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2 Jul 2020
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2464: Topsy-turvy

  14 which is unclued below, but is clued elsewhere, has to be divided into three components (one a Spanish imperative), each of which is linked with a trio of unclued lights. Across 1 US soldier with Christmas novelty among my low-value ornaments (11) 7/40 Bowler on Anglo-French 10s (6) 11 Fruit, almost a pound, once topped (6) 13 A liberal ruler admits a palace in Spain (7) 17 They never give up being essayists (6) 18 Fuel vessel having head of heater out of commission (5) 20 Wrong about the girl (6) 21 Large rodent, diffident, on borders of Peru! (5) 22 It’s a relief for a cockney on his feet (7, hyphened)27 Nothing on reflection to chuckle about losing tip of tongue (7)29 Choice of the Carmelites, somewhat (5)30 The state sodium turned into (6)34 Shows scorn but never without five on board (6)37 Path of gold — just a tad (5)38 Have a rest in park beside the path (7)39 Evoke endless happiness (6) 40 See 7 Across 41 Sound warnings involved Rommel (aka ‘SS’) (11, two words) Down 1 Letter placed in seating rearranged for big girls (10)3 Shaver’s irritability in critically balanced state (9, two words)4 New cast all incur applause? (12, two words) 5 Do some fencing? (7) 6 I left foreign legionary for all twelve months (8) 7 Baseless Japanese martial arts instructor’s opinion (5) 8 The Times leaders only advocating German economic safeguards (4) 9 Turned up a piece of cholesterol-free cauliflower (6) 12 Steep slopes and cliff with soft sun (6) 19 Printers producing general guides copper proscribed (10) 21 Regular operative in charge in Panama, say (9) 23 Legal officials with all but one sign? (8) 25 The charm of every Yorkshire river (6) 28 Knavish TV quiz host’s out of time (6) 31 City in Ulster changed sides recently (5) 33 Just a glimmer at the end of three months (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 20 July.

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11 Jun 2020

Thursday

21 May 2020
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2458: Bardicarum

The unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are the associated Down ones. Across 1 Friendship revealed by American Dream endlessly renewed (11)7/40 Chubby girl’s crime? (6)13 Harem guards regularly return fuchsias, as if gone astray (7)15 Banker in Berlin spending a lot? (5)16 Strips off for spa treatments (5)18 Cove finding home to rent (5)22 Old boat in Cambridge — one with a prickly pear (7)27 Bloater cooked for Melbourne’s university (7, two words)29 Skipper Joe’s ancestry (5)30 Sets up small 12 in French art (6)32 Lazar-house discharges tense old scout (5)34 Impassioned male getting date wrong (6)36 ITV’s political editor’s not finished the sauce (5)37 Could be Florentine silver lace (5)38 Dollar for endurance contest winner (7, two words)40 See 7 Across41 Pitch indicators ruined Kingston fur (11, two words) Down 1 Where men are in ranks at start of game (10)3 Works artistically again and rests (9)4 Remove burden from rebuilding semi on island in old office setting (12)5 Like Love Island on TV, one involved in property (7)6 Training and support for horticulturists! (8)7 Fixed rail by counter, it’s said (5)9 Wheel fitting moulded from front sections of Chevrolet, Buick and Panhard (6, hyphened)10 Leave out edge of lace on duvet (5)12 Clergyman will destroy marble, reportedly (6)14 Memory concerning money on a plate (12)19 Pages wait on workers (10)21 Wealthier gambler from France (9, two words)23 Opponent of immigration attacked visitant (8)25 Questions organisation’s leader during press review (6)26 Once more mug up Orwell regularly, gaining merit (7)28 Welby worried about active local legislation (6, hyphened)31 Where some bathers, au naturel, relax(5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 8 June.

