Crossword solution

to 2299: Pieces of Eight

25 March 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including 28/3 in its English translation, are compositions by Carl Nielsen, (i.e. pieces of 8 Down).  First…

to 2298: NOИ

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are titles of Russian novels minus their ‘and’ (И in Russian): 17 CRIME and 9 PUNISHMENT (Dostoevsky),…

to 2297: Thoroughly

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Corrections of misprints in clues give INSIDE OUT. Thematic entries at 2, 15A, 25, 30 and 39 are defined by…

to 2296: Men of note

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are seven COMPOSERS whose surnames begin with A to G, along with the eighth beginning with H,…

to 2295: Juicy

25 February 2017 9:00 am

The shared name was PERRY (18), shared by GRAYSON (28) Perry and Perry MASON (2). GP, whose alter ego is…

to 2294: Times Square

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perimeter words are names of the most recent GEOLOGICAL PERIODS.  First prize J.P Green, Uppingham, RutlandRunners-up Paul Jenkinson, Zollikon, Switzerland;…

to 2293: Topping

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are items of headgear.  First prize Tony Watson, Twyford, BerkshireRunners-up Philip Berridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire; R.C. Teuton, Frampton…

to 2292: Discovery

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Thematic names are 1A/22 and 25/34, author of The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure…

to 2291: Seriously?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Bill Shankly said: ‘Some people think football is a matter of life and death … ( I can assure them…

to 2290: Timely II

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Perimetric trios combine to suggest HOG/MAN/AY: SHILLING, MALE, INDEED; SWINE, ATTENDANT, YES; MOUND, EMPLOYEE, EVER. The relevant activity is FIRST-FOOTING…

to 2289: I don’t believe it!

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are expressions meaning NEVER (3A, 4D+43A, 21D+14D, 37A+1D and 37A+15D).  First prize Hilary James, London W5Runners-up David…

to 2288: Housey-housey

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Unclued lights are names of PARLIAMENTS.  First prize Judith Bevis, NewportRunners-up Hilda Ball, Belfast; Michael Grocott, Loughborough

to 2287: Quarry

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Unclued lights are types of LIMESTONE. First prize Frances Whitehead, Harrogate, North YorksRunners-up Margaret Almond, Sholing, Hants; P.D.H. Riddell, London…

to 2286: B

3 December 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are provinces or areas of BELGIUM.  First prize C.R. Haigh, Hassocks, West SussexRunners-up Frank McDonald, Carron, Falkirk;…

to 2285: Characterful

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The theme word was China, the Mandarin Chinese word for which is Zhongguo (the pinyin transliteration of 中国). Unclued lights…

to 2284: Shocking!

19 November 2016 9:00 am

In PYGMALION (21D), ELIZA (32) said NOT BLOODY LIKELY! (7A/9/12).  Synonyms were NEGATIVE (24), RARE (35), ODDS-ON (20). GB SHAW…

to 2283: be damned

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are PUBLISHING FIRMS. Our apologies for the omission of clue 42 Across. It went missing during the…

to 2282: Timely

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The perimetric quotation (referring to October), AMBIGUOUS MONTH, THE MONTH OF TENSION, THE UNENDURABLE MONTH’, is followed by DL, the initials…

to 2281: Fail

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues form the phrase BITE THE DUST. Thematically created entries at 10, 11, 19, 29 and 34…

to 2280: Acorns

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are famous British OAK trees.  First prize Gerry Fairweather, Layer Marney, EssexRunners-up Mrs L. Ashley, Shoreham-by-Sea, West…

to 2279: Where it’s at II

15 October 2016 9:00 am

The name was The Spectator. THESP (SARAH BERNHARDT: 37/19), EC (EAST CENTRAL: 36/20), TAT (HEMPEN MATTING: 5/15) and OR (LOGIC…

to 2278: Will Alterations

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Concealed Shakespearean characters were Rivers, Celia, Celia (again), Hamlet, Costard, Polonius, Snug, Hero, Gallus, Martius, Pistol, Collatine (The Rape of…

to 2277: Royalty

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The theme word is KING and the pairs are 4/41, 14/1A, 19/27, 34/16 and 38/24.  First prize C.V. Clark, London…

to 2276: Iron Man

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Clues with misprints were 16, 22, 24 and 34 Across and 2, 3, 6, 26, 31 and 36 Down. Corrections…

to 2275: Frame of reference

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Corrections of misprints in clues give CHAMBERS DICTIONARY, defining the items in the perimeter.  First prize David Heath, Euston, NewarkRunners-up…