Crossword solution

To 2256: 11 x 11

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights reveal ELEVEN (five English and six Scottish) league football teams (3/38, 4/1D, 10, 14, 18, 18/28, 19,…

To 2255: In the pink

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Oscar WILDE (35) described hunting as THE UNSPEAKABLE IN FULL PURSUIT OF THE UNEATABLE (1A, 14, 30, 42), and the…

To 2254: Ecofriendly

23 April 2016 9:00 am

To create entries at 5, 9, 20, 29D and 41, answers to clues in italics become TREE-HUGGERS (15), embracing sallow,…

To 2253: Your starter for ten

16 April 2016 9:00 am

FIRST, the ‘starter’ solution at 10 Down, can be linked with the other unclued lights, with it also appearing twice…

To 2252: Writer deploys me

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The works were Striding Folly (anagram of 11/22), Whose Body? (36/1D), The Nine Tailors (2/48), Strong Poison (9/30) and Gaudy…

To 2251: Animal track

2 April 2016 9:00 am

WILD HORSES, the title of a track on STICKY FINGERS (1D) by the ROLLING STONES (12), defines the other unclued…

To 2250: Knavish

26 March 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be preceded by JACK.  First prize Margaret Lusk, Preston, LancsRunners-up P.D.H. Riddell, London SE23; Derek Willan,…

to 2249: Transformation

19 March 2016 9:00 am

In line with 10A, other unclued lights were anagrams of US states: 17A ILLINOIS; 29A MARYLAND; 35A UTAH; 7D TEXAS;…

To 2248: In the stars

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The starred words in the clues are EYE, RAIL, SAGE, SNAP, TRAP, HIDE, NUTS, GUN, EE. They combine with nine…

Crossword solution 2247: Commoners II

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are some of the Wombles of Wimbledon COMMON, paired at 25/21, 31/16 and 35/10. First prize Belinda…

Solution to 2246: Where’s Maggie?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The play was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. The characters were BRICK (1A), DOCTOR BAUGH (7/5),…

To 2245: Fair and square

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Corrections of misprints give A GRECIAN URN. The POET (23) reporting its message (perimeter + 4 30) is KEATS (42). First…

To 2244: Faithful

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights are DOGS from the classics, legend or of noted people. First prize David Maddison, London E1 Runners-up…

To 2243: Obit III

6 February 2016 9:00 am

WARREN MITCHELL (42/43), STAR (39) of stage and screen, died on 14th November 2015. He won an Olivier Award as…

To 2242: Defeated

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Each partial answer indicated by a clue in italics is KNOCKED INTO A COCKED HAT (5 39). Resulting entries at…

To 2241: Customary

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights (1A, 1D, 6A/33, 13, 18, 32 and 38/24) are seven of the ‘Twelve Curious CUSTOMS Worth Reviving’,…

To 2240: Various sources

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The thematic term (formed by letters cut from definitions, 17, and letters added to definitions) is SCISSORS-AND-PASTE. Unclued lights are…

To 2239: ITOIX

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The unclued lights include the words ONE to NINE which had to be entered as figures 1 to 9 in…

To 2238: Old issues

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The title suggests BACK NUMBERS (8/15). Remaining unclued lights contain ‘back numbers’: GENEVESE (1A), MARXIST (20), GENETTE (24), XENON (37),…

To 2237: Experimental

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The publication is 11A. Other unclued lights are all anagrams (‘new’ versions) of scientists: 14A SEABORG; 22A EINSTEIN; 23A PASTEUR;…

To 2236: Alphabetical jigsaw

28 November 2015 9:00 am

First prize Mrs M. Purdie, Ceres, Cupar, Fife Runners-up Nick Hussey, Overton, Hampshire; K. Parekh, Wayne, Illinois

To 2235: Vile stuff

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The quotation was ‘IS THIS A [DAGGER] WHICH I SEE BEFORE ME’ (1/44) (Macbeth).18, 22, 2, 27, 29 and 30D…

To 2234: A greater measure

14 November 2015 9:00 am

MARCOBRUNNER (11) is composed of words whose definitions are 1D, 24, 32; 13, 17, 35; and 9, 29A, 38. First…

To 2233: Clutching at straws!

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The unclued lights are CHEESES. First prize M. Taylor, Eskbank, Midlothian Runners-up D.G. Page, Orpington, Kent; Katherine Griffin, Winchester, Hants

To 2232: Ups and downs

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The thematic phrase is ‘The Waves’, shown in a wave pattern in the grid. It is the title of a…