Crossword solution

to 2405: Satanic

18 May 2019 9:00 am

DEVILS at 33D (its ‘essence’ is ‘EVIL’) is linked with ‘Malevolence’ (13) and ‘Roguish’ (19) and Devil’s CANDLESTICK (1), ON…

to 2404: 1+2 = 3+4

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The first and second letters of the unclued lights are the same as the third and fourth ones. All the…

to 2403: Hexad

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The second and fourth letters of six unclued lights gave abbreviations of the states forming New England: ACATER (13) Connecticut, ERNIE…

Solution to 2402: Test Pilots

27 April 2019 9:00 am

BOYCOTT (24), GOWER (25), MAY (40), GRACE (2), STRAUSS (23), HAMMOND (27), CLOSE (34), and ROOT (36) have all held…

to 2401: sign here please

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ACCENTS or DIACRITICAL SIGNS and any appearing on letters in the grid had to be ignored.  First…

to 2400: Unclued

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The preamble suggests that unclued entries are partial anagrams of UNCLUED. The ‘repeated cryptic clue (= anagram of CLUE)’ ‘fixes…

to 2399: Lines of Work

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights form the folk rhyme ‘Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief’.  A.A. Milne (MILNE…

to 2398: All steamed up

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the names of FAMOUS STEAM TRAINS including the pairs at 14/15 and 17/30.  First prize Jenny…

to 2397: Obit V

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Albert Finney, a fine ACTOR (13), died on 7 February 2019. His legacy includes SATURDAY NIGHT (10) and SUNDAY MORNING…

to 2396: Reader …,

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights were husbands (40A) of Jane Austen’s heroines.  First prize Alison Hinder, Sholing, SouthamptonRunners-up Janet Dibley, Polegate, East Sussex;…

2395: Concise Crossword

9 March 2019 9:00 am

The seven concise clues lead to: heALth centre (3,31), HEARTbreak (9), midrIFf (26), last of alL (40), out of afRIca…

to 2394: Opening time

2 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Never eat an oyster unless there’s an R in the month’ (Brewer). Eight unclued lights (in appropriate order) start with abbreviations…

to 2393: Monster Mash-up

23 February 2019 9:00 am

HORROR FILM (1D) ACTOR (15) BORIS (10) KARLOFF (26), né PRATT (21A) died on 2 February 1969. Most famous for…

to 2392: Beknighted

16 February 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (10/1D, 11, 23/38, 29D/28 and 39) received knighthoods or a DBE in the recent New Year’s Honours List.…

2391: Stout and bubbly

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The LITTLE GENTLEMAN IN BLACK VELVET (4/8/16D) was a Jacobite toast to the MOLE (34) who made the molehill on…

2390: Tea Shop

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The theme word is GRASS (for which the title is a cryptic clue). 1A, 1D, 6 and 37 are informers;…

to 2389: All change

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The paired unclued lights are anagrams of one another, most being symmetrically arranged; 2/21, 5/23, 12/41, 15/25, 19D/20.  First prize Alan Peevers,…

to 2388: Sea rocket

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The quotation was ‘IN MY BEGINNING IS MY END’ (12/15) from East Coker (an anagram of the title), second poem…

2387: On the Spot

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The HISPANIOLA was the ship that brought the other unclued answers to TREASURE ISLAND in the novel by R L…

to 2386: Outside what we know

15 December 2018 9:00 am

ROUND THE HORNE (32/40/37) starred 6/37, 6/23, 1A, 14 and 8/13. The title suggested their other comedy show, Beyond Our Ken.…

to 2385: R and R

8 December 2018 9:00 am

The two people were Prince RUPERT (12) of the Rhine, born 1619 in PRAGUE (6) and died 1682 in WESTMINSTER…

to 2384: bang!

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights, individually or as a pair (38/9), are FIREWORKS.  First prize F. Whitehead, Harrogate, North YorksRunners-up I. Livingston, Wilmslow, Cheshire;…

to 2383: Flagged

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are presenters of BLUE PETER: individually at 39; pairs are 3/2, 7/22, 15A/15D, 15A/17, 25/14, and 32/31,…

to 2382: A pointed remark

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The quotation is 10/11/39. Remaining unclued lights are all daggers.  First prize G. Snailham, WindsorRunners-up Lynne Gilchrist, Willoughby, New South…

to 2381: Step changes

10 November 2018 9:00 am

The word ladder connecting UNITED and STATES goes: UNITES (1D), URITES (18), WRITES (7D), WHITES (34), WHILES (30A), WHALES (7A),…