2458: Bardicarum

Thursday

30 Apr 2020
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2455: Shadow boxing

The unclued lights (two of two words and one hyphened), individually or as three pairs are of a kind. The red squares, when correctly arranged, reveal an associated name (6,6) which solvers must include when submitting their solution. Across 1 Cut of meat, peas and cole stewed (8)6 Whiteness of church garment at start of ecclesiastical celebration (6)13 Educated woman consumes a dish from India (5)14 Artist speaks, reportedly, to Queen (7)15 Scotsman’s extremely heavy blow (10)20 Bananas and brazils (4)22 Unmarried girls, often distressed, oddly less mad (7)23 Direct approach (4)24 French artist taking tea around one vessel (7)26 Those who are sound asleep? (7)30 Cold meats obtained from here in capital, we’re told (4)31 Food with chips cooked without oil and pepper, initially (7)34 Print pattern and stamp (4)38 Large lorry blocks topped vegetables (10)39 Gradually increases sound when finally deaf – that’s wrong (7, two words)40 Consolation, if repeated, at that point (5)42 Arabs taking car on board (6)43 Comedy horror film with girls involved with men (8) Down 2 Involuntary movement on the French shies (8)3 Essential oil from Maltese town daughter dropped (5)4 Most slimy zoo site rebuilt (7)5 Computing sequence’s price upset girl (7)6 Lincoln and Lamb grafted shrub with white or pink flowers (6)7 Swaggers, having iron restraint (6)8 Takes a meal, said to provide for with force units (5)9 Misjudged the costs getting me to advertise free! (13)10 William Morris’ movement affected tar and beach boats (13, three words)17 Savoy princess of solid appearance, to some extent (3)19 Begs to provide for small county (9)21 Bletchley Park mathematician’s no good in Italian city (5)25 One that’s charged with Reagan’s campaign slogan! (8)27 Letter from Hawaii with love (3)29 This Jack has the makings of a high churchman! (7)32 It’s half-day closing, mate! (6)33 Cultured fellows beginning to support a team from Edinburgh (6)35 Happy expression in a refrain is handed on, a bit (5, hyphened)37 Base of alcohol in litre they mixed (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 May.

2455:  Shadow boxing

Thursday

9 Apr 2020
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2452: Comme on dit

The unclued lights (five of two words and one of three) should be paired to reveal four expressions verifiable in Brewer. Ignore one accent. Across 10 Plant setter left, it being covered in resin (5)11 Hardy bay tree? Obviously not (6)12 Bioethical problem of 150 willing to participate with 18 (7)16 Central American distributed narcotics – a fool (10, two words)17 Be subject to stress pointlessly (8)20 Purple stonecrop – otherwise almost rosé, in France (5)21 The very nature of German city church (7)22 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have no love for old coins (5)24 Several parishes with services starting mid-week (3)27/18 Positive evidence of porcine acupuncture? (6)31 Toss last bit of pepper into casserole (5)33 Not starting daily exercise? It’s this! (7)34 Bird and Australian shellfish on bow of trawler (5)35 One old party remains backing cones (8)38 Some hammer Ephesians regularly (4)40 Derrick or Redgrave, we hear – sturdy Scots (6)41 Roman soldier is a great distance away! (5)42 Tattered ends I’d twisted – proven (14, three words) Down 2 Small clumsy fellow is a boor (4)3 Halt dinner getting cooked in region away from a port (10) 4 Oil from the Cotswolds? (7)5 The cream of the Carmelites (5)7 Preparing for winter drive, taking risk going over bottom of avenue  (7, hyphened)8 Svelte, small gnome gets extremely drunk, we’re told (14, hyphened)9 It’s more than enough having quiet time to fast at end of May (6)13 Bishop, for example, with quarters in ecclesiastical residence (5)15 Farm leader deposed from local office (5)18 See 27 Across 19 Foyers, where 37 blue ones get scattered (10)23 Trembled, when in small fragments (8)26 Marmoset from the west is a small monkey (7)28 Love pleasant place for topping – it’s waiting in readiness (5, two words)29 Small flat’s ready (3)30 Sack on French bed, glittering in the flames (7)35 Woman even outside displays radiance (5)37 Eve stripping displays underwear (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 April.

2452:  Comme on dit

Saturday

21 Mar 2020

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29 Feb 2020
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2446: Spring time

Each clue defines the full solution to which the letter-count refers. However, the cryptic wordplay leads to the grid entry, after one letter has been omitted each time it appears in the full solution. The omitted letters in clue order reveal a relevant timely phrase which solvers should include with their entry. Across 1 Helped top-class lad (8) 4 150 sects accepting alternative maths aids (11) 10 Any reply sorted about church theft? (12, two words) 11 Eccentric fellow returns the French novel (7) 12 Sit astride stump (8) 14 Tooth-shaped, partly bent, oily (7) 15 Hired jeans regularly provide fabric (6) 16 Holes in English slab overturned (7) 22 Rock from joiner and his lad in Kent? (9) 23 Thou arranges — in extra brief? (8) 24 Dash under in France (5) 25 Silly laughs at firearms regularly (7) 27 He plays Risk battling Margaret endlessly (8) 29 Drummer for The Who and relatives having a moment working (9, two words) 32 SW choirs reviewed (7) 34 Apply pressure to broken hinge (7) 35 Cockney’s warmer cafe (6) 36 Mail guy ordered on isle (8) 37 Hang around holding Catholic, making a bow (7) 38 In the depths of Galway Wood, wandering (12, four words) 39 The French island supports cubs (11, two words) 40 Stick with novelist cycling (6) Down 1 Writers’ lists damaged bard’s desks (12, two words) 2 Wild sidetracked, even (6) 3 Community Heath brought about (8) 4 Families having rupees for make-up removers (9) 5 Leo going round a street twice, is an upholder of a belief (11, two words) 6 Count is rioting — causing these? (8) 7 Out East, look after artist on plain (6) 8 Pertinent associations affecting eleven RCs (10) 9 Sidesmen’s empty warning (5) 13 Antihistamine mixed in talc.

