Crossword solution

To 2189: Offering

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Answers to clues in italics — stramash (1A), pasteboard (33) and lineated (36) — are treated as in the ROMAN…

To 2188: Pieces of eight

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The eight unclued lights are anagrams of eight clued solutions: 2/12, 3/13, 8/35, 16/40, 18/28, 19/30, 24/27 and 26/38. First…

To 2187: River and islands

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The theme word is PHOENIX (38A). 6A, 12A and 26A are legendary birds; 15A, 28A and 4D are state capitals;…

2186: From the off

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Unclued lights (11/1D, 12/35, 15, 18/1D and 22/17) are fences of the Grand National course, together with two famous winners…

To 2185: Over the sea

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The unclued are locations on SKYE, ‘The Misty Isle’ (solutions at 15 and 31). ISLE does double duty in 15/31…

To 2184: Airline

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Unclued lights each contained a different TREY (20) from the alphabet: AFGHAN (24), CANOPY (27), DINGHIES (42), DABCHICK (1D), HYMNODY…

To 2183: Group theory

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues plus 1A give ‘the separation of philosophers into sages and cranks’, an extract from a quotation…

To 2182: Tops

25 October 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ROMAN CROWNS. First prize Philip Hawkins, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire Runners-up G.H.Willetts, London SW19; Chris Edwards, Pudsey,…

To 2181: Obit II

18 October 2014 9:00 am

The END (19) of Rameau, a great COMPOSER (1A) of OPERAS (6) and for the CLAVECIN (1D), occurred in PARIS…

To 2180: Superfluous

11 October 2014 9:00 am

FURBELOWS — given by initial letters of superfluous words in clues — can be read as FUR BELOW S, indicating…

To 2179: Cos

4 October 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are abbreviations of seven English and one Welsh county, which themselves are inflected headwords in Chambers. (Consequently,…

To 2178: Saint and playwright

27 September 2014 9:00 am

In Vanity Fair (18/2), George Osborne is associated with 6/30 and 10/31. As Chancellor, he was preceded by 8, 26…

To 2177: Amaze

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Songs by KATE BUSH include WUTHERING HEIGHTS, HAMMER HORROR, HOUNDS OF LOVE and CLOUDBUSTING in the perimeter, and (defined by…

to 2176: ,

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are BUTTERFLIES (as is the ‘comma’ in the title). The pairs are 7/34A, 13/24, 33/6 and 35/25.…

to 2175: Elated grunt

6 September 2014 9:00 am

The four works were Waverley (anagram of 12/21), Kenilworth (15/8), The Talisman (29/2) and Ivanhoe (38/37) by SIR WALTER SCOTT (diagonally…

To 2174: Difficulty

30 August 2014 9:00 am

The key phrase is KNOW WHERE THE SHOE PINCHES (12 38 43). Each of the partially indicated answers is pinched…

to 2173: Men of note

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPOSERS whose surnames start with the letter C.  First prize C.R. Haigh, Hassocks, West SussexRunners-up Kenneth…

Solution to 2172: Para

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Gerry Goffin, popular LYRICIST (40), died on 19 June 2014. He wrote the perimetric songs IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN…

to 2171: 31 Across

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The seven 2×2 squares each used the letters STAR in order, and depicted the seven major stars that make up…

to 2170: Hector’s summer nights

2 August 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the titles of the six movements of Nuits d’Eté (Summer Nights in translation) by Hector Berlioz:…

to 2169: Land

26 July 2014 9:00 am

The grid represents Germany, with six bordering countries round the edge, and four cities in the interior, positioned roughly appropriately…

to 2168: History exam

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Initial letters of superfluous words in clues give nightingale, quail and cuckoo, specimens of AVIFAUNA (5) represented by FLUTE (43),…

to 2167: Groupies

12 July 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ‘nouns of assemblage’, all listed on page 6 of the Word Lover’s Miscellany section in Chambers…

To 2166: Somewhere X

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Somewhere next to GUYANA (34) and BRAZIL (12), DUTCH (33) is SPOKEN (25), the highest mountain is JULIANA TOP (1D),…

to 2165: Not far off

28 June 2014 9:00 am

According to Fred HOYLE (24), SPACE is ‘only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards’ (10…