Columba

Thursday

27 Sep 2018
Columba

2378: Boundary

One unclued light, a term for a boundary of an area whose name is formed by two unclued lights, is a 19 of five items (one of which consists of two words, and one of which is hyphened) reading clockwise in the perimeter. Letters in corner squares and those adjacent to them could make CLAN GRANT END.   Across 11    Bird turning and not following man (5) 12    Camel? See it in Cairo on tour (4) 13    Rock in railroad carriage (5) 14    Be angry with burden, offloading old stock (7) 15    Report about standard of money, not very welcoming (10) 17    Smart books among those returned (5) 20    One variation of endless inactivity (8) 21    Radical in brilliant form ignoring boundaries (6) 23    Extra special advantage (4) 26    Refuse King Lear initially (5) 27    Engineer first to find fissures (5) 28    Stop wanting constant wealth (4) 31    Power tool adapted as a winch (8) 36    Poet using Celtic language, first to last (5) 38    Island with mostly low housing remaining at constant temperature (10) 39    Mineral oil troubled climber (7) 40    Fix and check hamper (5) 41    Grow spiritless following delay (4) 42    Tree sloth in activity after noon (5)   Down 2    Look, born into the world, worthy of affection (7) 3    Wine in room upset fool (10) 4    Veto in operation once refined (6) 5    Earth’s shape (5) 6    Boundaries only in abandoned atlas (8) 8    Ring at once about contest finally being drawn (5, two words) 10    Singer from provincial town (4) 16    Lifted cover, gold, of exceptional quality (5) 18    Bones starts to offer Spock some advice (4) 24    Increased energy author put into act (8) 25    Rubbish, not right for platform (4) 29    Being ascetic, keeping cold (7) 32    Check area inside aluminium drum (6) 33    Soldier in uniform after plunder, not first (5) 34    Part of leg, tense, in a raised position (5) 35    Cry of joy about publication in last stage of development (5) 37    Cope with ride on horseback (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 15 October.

2378: Boundary

Thursday

16 Aug 2018
Columba

2372: Spot-on

One unclued light (three words) is a phrase referring to an item whose scientific name is formed by two unclued lights. The first word of this name can be divided into three words, each of which has two synonyms among the other unclued lights.   Across 1 Strip back stagecoach seat, not wide (5) 9 Check railway damage in station, causing weeping (10) 11 Artist reversed whole process (5) 14 Second-class designation sadly for red mineral (5) 15 Work in group with no time for sleep (5) 16 Jerks shout to encourage hounds (6) 21 Obtain picture showing slipper (8) 22 Support holding clamped valve (7) 24 Bore wanting new network (4) 27 System of rules broken by youth in branch (7) 28 Allurement in good account penned by visionary (8) 35 Mean, alone, abandoned by son (5) 37 Clear case about part of personality (7) 38 Know almost nothing about chaos (5) 40 Bungling raid, lie to leader? (9) 41 Change direction with tilt (5)   Down   1 Out with maiden wearing a ribbon? Indeed (13, three words) 2 Pasture we also modified (6) 5 Radical in revolutionary league (4) 6 Crime admitted by a dupe? That’s funny (7) 7 Work about rising above grade (5) 8 Opened out strange old rule about knight (8) 10 Interpreting clue, a mere hint, wrongly (13) 13 Sales promotion stopped by trade union in effect (7) 15 Governor brooded over strike (6) 17 Coined money, various pieces (6) 18 Standard sheet in set (6) 20 Devotion losing power after second half (6) 23 Serious in purpose, impressed deeply (8) 26 Coach opening up about music (7) 29 Fallen angel criminally liable (6) 30 Place secured by band in display (6) 31 Wood entered by ordinary track (6) 32 Rumour in second item (5, hyphened) 36 Fibre in bread (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 3 September.