2446: Spring time

Saturday

8 Feb 2020
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2443: Middle of the road

The unclued lights are of a kind. Chambers does not include 17D.   Across 4 New cabinet door which bears information (11) 11 Depict England captain Illingworth after drink (7) 12 Unploughed land where member takes in bad air (6, hyphened) 13 In France, he is in school, for the most part (9) 14 Good wild party and very dangerous (5) 19 Flight, first to arrive along take-off strip (7) 23 See and hear connection working (7) 24 Money for short part of a chapter (4) 25 Sleeping attire could be almost these! (7, hyphened) 30 Mass VII arranged for Indian religion (7) 31 Cape familiar to the matador? (4) 32 Tailed horse and bull one night in March (7) 35 He contradicts judge — worried? True! (7) 37 Like Fred Trueman, somewhat savage, leading Yorkshire (5) 41 Very minor piece composed, it’s all in C (9) 42 Carried back is just too much for Pierre (6, two words) 43 Colonial of New France and Canada I bred (7) 44 Increase in opinion of estate with spa (11, two words)   Down 1 Small apprentice, having time in Karachi, befuddled Communist member (11) 3 His life was filmed in Cumbria, naturally (5) 5 Exam to do with rural life, forgetting past (4) 6 Army and navy in lake (4) 7 Demand to go round to pick up (7, two words) 8 Started embracing Irene at first, then Sophie finally at dance (7) 10 Looking seedy, I arrive at the Mediterranean coast (7) 17 Ladies’ hat-maker cut amount of advertising space available (7) 18 Linguistic experts revealing girl in Indian villages (11) 20 Auction item — one that’s quite odd (7) 22 In addition, repair hot tureen (9) 27 Army fellow with small familiar.

2443: Middle  of the road

Saturday

18 Jan 2020
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2440: Dizzy tiny blonde

The unclued lights (as four pairs and a singleton which includes an abbreviation and apostrophe) are of a kind. 36 is an acronym and 10 includes an accent. Solvers should highlight a further themed title of two words hidden separately in the final grid.   Across 1    Sheriff’s officer’s wild spat during argument (8) 12    Land on tree; mother has pronounced dead first (10, two words) 13    English work about wing flap (6) 14    24 change of heart for this bishop (7) 15    Girl in The Crown that’s on her knees (8) 18    Pair paid the bill on both legs? (9, hyphened) 19    Former PM presenter with sound of whirling waters by civic bigwig (9, two words) 20    Heartless worries! (4) 21    Players moaned on the radio (4) 27    Cheap and nasty introduction to Thomas by his author (6) 29    Days gone by in the boundaries of Yorkshire (4) 32    Tiles from a tea shop, with edge of roof having collapsed (9, two words) 34    Like viruses — a cryptic clue, all right! (9) 38    Costumier loses stone cooking Japanese omelette (7) 39    Most logical form of assent (6) 40    Produce notes about tiny number offering bribes (10) 41    Like a spot decision for a quick photo of card game (4)   Down 1    The throng from one of the estates? (8, two words) 2    Mull, say— isn’t water, but … (6) 4    Ugly dwarf spreading ye old tales of crew members (14, two words) 6    Clean refrigerated gear missing.

