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Today

22 Oct 2020

Thursday

30 Jul 2020
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2468: Noah entry?

Eighteen clues contain deficient wordplay, the missing elements of which, when highlighted, confirm the theme. Across 1 Party with a previously haughty man (6) 6 Waste disposal initially declined (7) 11 Small braces (4) 12 Dog has a drink outside well (5, 4) 13 Boozer hugging a member’s tree (5, 3) 14 Old coins from the Parisian musical (6) 15 Bloody fool’s excellent! (5) 16 Plant box Alison covers (6) 18 Cash error — not good (3) 20 Officer deserting error-free break in (6) 21 High-tension Bletchley Park unit (3, 3) 22 Paint a terribly venomous snake (6) 23 Fast-moving quiet echinoderm (8) 29 Add to layer (8) 32 Dullard beat a groin (6) 33 Piece of black grass (6) 37 Some pseudo-insane behaviour (6) 39 Chief from Western Gabon? (3) 40 Barrier on grey ground (6) 41 Previous boss of brother (5) 42 Even vacated den being discussed (2, 4) 43 Awfully inept, so hurry (4, 2, 2) 44 Ex-race guys so desperate outside WC (9) 45 Food in unopened charcuterie (4)46 Scold boy about Tom (5, 2) 47 Old flame’s source changed assent (6) Down 1 Bearskin worn by old south American assistants (7) 2 Canadian novelist Harold, off and on (6) 3 Norfolk town business, half into hoax (8) 4 When set like an operational jet? (6) 5 Good, rough, short Indian carts (7) 6 Run after dissolute scavenger (5) 7 Message about posh fool over gaffe (4, 3) 8 Chip circuits backed upthen left (5) 9 Judge raised note to enter property (8) 10 Sleeping son 37 stirred (7) 12 A king — his law (5, 2) 17 Matthias regularly loves Sneezy’s report? (7) 19 Virgin Mary’s bet about daughter (3, 4) 24 Tuber in gutter, rotting (5, 3) 25 Tests vacuous petitions — they’re thin (7) 26 Will’s resolved powerless grants (2, 6) 27 Navy finally signed off boats (7) 28 Press first sarcastic type (7) 30 Very old book size (7)31 Orange article poor Jane’s buried (7) 34 Chance hospital annex is unfinished (6) 35 Musician is trapped by headless android (6) 36 See Russian girl’s flower there (5) 38 New way to save November, a month (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 17 August.

2468: Noah entry?

Thursday

18 Jun 2020
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2462: Over and Out?

The seventeen entries with definition-only clues are to be treated according to a symmetrically disposed theme which has to be highlighted. Other clues are normal; all enumerations are of entry lengths. Across 1 Bothers about losing, initially, eight pounds (6)7 Help senior NCO when cutting hair (6, two words)11 Wallop maker (10, hyphened) 13 A salt (5) 14 One fetching (5) 15 It, beer, runs over slacks (7)17 Recess (7) 18 One races by whichever French province (6)19 The beginning (4) 22 E.g. Co-op (6, two words) 24 Checking in, and again, interrupting Queen briefly (9, two words)25 Thumbs-ups about Queen Elizabeth’s tunes? (5)26 Remove, e.g., foil section of lunar module (5)28 Nearly-new turbine unstable – it’s blown up (9 two words) 30 Garment (6) 33 Reversed cross hatch, say (4)36 Carefully tilts, moving ring to the end (6, two words)39 Language of litigant discharging a criminal (7)40 Bound dictionary half-ruined internally (7)41 UK city guides delivered through headphones (5)42 Stop at sea (5, two words)43 Frustrate man about performance (10)44 Contribute towards entering engagement (6)45 They may show disapproval (6) Down 1 Extremely skimpy uncovered heap (6)2 Failing to begin tests for foreign coins (5)3 Gone after a month, initially nice figure (7)4 Calmness (6)5 Evil primarily occurring in Lent? (5)6 Bullying (9)7 Pound snatched by tight old dark character? (6)8 Having picked up offence, Blair perhaps adjusting tune (7)9 Great leg-over, I see! (5)10 Unmixed (6, hyphened)12 Skeletal part (10, hyphened)16 Men turned up to eat ridiculous cheese (10)20 Sound quality (4) 21 Sceptics ignore the first couple of symptoms (9)23 Misinterpret hostility with pressure (4)27 Roger died in a car somewhere in Wales (7) 29 Novice rail passenger? (7)30 Showed resistance (6)31 Country issues amended (6)32 Former penal colony (6)34 More than one fogey is active, hosting party (6)35 Connection that is canned? (5, hyphened)37 Better introductions to others in literary themes (5)38 Bovver since hosting geezer on vacation (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 6 July.

2462: Over and Out?

Thursday

6 Jun 2019
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2411: Left out

Clues for ten thematically linked entries (all single words) have been left out.   Across 9    Hot-rod awry? — fancy not being this (10) 14    Jackass regularly rejected 60s music (3) 18    Behind in award, finally going ahead (5) 20    Get better poet to enter competition (7, two words) 22    Venture around the City, not much of an area (7) 24    Extremely engaging men in ladies’ underwear — crikey! (7) 25    Worries about ship holding water capsizing (5) 26    Fight animals back, avoiding river (5, hyphened) 28    Enduring a lot of cobblers? (7) 31    Turned towards one’s love — British poetry (7) 33    Emphatically, anybody feels no wrong (7) 37    Model with a group of stars (5) 39    Chap, deft worker with no energy, died (6) 40    Diner picked up letter overseas (3) 41    Semi-pro air unsettled show manager (10)   Down 1    Offer, ultimately limited, outsider can’t change (13, two words) 2    Left in vile European city (5) 3    Runs over girl in African republic (6) 4    Polish uniform capped with head of US vulture (5) 6    Secretive folk revel noisily, heading off on Sabbath (7) 7    Casual clothing has tenor briefly ill-tempered (6, hyphened) 8    Indeed, no time for result (4) 10    Bullet used by bounty hunter, say (6) 12    Bias of private school over meeting about sons (13) 13    Unknown Frenchman cutting cake, one from a particular range (8) 21    Women in colleges see without judgement (8) 23    Scarf worn by Tom finally lost in sailing vessel (7) 27    Outdoor broadcasting now about training (7, hyphened) 29    Brief brawl before quiet strike by Spenser (6) 30    Muscle cut badly in unguarded press (6) 32    Nun against admitting wife in old English society (6) 34    Primarily wrapping up porcelain (5) 35    Spread food around bottom of bowl (5) 36    Initially knew all the answers in Japanese exercises (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 24 June.

2411: Left out

Thursday

21 Mar 2019