2372: Spot-on

Thursday

26 Jul 2018
Columba

2369: Prodigious

Each of ten clues contains a misprinted letter in the definition part. Corrections of misprints spell a word which can be read as an indicator of the unclued lights in each of four columns of the grid.   Across  1 Revolutionary avoids accepting one god (7) 6 Destroyed each bit of opium (7) 11 Priest and paramour lapsing? (6) 12 Tense champion catching alien in addition (7) 14 Mouldings attached to front of impressive gateway (5) 15 Dredge section mostly exposed (5) 16 See current process releasing a vitamin (6) 17 Rascal having problem carrying Albanian coin around (6) 19 Worn-out horse, mad at vet, I smarten up (9) 21 Chief among fish on rack (7) 24 Ten trials prepared for disinfectant (9) 26 Crustacean left in court put out (9) 29 Ponder, miles away, wrecked (7) 30 Cross with fiddle in list (9) 32 Parrot and fish for old emperor (6) 33 Hot contest in middle of battle, rash (6) 35 Want less density in soil (5) 36 Make up for deficiencies in area with shade (5) 37 Hurdy-gurdies in market back after struggle (7) 38 King in craft, injured, short of time (6) 39 What bothered rash author? (7) 40 Tip seen to work for sculptor (7)   Down  2 Dowdy juror typecast in part (5) 3 Declare past possessions (4) 4 Stalk to lie broken, covered by pipe (9) 6 New list in article on special plants (8) 7 Thefts shattered thesis (6) 9 Academician cheers plan, for instance, for towers (8) 13 Bare certainty about answer (8) 18 Principal notice in border with flower (10) 20 Paltry remedy around end of bout drunk (8) 22 Fellow with shiner is struggling to deliver knockout blows (9) 23 Canoe, concerning sailor, in end capsized (8) 28 Artist in spot showing spirit (6) 29 Liked energy in trick (6) 31 Cold on long hike (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 13 August.

2369: Prodigious

Thursday

5 Jul 2018
Columba

2366: The square

Three items (one consisting of three words, and two consisting of four words each) read clockwise round the perimeter. Part of their source’s name is given by a light clued without definition; the rest (two words, rendering the 13 in 30) is concealed in one row and should be highlighted. Ignore an accent. Letters in corner squares and those adjacent to them could make SHORTER STUDY.   Across 11    Ordinary church long ago (5, two words) 12    Actually, left out, back in tent (4) 14    Concession by queen for singers (7) 15    Suffering, receiving mixture of nectar and medicinal substance (10) 17    Ghastly, stupid man, no good, expelled (5) 20    Appeal in new car lay in speed (8) 21    Harrier in book, bird of prey (6) 23    Weblike structure in twisted tale (4) 26    Second article in yellow (5) 27    Flinch from question and be indisposed (5) 28    Big lie earlier? Not so (4) 31    Relax after date with a cake (8) 36    Hat in haste raised (5) 38    Discussion opening with mature description of events (10) 39    Articulate nut with weight (7) 40    Annoyance over sauce (5) 41    Knight after ridicule ignoring son (4) 42    Road divided by dry stripe of colour (5)   Down 2    Register area with line relating to intestine (7) 3    Staggering, covering evil up, being playful (10) 4    Mother stopping endless strong language (6) 5    Spade for cutting turf in special way (5) 6    Sailor in ordeal at sea appealing (8) 7    Overexcited sort having time off in Croatia (5) 8    Uniform price for salt (5) 10    Depend on acceptable substitute (4) 16    Small group of cells exists? Granted (5) 18    Blue ink, unknown quantity in tin (4) 19    Dodgy dealer, that voluble person (10) 22    Changing guard for goddess of victory (5) 24    What’s getting about in Perth, spinning below middle of web? (8) 25    Piece of hair in jam (4) 29    Sunshade supplied by partner sheltering artist well (7) 32    Some waiting at exhibition’s entrance (6) 33    Scud before wind in south, low pressure rising (5) 34    Pretty thin wrapping ending in bin (5) 35    King detained by good ascetic (5) 37    Airman cheers for minutes (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 July.