2440: Dizzy tiny blonde

Thursday

5 Dec 2019
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2437: Sketchy

The unclued lights (two of two words, one of which includes an apostrophe) are of a kind. Where alternative final letters occur, M and O are to be used, not T and I.   Across 11    Carpet salesman finished right at the front (7) 12    Rode at front, elevated as aid to driver (6, hyphened) 16    Superior meal, seconds not required (5) 19    Negative terminal coated roughly with touch of hydrochloric (7) 21    Look closely for perimeter of perimeter! (4) 23    African country’s merit reappraised just a little (7) 24    Old coin in Roope’s overcoat (4) 25    Recommend guests get changed around midnight (7) 30    Get stressed and awfully upset about small space (7, two words) 31    Found in the Taf area, not around here (4) 32    Work out in Scottish isle starts to get energetic (7) 34    Regularly incur two females? Enough! (4) 35    Stan, not half discourteous, left dessert (7) 40    The Stones’ memorial? (5) 42    Embassy official lacking electronic link (6) 43    Nothing to fix unfairly with French friend in paperwork (7) 44    Hello! That’s an excellent bit of planing! (11, two words)   Down 1    Foreign money one checks for monks (11) 2    Put in a further charge? (6) 3    Betray secrets, causing rift (5) 5    Having lost head, rings to offer apology for mistake (4) 6    Legless in Lyon, returning during service (4) 8    Out of office having managed these five councils (7) 9    Stronghold taken over by private landlord (9) 10    Depression ends changes in regiment (7) 15    Old noble initially gallant during those times (5) 17    Check before opening (7) 20    Renders defenceless, organising raids outside of Madras (7) 26    Pretentious chap taken to court for hearing (5) 28    Receiver accepts top-grade earthenware (7) 29    Abrupt start from barrister with trick question thrown in (7) 33    Genuine manuscript showing spheres of activity (6) 36    Poet using some randy language (5) 38    Gershwin’s back, covering for Indian (4) 39    Smile, taking day off from hard work (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 6 January.

Thursday

14 Nov 2019
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2434: Eat it!

The unclued lights (two of two words), individually or as one pair, are of a kind.   Across 9    City call that reverberates (4) 11    A bouncer from evil European, reportedly (9, two words) 12    The Times with leaders only advocating German economic safeguards (4) 17    Explosive sounds of large swallows (5) 20    Petty quarrel – one with a student about room (7) 21    Scully’s partner hiding love for modeller? (7) 25    Colours of birds surrounding top of nest (5) 26    Landowner in Scottish mire died (5) 31    Sailing boats departed taking three directions (7) 34    Admissions of debt by scamp lacking respect (7) 37    Pet about to return, so put out food? (5) 38    The occasion, we’re told, for tears (5) 39    Used pipe and inhaled cocaine (6) 40    Model in tabloid causing shock (4) 42    Old magistrate backed some Lego demonstration (4) 43    Virtual meeting in France once cell re-organised (14, two words)   Down 1    Top-level luminary keeps hide for writing (6) 2    Bit of white beet from Somerset town (5) 3    Complied with former pupil and watched (6) 4    Shocking hair-do, redhead left in a state (5) 5    Prosecutor gives account, having caught junkie (7) 6    Bird with top of head removed by rustic (7) 7    Small ear of corn hanging, end cut (6) 8    See drink as visionary aid (8) 10    Device suitable for clothing octopus? (10, three words) 13    Written passages bringing doctrine into middle of lesson (7) 15    Salesman has right with online trader (8) 19    Materials out East ordered for scaremonger (8) 22    Markets sounding fantastic and special (7) 23    In good shape for the Oval? (8) 27    Worryingly, I see! See! (7) 29    Fix empty residence and shop (7) 30    US residential area now put out (6) 32    Old lover’s bird (6)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 December.

Thursday

24 Oct 2019
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2431: Pride of place

The unclued lights (two of two words) be paired and are linked by an anagram of the four letters in the yellow squares. Brewer verifies the theme.   Across 1    No stamp confused Pat. Could be him! (7) 6    Optical expert’s endless worry returning item for camera (7) 12    Gave notice of danger of now withdrawn chemical by the sea (7) 14    Disturbances in Stroud not so regularly (5, hyphened) 15    Little men on the front row (5) 16    Bad criminal having time in ancient Greek city (6) 17   Way to anticipate enormous sadness (6) 19    Could be Orange where slavery did not exist (9, two words) 21    Moths or some pachyderm in Essex (7) 24    Silk and crepe ordered for young swimmers (9) 26    Wimbledon favourite’s purse forming capital to set up a project (9, two words) 30    Airless arena demolished with old boy in charge (9) 32    The last rounds when decorative toppings lose one (6) 33    Sounds of personal transport in Cornish mines (6) 35    Trifle endlessly — in a way (5) 36    Completely ruin tenor and alto work (5) 37    Majority for Brexit result, apparently? (7) 38    Harris’s jacket (6) 39    Fruit from mother and children (7) 40    Very thick-headed son in study-group (7)   Down 1    Petition — but for Caesar would be satisfied (7) 2    Fletcher’s prison group … (5) 3    … the right moment for porridge (4) 4    It provides the beat from the underground department (9) 5    Low emotional conditions affected noon raids (6) 7    Senior seaman went fast and spoke with a rough voice (6) 8    Just a little square — being of consequence (10) 10    Belittles the French city (7) 20    Revealing injunction to liar? (8) 22    Field events last month at Irish city cut short (9) 23    House-warming show left out faded flower (8) 25    Popular couple of men with many smudges (8, two words) 26    With workers appointed and stopped replacing learners with females (7) 27    Fool, perhaps, locked up? (7) 29    Showing skill when presented with a simple goal (6) 31    PM extremely believable? Possibly (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 November.

