Crossword solution

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 8:00 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…

to 2164: Blank crossword

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The unclued lights are types of CROSS. Solver were required to indicate clearly the FYLFOT at the centre of the…

to 2163: Muscle

14 June 2014 8:00 am

The LITERAL QUINTET (13/22) was TERSE (37). 7A suggests ‘reest’, 40 steer, 5 stere, 6 ester, 19 trees and 26…

to 2162: Stand in

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Superfluous letters in definitions form the phrase HOLD THE FORT. Thematically created entries at 5, 10, 17, 19 and 38 are defined…

to 2161: Appellation contrôlée

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights begin with DOC (the Italian abbreviated equivalent of APPELLATION CONTRÔLÉE).  First prize Dennis Cotterell, CarlisleRunners-up Clare Reynolds,…

to 2160: 18 down

24 May 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all CHARACTERS (18D) in Plato’s dialogues, all but SOCRATES (1A) appearing in titles. In six cells,…

to 2159: Wine, woman & song

17 May 2014 9:00 am

The three groups associated with EMPEROR (24) were MOTHS (1A, 25D, 39), PAPER SIZES (9, 16A, 44), and PENGUINS (13,…

to 2158: Late bloomers

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the surnames of people (nine of whom were botanists) who gave their names to flowers.  First…

To 2157: Song X

3 May 2014 9:00 am

If the grid were a TIMEPIECE (13/12), the six perimetric words (GRANITE, LIMESTONE, SERPENTINE, GREYWACKE, DALRADIAN and HORNFELS) might collectively…

to 2156: Shoreline

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The perimeter is occupied by seven SANDPIPERS.  First prize Tim Hanks, Douglas, Isle of ManRunners-up Hilda Ball, Belfast; B. Taylor,…