2366: The square

Thursday

24 May 2018
Columba

2360: Diplomatic

One unclued light is the title (two words) of a work by a person whose name is formed by two unclued lights. The work in question features a 17 27 which is 11. This item can be found in the appropriate area of the grid in 25 form and should be highlighted. Elsewhere ignore an accent.   Across 1    Guy for instance in shirt (5) 6    Freezes after bad services (7) 13    Blackmail without end from assistant with share, wanting power (9) 18    Quite boring device in speech (3) 19    Man stopping supreme mischief, one with a fear of God (10) 21    Join charge, ignoring tense antelope (5) 24    Ancient idol’s front and back (4) 28    Friend one introduced to revolutionary belief without depth (5) 30    Pouch and cartons poorly protected (10) 33    Afraid of partly artificial language (3) 35    Hammers and spades by shelves (7) 36    Community of rodents below housing got disturbed (7) 37    Fruit not ready according to report (4) 38    Power mixed up in cases (9) 39    Concern about father, old, presented differently (10) 40    Composer keeping positive with line concerning marriage (7) 41    Lecturer in middle of day is unoccupied (5)   Down 2    Fuss indeed, upset about cap? It’s high fashion (8, two words) 3    Provided big lie more readily (6) 4    Releases in truth seen all over the place (9) 5    Cloudy, look, over capital (5) 6    Old doctor with call for attention probing concealed muscle (8) 7    Superfluous ornament frequently unfortunate (5) 8    Choir that is following leader (5) 9    Study abandoned as soul ends in disgrace (14) 10    Fool in broadcast hoaxed (6) 12    Nigerian people from island with fish I love (6) 14    Diver following sailor out (6) 20    Screens in dump raised around waste (9) 22    Amateur artist imbibing vermouth, divine drink (6) 23    Half-yearly balance entered by one cashier, not learner (8) 26    Mineral below northward trail in abundance (6) 29    Country in favour formerly with church (6) 31    Bad lad on circuit in marketing industry (6) 32    Current space round area of forest (5) 34    Monkeys mimic us, bounding about (5) 35    Odd items for sale in good place in Ireland (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 June.

2360: Diplomatic

Thursday

12 Apr 2018
Columba

2354: Pioneering

Two unclued lights form a three-word phrase. Clues in italics are cryptic indications of partial answers; in each case, the indicated part must do as instructed by the thematic phrase to create the full answer to be entered in the grid. Resulting entries (two of which consist of two words each) are defined by unclued lights.   Across 9    Unravelling clue, I found measure of capacity (10, two words) 11    Old smuggler in hat offloading barrels (5) 12    Left capital protected by great force, going west in boat (7) 14    Singular brilliant spire (5) 16    Florid colour reflected in precious metal (6) 21    Calm in the morning aboard shallow vessel (8) 22    Item for fishing in Scotland, favourite around remote north (7, two words) 24    Knight errant one found in element (4) 25    Island united for demigod (4) 28    Troy? Ruined realm in end (8) 34    Bundle in past split by stick? Not good (5) 35    Earl delayed cheer (5) 37    Clothes to wash? Note several, first off (7) 38    Slow movements from primordial entity (5) 39    Hard time, right away 40    Echo following mantra 41    Insects around pole (5)   Down 1    One old treaty, omitting chapter in book, not rejected by body (13) 3    Sour liquid raised storm indeed (6) 4    Carter’s assistant and agent pitch up (6) 5    Bitterness in club without women (4) 6    Exhibition’s opening 7 Windows in small chambers lacking length (5) 8    Pearly king entering on cue as arranged (8) 10   Fabric seen at night is different (13, two words) 13   Centre of trade 15    Bring forward stage in festival (6) 17    Real gold around court above middle of wall (6) 18    Improvise with strip of pasta (6) 19    Comprehensive point at heart of sport brought up (7) 23    Love poet nearly smothered (8) 26    Dislike doffing hat 29    System joined with trough (6) 30    Arrival, see, in port on time (6) 31    Learn about decay in tropical plant (6) 32    General course for singer (5) 36    Long almanac helpful to some extent (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 30 April.

