Crossword solution

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…

to 2274: round and round

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are stations of the London Underground CIRCLE Line. BAYSWATER is the paired theme-word. Solvers had to highlight…

to 2273: Numbers

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Round the perimeter run the titles of three songs from the musical Guys and Dolls, epitomised by SKY (28) Masterson…

to 2272: Holiday time

27 August 2016 9:00 am

21 and 41 are definitions of SUMMER; RECESS defines each of the other unclued lights.  First prize Rhiannon Hales, Ilfracombe,…

to 2271: I’m not here or there

20 August 2016 9:00 am

All but one of the unclued lights can be preceded by DOCTOR (or in one case DOC). The title also…

to 2270: Hard

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Seven unclued lights were names of VERSE-MEN (22) minus one letter: VI(R)GIL (1A), BRO(O)KE (15A), BRID(G)ES (16), DON(N)E (9), S(P)ENDER…

to 2269: Humiliation

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Answers to clues in italics are Clockwise (16), mondial (25), smugly (26), mushroomed (15) and pantable (32), each of which…

To 2268: In state

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are US STATE CAPITALS. First prize Stewart Jones, Winchester, HantsRunners-up John M. Brown, Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffs; Gareth Davies,…