Crossword solution

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.…

Solution to 2114: MMCXIV/CCCII

15 June 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are headwords in Brewer under the SEVEN heading. The title indicates the sum ‘2114 divided by 302…

Solution to 2113: Recycling

8 June 2013 9:00 am

The ‘circular chain’ (or RING CYCLE) of items was: RING CYCLE (anag of RECYCLING), GLYCERINE, GENERICAL, CAREENING, TANGERINE, ARGENTINA, WAGNERIAN,…

Solution to 2112: Refer

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues give cancrine and Sotadean, both meaning PALINDROMIC, which describes each of the unclued lights and also…

2111: Father figures

25 May 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the four members of ABBA (which means ‘father’), at 11/21, 12/40, 16/7 and 39/10.  First prize…

Solution to 2110: resort

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Unclued lights are anagrams of seaside resorts in southern England: Paignton (1A), Seaford (32), Margate (33), Ramsgate (40), Salcombe (7),…

2109: Not Quite 50 Shades

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Unclued lights were winners of the NOBEL PRIZE (11A) for literature and their works. Each work contained a colour in…

Solution to 2108: Capital Fellows

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the surnames of the London WORTHIES, which had to be highlighted along the top row.  First…

2107: Problem X

27 April 2013 9:00 am

FILM FANS (18) will know that numbers in the problem are linked to film titles: Seven BRIDES (1D) for Seven…