2354: Pioneering

Thursday

1 Mar 2018
Columba

2348: It’s a trap

Clues are given according to alphabetical order of their answers. Each of thirty-two clues comprises a definition part and a hidden consecutive jumble of the answer including one extra letter. When arranged in conventional clue order, the extras spell a character’s name and seven-word quotation (in ODQ). In the remaining seven clues, cryptic indications omit reference to parts of answers; these parts must be highlighted, to reveal an item situated as the quotation suggests in relation to the unclued 8, 21, 28 (two words), 30 and 37. Ignore an accent in the highlighted item.   Clues Fragile page inside codex curls (13, three words) Pieces of pasta, clean, in larder (6) Shrewd, backing your sport (7) Classical tenor twitching (5) Captain overlooks river (4) Urchin assembled heap of stones (5) Tapioca, marvellous stuff (4) Study eastern star (5) Get rid of fabric with defect (5) Writers of rapturous pieces submit birthday essays (13) Distinguish artisan beer no longer (7) Fierce oil painters like Homer’s work (6) Typical example from inept editor (7) Next pew mostly free (6) Symbolic of sulk, chop tuft of hair (7) Kind offering extolled (5) Something accompanying dumplings (7) Bollard thugs damaged (4) Pass colourful place (5) Board game won acclamation (7) Second team on march (6) Ordinary flawed human nature (7) Marvel, inspecting bony frame (6) Why specify rare medicine? (6) Student group publicised (5) Garnet, fine type, treasured (9) Bed totally warm (8) Private soldier’s helmet (5) Crazy about coy star (6) Pirate active in craft (6) Immodest speech seems false (9) Baker gives last slice (6) Theorist, singular philosopher, right about copper (10) Hesitant marsupial (4) Mound, one expressing purpose (5) Passing over opportunities? Vast regret (10) Brave teacher quit (6) Construct review afresh (5) Aptly treated once positioned (6)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 19 March.

2348: It’s a trap

Thursday

8 Feb 2018
Columba

Counterclaim

The first line of a 4 (two words) consists of 7A and the puzzle’s 3 41; the second line is 7D 12 33 37 (six words in total). Cryptic indications in seven clues are incomplete; in each case, the answer is formed when the indicated part has 12 33.   Across 1    Fret about fixing toy (11, two words) 11    Rook in spot with energy in attacking position (6) 13    Change in Romeo – product of bonding action? (7) 15    Rodents, when after cover, retreating (5) 16    Wise to follow uniform practice (5) 17    Improvement in part for all to see in vessel (6) 18    Leader of England in cricket? He was (5) 20    Rib revolutionary about breaking rule (6) 21    Chilli pepper used in Mexican chowder (5) 22    Skeletal structure in some disorder (7) 27    Transfer stopped by bank disregarding a language (7) 29    Fabric expert’s latest choice (5) 30    Cop has broken seals (6) 32    Hard governor, not an Armenian (5) 34    Run away without date (6) 36    Pause in front of monument in capital (5) 38    Moved home, summoned (7) 39    They leave without playing tune (6) 40    Knife held back (3)   Down 1    Climbing peaks without medium drugs (10) 2    Jesuit ordered a painting? No pressure (8) 5    Hesitation after tense start (7) 6    Pacifist awfully nice during summit (8) 8    Stop wanting constant comfort (4) 9    Stratagem concerning ticket (6) 10    Pull up after second obstacle on ski slope (5) 14    Doctor brings matron, highly energetic (12) 19    Crone fashioned new straw figure (10, hyphened) 21    Tuberous plant from Arkansas worthless with tea (9) 23    Thankful, having raised cover in thatching (8) 24    Lovers, longer in loft, caught out (8) 25    Criminal we hail for some time (6) 26    Insects spring up around hydrant (7) 28    Observed confusion in scattering of seed (6) 31    Refined man succeeded baron (5) 35    Map showing delta south of estate? (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 26 February.

Counterclaim

Thursday

18 Jan 2018
Columba

2342: Decorative

Two unclued lights are terms for the same style. One, consisting of two words, forms a cryptic indication of each of two unclued lights. The other is a word that can be divided into three words; each of these defines each of two of the other unclued lights.   Across 1    Part of thesis systematically weak (5) 6    Leading note on cubist works (8) 13    Turning cold during brilliant spectacle (9) 15    Fish indeed covered with fungus (8, two words) 16    Doorkeepers having no time for steady gazers (6) 17    Commander with note for trumpeter (5) 26    Undermine plodding student (3) 28    Device operating switch very quietly in test (7) 29    Bird of prey in glade, one leg injured (11, two words) 33    Government clears networks (5) 34    Apocryphal book succeeded? Very much (6, two words) 35    Ascetic, when beset by any sin, tormented (8) 37    Honour to hold old instrument (4) 38    Phosphate quickly coating one unfinished article of food (9) 39    Outline of plan for stirring up sects (10) 40    Attacker backing remarks about odd parts of theory (8, hyphened)   Down 1    Old country with endless anxiety for apes (8) 2    Noticing, so nervously, people concealing identities (10) 3    Split, not against prophet (4) 5    Parts of crustaceans flourishing on good shores (11, two words) 7    Relative annual return not obvious (7) 8    Expression of impatience with gold coach (5) 9    Omit too much on runner with power (8) 10    Not so full of regret, weak leader of empire upset group of countries (9, two words) 11    Evil way without love (5) 16    Slowly, in enclosure, one with hesitation identifying flower (11) 18    Force in cryptic hint (3) 20    Not a bloke to go wild for item of footwear (9, hyphened) 23    Most pious old tale about strange idol (8) 25    Crooks more hopeful in Court of Session (8) 27    Is agent, turning up with company, cordial? (7) 30    Umbellifer that’s grey on ground (6) 32    Band of colour, not right for stalk (5) 36    Help with a fabric for embroidery (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 February.

