which…

to 2351: Triplets

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights associated with IRIS are: flowers (2, 11, 40), Greek goddesses (10, 16, 30), and parts of the eye…

to 2350: Pieces

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are classical French plays (‘PIÈCES’) by Corneille (9, 18, 21A), Molière (11, 23, and 21D/29) and Racine (1A,…