Crossword solution

To 2206

2 May 2015 9:00 am

The thematic unclued lights (4D, 20D, 34D, 40A and 41A+27A) are COUNTRIES, and the other unclued lights are their anagrams,…

To 2205: In shape

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Unclued lights were set out in the form of two squares in the grid (shown here in red). The theme…

To 2204: Security

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Five perimeter entries, and 29 and 30, are types of BODYGUARD. First prize Amanda Spielman, London SW4 Runners-up Dr S.M.…

To 2203: Peeping toms

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The theme is CATS; the unclued Across lights are breeds of cats and unclued Down lights and TOPCAT (which had…

To 2202: Problem XI

4 April 2015 8:00 am

Seven unclued lights are ANAGRAMS (23) of numbers. 2 (7A) + 11 (17) + 10 (40) + 16 (5) +…

2201: Facility

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The words FAST FORWARD (given by letters added to definitions in clues) define 42 and 11, both indicating the way…

To 2200

21 March 2015 9:00 am

The unclued Down lights can be abbreviated as MM, and the unclued Across lights as CC. Together as MMCC, they…

To 2199: TV Comedy

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be arranged to give: ‘I decided to sell my Hoover … well, it was just collecting…

To 2198: Tuck in

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Corrections of misprints in clues give BETWEEN THE SHEETS, the name of a COCKTAIL (1A) whose contents (11, 18/34, 29…

To 2197: Missing

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The unclued lights are some of the words highlighted in Chambers 2011 which were unfortunately omitted from the 2014 edition…

To 2196: Diverse

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The quotation around the perimeter is from 25 — varieties of French cheese are highlighted.  First prize Hugh Aplin, London…

To 2195: In question

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Material from superfluous words in clues gives ‘fingers on buzzers’ (describing 2/20 and 8/33), ‘your starter for ten’ (indicating 31,…

To 2194: Joe Green

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The unclued lights (including 10/1A) are operas by Giuseppe Verdi (whose name in translation is Joe Green).  First prize Dr…

To 2193: Celebration II

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The MUSICIAN (21), Rod Stewart CBE (25A), was born LXX (16) years ago on 10th January 1945. The associated works…

To 2192: Never again

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights were papal names used only once. Pope JOAN (30) was the fanciful ninth.  First prize Michael Grosvenor…

To 2191: Bunk

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ambrose Bierce defined history as an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly…

To 2190: Petra

3 January 2015 9:00 am

‘ROCK OF AGES CLEFT FOR ME’ (1D/19) is a work by AUGUSTUS TOPLADY (18/13). ELIZABETH WINDSOR (4A/26) and MICHELLE OBAMA…

To 2189: Offering

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Answers to clues in italics — stramash (1A), pasteboard (33) and lineated (36) — are treated as in the ROMAN…

To 2188: Pieces of eight

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The eight unclued lights are anagrams of eight clued solutions: 2/12, 3/13, 8/35, 16/40, 18/28, 19/30, 24/27 and 26/38. First…

To 2187: River and islands

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The theme word is PHOENIX (38A). 6A, 12A and 26A are legendary birds; 15A, 28A and 4D are state capitals;…

2186: From the off

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Unclued lights (11/1D, 12/35, 15, 18/1D and 22/17) are fences of the Grand National course, together with two famous winners…

To 2185: Over the sea

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The unclued are locations on SKYE, ‘The Misty Isle’ (solutions at 15 and 31). ISLE does double duty in 15/31…

To 2184: Airline

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Unclued lights each contained a different TREY (20) from the alphabet: AFGHAN (24), CANOPY (27), DINGHIES (42), DABCHICK (1D), HYMNODY…

To 2183: Group theory

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues plus 1A give ‘the separation of philosophers into sages and cranks’, an extract from a quotation…

To 2182: Tops

25 October 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ROMAN CROWNS. First prize Philip Hawkins, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire Runners-up G.H.Willetts, London SW19; Chris Edwards, Pudsey,…