2342: Decorative

Thursday

7 Dec 2017
Columba

2339: Interesting

Cryptic indications in four clues are incomplete; in each case, the part not indicated is supplied by a 1D (two words). Two unclued lights and the 35 are synonyms of the first word of 1D; each of three unclued lights is defined by the second word of 1D, which is also the surname of a fictional character whose first name is the answer to a clue without a definition.   Across 9    Just disloyal, having time off (10) 14    Run and stop Greek character (3) 16    Take in troublesome situation with navy scattered (6) 17    Complete sphere around family (5) 20    Smirk depressing expert (7) 22    Learner in corrupt turn from direct course (7) 24    Silly rule hit instrument maker (7) 25    Tag, first off, attached to English tree (5) 26    Way of walking with a bagpipe (5) 28    Augment formerly unfinished home (7) 31    Being nervous near trap (7) 33    Hardest reforms for cardinals (7, two words) 37    Loud music in mass and elsewhere (5) 38    Unit designed with area for massage (5) 39    Pods, last in tub, fed to goose by baron (6, hyphened) 40    Pipe cover, not cold (3) 42    Strain altered form of insect (6) 43    Unhappy about tangle with man, grumpy type (8)   Down 2    High priest seen in bazaar once (5) 3    Lackey on demand in extremity (6) 4    Unavailable story mostly concerning birth (5) 6    Wrong to cut rate arranged for wine (7) 7    Room to manoeuvre east and west in field and yard (6) 8    Have to support good members of university (4) 10    Flag put forward in stand (6) 11    Prince in mob deployed old charm (9, hyphened) 12    Not reformed? Need true anger to change (13) 13    Vertebrate sea bream upset (8) 15    Spy worked with fashionable medium (7) 21    Stupid fellow ignoring Dutch saxophonist (8) 23    Turn left after end of track (7) 27    Notice article about unsatisfactory walk (7) 29    Convention about American name for bell (6) 30    Trouble with most of highest bricks (6) 32    Bristly plant grew upward, right away (6) 34    Ban also broken by sailor (5) 36    Messenger exercises in advance (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 8 January.

2339: Interesting

Thursday

16 Nov 2017
Columba

2336: Irrelevant

Each of four unclued lights is the result of an action that may be described as 7 (hyphened), a definition of which is supplied by an unclued light. One unclued light is the result of 39 (a three-word phrase confirmed in Chambers under its third word). Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 1  Commercial projects including no charge for accessories (8) 8  Parties without tense moments (4) 11  Cut capers, excited to get mortarboards (12, two words) 12  Superfluous middle part in speech (5) 14  Very hot fuel in heap (7) 16  Radical in revolutionary league (4) 17  Music, tiny portion by Georgia (5) 18  Diagram of interactions absent in English school (6) 22  Following escape, abandoned by bishop, get angry (8, two words) 23  Hamper with cover, about right for seller’s wares (7) 24  Stronger carpenter’s chisel (6) 25 Initiate accepted during meal (6) 27  Being after quick fixes (7) 29  Track from new terminal (8) 33  Gang led by nut in repetition of performance (6) 34  Behind a nest, fluttering (5) 35  Song they amend, leaving odd bits out (4) 37  Call with warning, having no love for bookmakers (7) 38  Conducted talk, not at farm (5) 40  Head east to stop outlaw (4) 41  Wine seized by peevish tax assessor (8)   Down 1  A pretty loch indeed in Scotland (6) 2  Kite dropping on lorry (4) 3  Wild time in united clan (6) 4  Food outside apparently less expensive (7) 8  Spread out and perform under sun (5) 9  Suitable prisoner with energy guarded by soldier (9) 15  Acts, icy calm, designed to be devastating (11) 19  Promotion prior to tumult (10) 20  Study enthralling field, not a disappointment (8) 21  Merit in base I prepared for sauce (9) 26  Silence broken by man supporting good chief (7) 28  Poet’s tame last word on duration of life (7) 31  Weak anaesthetic for sheep (6) 32  Using no animal produce for example in vehicle (5) 36  Colour in large crustacean (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 December.

