Crossword solution

to 2357: Half a Drum

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights were five fictional TOMs and their authors: JONES (14A) and FIELDING (8D), SAWYER (16A) and TWAIN (35A), BROWN (41A)…

to 2356: Beetle

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are compositions by Vaughan Williams; 17, 19/8, 21/23, 27/11, 36/4, 43/28 with the title of the puzzle…

to 2355: A Poet Skylarking

12 May 2018 9:00 am

13 1A 23 22 is from SHELLEY’S ‘Ode to a Skylark’. Other unclued lights had ‘a poet hidden in the…

to 2354: Pioneering

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Parts indicated in clues in italics must each BREAK NEW GROUND (1A 4A), creating entries at 6, 13, 26, 39…

to 2353: Too many

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are (too many) TV COOKS, individually at 18, 21 and 28, and paired at 25/13, 27/1A, 30D/10…

to 2352: Upright Characters

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘THE WRITING ON THE WALL’ (Daniel 5.5) at 12/22/41 was ‘MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN’ at 23/16/26, according to Brewer, which…

to 2351: Triplets

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights associated with IRIS are: flowers (2, 11, 40), Greek goddesses (10, 16, 30), and parts of the eye…

to 2350: Pieces

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are classical French plays (‘PIÈCES’) by Corneille (9, 18, 21A), Molière (11, 23, and 21D/29) and Racine (1A,…

to 2349: Novel

31 March 2018 8:00 am

The novel was HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster. Round the perimeter run the characters LEONARD BAST, PERCY CAHILL, MARGARET SCHLEGEL…

to 2348: It’s a trap

24 March 2018 9:00 am

‘Now is the woodcock near the gin’, said by Fabian in Twelfth Night, suggests the position of BECASSE in relation…

to 2347: Capital letters

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are LETTERS in alphabetical order which, when rearranged, give the names of eight CAPITAL cities.  First prize Lucy…

to 2346: the name of the game

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The unclued entries are all names for pontoon; extra words in 27, 31, 33, 34 and 36 needed the letters…

to 2345: Counterclaim

3 March 2018 9:00 am

The puzzle’s NUMERICAL DESIGNATION (3 41) is preceded by 7A and followed by 7D 12 33 37 to form the…

to 2344: I’m away

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be preceded by or followed by the unclued word DOCTOR, which explains why I (Doc) am…

to 2343: Rats!

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The perimeter quote is by Nietzsche (taking the 1 in the top left corner as the first word). Other unclued lights…

to 2342: Decorative

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The key terms are ART NOUVEAU (12) and JUGENDSTIL (19). One indicates 24 and 28D, and the other can be…

to 2341: Durum, durum

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are varieties of PASTA.  First prize J Cookson, Cheltenham, GloucestershireRunners-up Margaret Shiels, Edinburgh; D King, Leeds

to 2340: Booboos

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Amongst the many ‘aphorisms’ of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees baseball manager, were ‘The future ain’t what it used…

to 2339: Interesting

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Deployment of a GRABBING CRANE (1D) is required to complete entries at 11, 13, 21 and 23. 1A, 19 and…

to 2338: Fone

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are former and current F1 teams.  First prize Ronald Morton, Basingstoke, HantsRunners-up Revd J. Thackray, Ipswich, Suffolk;…

to 2337: millefeuille

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Links with NAPOLEON were his battles WAGRAM (10) MARENGO (14) JENA (36); card games BACCARAT (1A) PATIENCE (26) BRAG (30A);…

to 2336: IRRELEVANT

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The action that results in 6, 10, 29D and 30 is HAIR-RAISING (7, defined by 5). RAISING A HARE (39)…

to 2335: CHIPPY

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPUTING terms.  First prize D.A. Henderson, Almonte, Ontario, CanadaRunners-up Robin Muir, Compton, West Sussex; Ian Shiels,…

to 2334: sweet variations

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Four types of CAKE (37) were given UPSIDE-DOWN (5): 10D, 20D, 31D and 33D. Four other types of cake were…

to 2333: Unchangeable

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Answers to clues in italics are SET IN STONE (38). Resulting entries at 1, 2, 14, 25 and 43 (in…