Crossword solution

to 2139: Separated

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The key word is BUTTERMILK (8), which can be separated into words defined by 15, 27, 40; 4, 23, 25;…

to 2138: Hundred centimes

30 November 2013 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are words abbreviated by C (= 100) and the unclued Down lights are abbreviated by c…

to 2137: Speculation

23 November 2013 9:00 am

The two words were BULL and BEAR. BULL is suggested by 36, 41, 6 and 10; BEAR by 34, 37,…

To 2136: Howdunit

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Six of the unclued entries contained the Cluedo character surnames; the remaining unclued entries were therefore a murder weapon and…

To 2135: Strange

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are CONDUCTORS (SARGENT is an anagram of the title STRANGE).  First prize Roderick Rhodes, Goldsborough, North YorksRunners-up…

To 2134: Mere letters

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The pairs of anagrams were of countries and their capitals: Dominica & Roseau (2 & 11); Latvia & Riga (20…

To 2133: FM

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Initial letters of superfluous words in clues give titles of ALBUMS (29D) by FLEETWOOD MAC (39).  8A, 25, 33 and…

2132: Ricochet

19 October 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights, when paired 12/20, 16/33, 25/29, 31/6, 42/2, are RICOCHET or reduplicated words.  First prize Mrs Rhiannon Hales,…

To 2131: present

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Redundant words were: IRAQI (1A), ADO (5A), AENEAS (39A), EPEE (5D), AREA (25D). In line with 16/17, remaining unclued lights…

To 2130: Elusive

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues give the assertion by HOUSMAN (31) that ‘I could no more define poetry than a terrier…

to 2129: DUMPYNOSE

28 September 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights (1A, 1D/36, 4/31D, 5/27, 15/16A, 16D, 25A/40, 42 are each the PSEUDONYM (anagram of ‘Dumpynose’) of a…

Solution to 2128: carbon copy

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The puzzle marked a DOUBLE TON (42/27) by DUMPYNOSE (11) in THE SPECTATOR (17/19). Remaining unclued lights suggest a DOUBLETON:…

Solution to 2127: Dire straits

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Twelve unclued lights are names of ARTISTS which are ANAGRAMS (9) of superfluous words in clues.  First prize E. Hogg,…

To 2126: Word Building

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The chain of anagrams is as follows: 40, 8, 18, 25, 22, 23, 21D, 19, 1A  First prize Robert Hirst,…

Solution to 2125: Nil desperandum

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The part quotation was ‘BUT WESTWARD, LOOK, THE LAND’ (1/5/28) from Say not the struggle naught availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough.…

To 2124: Pack

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Seven unclued lights are STUFFED ANIMALS (13 18) — i.e. deer, horse, anoa, cat, seal, tup and boar, filled with…

To 2123: Go on then!

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are characters from The Goon Show. The paired solutions are 22/20, 32/35 and 37/9.  First prize Phillip Wickens,…

Solution to 2122: Theme and Variations

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The theme word is GRAVES: 19, 34 and 40 are famous cemeteries; 17, 28 and 39 are wines from SW…

Solution to 2121: Take Care

3 August 2013 9:00 am

All the unclued lights mean ‘Goodbye’.  First prize Alan Donovan, Croydon, SurreyRunners-up Mary Varela, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex; Geoffrey Telfer, Shipley,…

Solution to 2120: Urban — or what?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are foreign cities, as known in their own countries.  First prize  Vicky Thomas, Apokoronas, CreteRunners-up  Mrs F.…

Solution to 2119: Filial request

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The full quotation was ‘Mother, GIVE ME THE SUN’ (14/7) from Ghosts by HENRIK IBSEN (29/1D). Remaining unclued lights give…

to 2118: Unreliable

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights are EXPERTS (24), whom — according to the words of LORD SALISBURY (9) supplied by superfluous and…

to 2117: Highlands and islands

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The twenty-two lochs which did not fit into the grid are, in order of their appearance in the story: Ainort,…

Solution to 2116: Splish splash

29 June 2013 9:00 am

The part quotation was ‘WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE’ (15A/35/1D) from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by COLERIDGE (20). Remaining unclued…

solution to 2115: typos

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Unclued lights are TYROS. Corrections of misprints (including one in the title) give the alternative title ROOKIES.  First prize E.…