2336: Irrelevant

Thursday

26 Oct 2017
Columba

2333: Unchangeable

One unclued light is a three-word phrase indicating the way in which each of the answers to clues in italics must be entered in the grid. Definitions of resulting entries are supplied by unclued lights.   Across 1    Fissure filled with new toxic substance 12    See a signal, admitting hesitation, only returning for electronic device (10, two words) 13    Nymph’s love declared (5) 14    Habitual response in part I concealed 15    Correct about actress Welch producing crazed effect (10) 16    Fatigue involved in feverish attack (7, hyphened) 22    Come into trendy hotel with revolutionary flag (7) 23    Artist, minor, lacking power (4) 24    Secret about commune, one of doubtful respectability (7) 26    London area for instance within reach, not unknown (7, two words) 30    Northern language about god (4) 31    Old boy, minister to watch (7) 34    Tribunal’s corruption accepted (4) 36    Sentry taking detective in quickly (7) 39    Capsule carried by spy in assembly (7) 40    Reportedly throws barbs (5) 41    Birds damaged locket case (10) 43    Gods deserted one   Down 2    Climbing mound, beloved place 3    Escape notice in vigil? (5) 4    Skating area guarded by officer in khaki (7, two words) 5    Nodded head on date nervously (7) 6    Oppose fiend, united with odd members of gang (6) 7    Piece of armour from institute wrapped in fabric (6) 8    Approaches not specified to receive attention (5) 9    Dabbling teal, timid, sent flapping (13) 10    Source of encouragement, doctor with honour indeed rising in list (13, hyphened) 11    Enzyme in pipe restricted by fat, not good (9) 17    Confusion in turnover? (3) 18    Force company to supply dyestuff (5) 21    Opening number stopping bad riot (5) 25    Time in uniform passed quietly 27    Enormous city overthrown and reformed (3) 28    Fan showing support, following county endlessly (7) 29    Crust in layer marked with spots (7) 32    Show energy failing around noon (6) 35    Two with reason having day off (5) 37    Expel for example unruly set (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 13 November.

2333: Unchangeable

Thursday

14 Sep 2017
Columba

2327: Exhibition

Five unclued lights are titles of works by a person whose name is formed by two unclued lights. Three clues are definitions only; their answers exhibit all the unchecked letters of the titles. One unclued light consists of three words, and one consists of two words.   Across 1    Action in public at an end (8) 9    Fan-shaped tag left among lot (10) 16    Tawdry stuff in petition for monument? (6) 17    Lines in essence ignoring pressure causing poverty (5) 18    Expert, as admitted, is shrewd (5) 20    Doctor, florid, missing old country (7) 22    Dodgy dealer receiving money for stone (7) 25    Blunder from rogue short of time (5) 26    Returned a broken plate (5) 28    Bad end of move revolutionary attempted (7) 31    Absolute rule in form of meditation about garments (7) 33    Bone, one with problem, broken by force (7) 37    Delay embracing independent destiny (5) 38    Bleak syllabus, first to last (5) 40    Leaves debate about houses (3) 42    Substitute, unknown after hesitation, brooded (6) 43    Can you be in trouble for resilience? (8)   Down 2    Bird in river valley mostly (5) 3    Minister, weak, in bad shape (6) 4    Smooth second lap (5) 6    Clean network up, possessed by keenness, first off (7) 7    Sudden episode of illness (6) 8    King not in pack (4) 10    Former student’s unbounded slander accepted (6) 11    Workers, note, united in drills (9) 12    Make sensational variety of meals to admire (13) 13    Spots and dots in plaster surface? Not so (8) 15    Convivial, imbibing everything in wineglass (7) 19    Good and quiet in odd pubs or restaurants (9, two words) 23    Periodical energy, working in east (7) 27    Fruit consumed by insect for nourishment (7) 29    Being in a rage (6) 30    Find out about better part of antenna (6) 32    Lack of passion (6) 34    Positive demon in rowing boat (5) 35    Break before noon for pancake (5) 36    Complete yellow house (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 October.

