Crossword solution

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…

to 2332: glad all over

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are preceded by HAPPY to yield phrases listed in Brewer.  First prize Tony Hankey, London W4Runners-up C.…

to 2331: Anagrams

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The suggested words were ESTER (1), REEST (20), TERSE (24), TREES (43), TERES (6D), RESET (9), TEERS (23), STERE (30)…

to 2330: IMAGE

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The poem ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ (originally ‘XXII’) by William Carlos Williams is considered perhaps the foremost example of IMAGISM.  First…

to 2329: PLACES TO EAT

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The paired unclued lights are food items which include a place-name. BATH and BUNS do double duty, BUNS is the plural…

Solution to 2328: Second coming

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The suggested title is Brideshead Revisited, HEEDS/RABID (6A/42) being an anagram of BRIDESHEAD. The six characters, all members of the Flyte…

to 2327: Exhibition

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Five unclued lights (1D, 14, 21, 24 and 41) are titles of paintings by EDWARD HOPPER (5 39).  First prize…

to 2326: ‘Suits you, sir!’

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are part of a SUIT of armour.  First prize Clive Rose, Henley on Thames, OxonRunners-up Virginia Porter,…

to 2325: Hard task

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The theme was PIGS.  First prize J. E. Green, St Albans, HertfordshireRunners-up Michael Moran, Penrith, Cumbria; John M. Brown, Rolleston…