2327: Exhibition

Thursday

24 Aug 2017
Columba

2324: In the frame

Each of twenty-one clues comprises a definition part and a hidden consecutive jumble of the answer including one extra letter. The extras spell a definition (two words, one hyphened) of two titles clued without definition and six (three of which consist of two words each) reading clockwise round the perimeter. Letters in corner squares and those adjacent to them could make EIGHT, SO FUNNY.   Across 11    Quiet journey, not tense (5) 12    Convict loses work (4) 13    Excellent, acceptable element (5) 14    Medical student reversed sorcery (7) 15    Movement during session with Aussie, turning, dismissing one (10) 17    Spent time handling levy (5) 20    Lively revolutionary declines to hold ceremony (8) 21    Biscuit, pronto, I pocketed (6) 23    Top money received by expert (4) 26    Devoted son exhausted (5) 27    Worshipping figure in outrage (5) 28    Stop wanting constant comfort (4) 30    Gateway into a trap (6) 31    Take in best song and hymns (8) 36    Number in street Scots assess (5) 38    Troublesome heap, mainly fibre (10, two words) 39    Explanatory comment altered? Nonsense (7) 40    Quite fabulous suit (5) 41    Describe watch, round (4) 42    Length in ridge (5, hyphened)   Down 2    Relate incident, vivid (7) 3    Singers in a choir loudly performed at the same time (10) 4    Raised voice about old horse’s hair (6) 5    Tremendous annual income (5) 6    Towers, weak, raised criticism (8) 7    Team testing articles (5) 8    Composer unknown in catalogue (5) 10    Monkey makes impact (4) 16    Wizard employed old money (5) 18    Fuss coming up about English theatres (4) 19    Shabby mimic, natural in turn (10, two hyphens) 22    Player of amazing charm (5) 24    Man with sloth eating dry bread (8) 25    Opposed energy limit (4) 29    Peevish over tiff? Ludicrous (7) 32    Full room’s bronzed metallic ware (6) 33    Admiring short-tailed lemur (5) 34    See sad new entertainer (5) 35    Sum up your case, please (5) 37    Nothing about a catch (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 September.

2324: In the frame

Thursday

3 Aug 2017
Columba

2321: Cleaner

One unclued light, defined by the title, is a word that can be divided into three words; each of these defines each of three of the other unclued lights.   Across 1    Unsteady in yard, thrust backward (5) 10    Mixture of metals in roof really worked (10, hyphened) 14    Check sun and tide (5) 15    Terms of reference put back (5) 16    Repeated eccentricity suppressed with removal of king (6) 22    Direction to release soft pedal set down in note (8, two words) 23    Denial? One among many concepts (7) 24    Call containing anonymous smear (4) 25    Robust address in hearing (4) 29    Perfect substance, seaweed, eaten by fishes (8, two words) 32    Inviting fan round over and over (6) 34    Worry about right level (5) 35    Bury artist without personal assistant (5) 36    Trendiest version of the pips (7) 37    Dejected chief, giving up resistance, admitting racket (6) 39    Fine tin’s mixed with unknown compound (9) 40    Part of pamphlet heralding oblivion (5)   Down 1    Twisted peg, undoing engine component (10, two words) 2    Account supporting endorsement, not against patriarch (5) 3    Minister in a company in retreat (6) 4    Refuse to arrest complete saint (7) 5    Most barren ground for old robber (10) 6    Rebuked, having raced round circuit (7) 7    Welsh sign for ladies (5) 8    Viciously acidic, stop ignoring a blind spot (9, two words) 9    Cheat with appeal for thing of no value (4) 15    Goes over bar, climbing (6) 17    Surveying instrument showing sign of error with building material (10, hyphened) 19    Predict glee, dancing with good star (10) 26    Vain types for example sit so casually (7) 28    Incautious, filled with energy, not tired (7) 30    Work taken up with spice and crushed apples (6) 31    Record secured by support in tent (5) 34    Title of respect necessary to finish rivalry (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 August.

2321: Cleaner

Thursday

13 Jul 2017
Columba

2318: Groundwork

One unclued light (four words) is the title of a 40 recorded by 43 (two words). This title forms a cryptic indication of one unclued light, which defines each of the other unclued lights.   Across 11    Unlucky guys taken in by bad old lie (9, hyphened) 12    Try to turn round cubic mineral (4) 17    Noted folio poorly made (5) 20    Proceed, worried after revolutionary call (7) 21    Favouring relations, quickly write back (7) 24    Tea in family’s village in Scotland (7) 25    Journal from Suez in Egypt (5, hyphened) 26    Old letter with very large moral significance (5) 28    Mass consisting of protein (7) 31    Great batsman embracing drama hangs around (7) 34    Hare continually inhibited by obstruction (7) 38    Stop and cheer dance (5) 39    Stay seated longer than silly tourist ignoring rule (6) 41    Vulture, cross after festivity, holding nothing back (9) 42    Gazelle’s second hour (4)   Down 1    Figure is rising in vain (6) 2    Trees forming boundary (5) 3    In command, in retreat? Most delicate (6) 4    Artist upset about current series of woes (5) 5    Things on a menu ordered (7) 6    Man saw subsidy paid to farmers (7) 7    Impression about point of partition (6) 8    Made smart demand to accommodate a cardinal (8) 10    Insects round billet, see, all over the place (10, two words) 13    Notice ambassador after trade without translator (7) 22    So Rodin worked under cover? (7) 23    Grain pest nearly missing section protected by raised border (8, two words) 27    Staff officer blithely discharging me in contemptible way (7) 29    Thoroughly good joke surpassed (7) 30    Glorification from sailor after narcotic drink (6) 32    Remain on foot for convenience (6) 33    Odds at this point in range (6) 35    Country right above river (5) 36    Element in slang lacking justice (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 31 July.

2318: Groundwork

Thursday

1 Jun 2017
Columba

2312: Bandleader

Two unclued lights form the title by which a 38 32 is commonly known. This title’s first word defines one unclued light, and can also be divided into two words, each of which is defined by an unclued light. The title’s second word defines each of the remaining three unclued lights. Ignore one diacritic in an unclued light and one in a clued light.    Across   10     Component of tracer, late model designed to follow dog (12, two words) 11     Joyful cry about part of Bible with right opening (5) 13     Old medicine, poor, mixed with illicit drug (7) 14     Indulged eagerness, releasing our firework (6) 16     Amphibian near plug (4) 21     Mist spreads cloaks in Scotland (8) 23     Tendency mostly to break even? It’s a gift (7) 25     Mountain in surreal picture (3) 26     Goblin wrong to return (3) 28     Checks stone in westward range (7) 29     Busy once daft rule changed (8) 34     Crustacean is able to run around inside package (8) 35     Sticky substance in tree (4) 36     Revolutionary agent gathered composure (6) 39     Alien after power in helmet (5) 40     Fish reproduced in art, each having two gills (12) 41     Refuse for example to interrupt service (6) 42     Impressions from Washington area as received by courts (8)   Down   1     Bob, say, lacking energy, on screen least (9) 2     Old bears are in existence (4) 3     Rodent showing hesitation in swimming big lake (6) 4     Whiteness originally in layer in ring, not hot (6) 5     Member of gang carrying crate newly filled with honey (8) 7     Outlets for tunes (5) 8     Cracked cup lately filled with old disinfectant (10) 9     Thin? Correct, short of mass (5) 12     Devout person upset about possessions lost in guesthouses (8) 15     Tedious prohibitionist grabbing attention (6) 18     Strange part in story captured by great religious artwork (10) 22     Strait stopping vessels going north in groups of six (9) 27     Assesses fears involved with intake of iron (7) 30     Odd pieces from forger sick of painting (6) 33     Server, not weak, set up for networks (5) 37     Still time for Scottish entry (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 19 June.

2312: Bandleader

Thursday

11 May 2017

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30 Mar 2017

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9 Mar 2017

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16 Feb 2017

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26 Jan 2017

Thursday

12 Jan 2017