Thursday

3 Oct 2019
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2428: Tracks to the isles

The unclued lights (one of two words), individually or as two pairs, are of a kind. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.   Across 1           Groups of helpers providing accompaniments to pop-singers (8) 5           Trembling like fish (6) 14         Some weekend supplement (3) 16         Lionel wrecked ornamental metalwork (6) 17         Pack animal in a shopping plaza from the east (5) 18         Climber following others’ lead, like a sheep (5) 20         Early satellite rattles around (7) 22         Minerva regularly gripped by desire to win (7) 24         Scandalous episode of trade show in unopened eatery (7) 25         Clans parking in groups (5) 26         Toss last bit of pepper into casserole (5) 28         Flies second in six going west (7) 31         Lyre from shelter made from 6 (7) 33         Set aside half of area in the shape of a ring (7) 37         Gave one’s playmates a hand? (5) 38         Character from Highland festival around mid-July (5) 40         Unusual version of Love divine (3) 42         Old flier’s info about stunning blow (6)   Down 1           It enables operators to link words as one bachelor is troubled (13, two words) 2           Cordelia’s opening her father’s net (5) 3           Group in Arctic eagerly reveals cold period (6, two words) 6           Protects US actress (7) 7           Distributes onions Mum dropped (6) 10         Stand about, just to rile constituents (6) 11         Small county ordered these linen items (9) 12         Suitable reporter (13) 15         Compound answer covering empty argument (7) 19         This attendant involved with chartered surveyor could be disgraceful (9) 23         Big thaw causes river to swamp shelter (7) 27         Perennial weed singularly sown by dissipate youths? (7, two words) 30         Could be a gricer, a knight or a king (6) 32         Pastry seen at first in Polynesian island group (6) 34         Shade in France — endlessly dull and cloudy (5) 35         Law active in part of Palestine (5) 36         Meat and egg pie, butter, without a touch of mustard (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 October.

Thursday

12 Sep 2019
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2425: Herein

The unclued lights (two individually, both of two words, one an abbreviation, and five pairs) are of a kind. One further theme word appearing every third week should be highlighted.   Across 1           Men Prescott battered in dispute (11) 7           Liquid — mostly light red (3) 11         Beat about the ears? (6) 15         One in a suit showing spirit (5) 16         Question and answer about Long Island’s decline (5) 17         Active Liberal in breeding establishment backed the big folk! (6) 18         Local strains from most of Polish region (5) 20         Extremely succulent food for small carnivores (6) 22         Make a meal of a symphony! (7) 27         Colours blended in Dresden (7) 29         Great weight of gold falling off car’s boot (5) 30         Nameless Merseyside ground is far away (6) 32         Old Penny leaves scrounger for basketball player (5) 34         Yellow line round theatre seating (6) 36         Head librarian has spontaneous remark (5, hyphened) 37         Ten reservists — small specks (5) 38         Encyclopédie editor edited 31 books (7) 40         Leonardo’s time (3) 41         Rebirths — cancer’s seen destroyed (11)   Down 1           Percussion players adjust public address system that’s not dressed up (10) 2           Mounted soldiers save a line for sedative (8) 3           Opportune moment to proclaim ceremonial with Herb? (9, two words) 4           Distributed hand-outs to the Christian Church many times over (12) 6           What lorry on uneven camber may do a lot (8) 7           Some gain an exemption that’s crazy (5) 9           To obtain acknowledgement, order direct (6) 14         Soundly supported fine old fish disinfectants (12) 19         Outline plan of monthly magazine that’s only partly useful (10) 23         Could be a Birman highbrow (8, hyphened) 24         German car at centre of the Swiss city bearing metal (8) 25         Treat tripe and fish brought up (6) 31         Failed as player, having departed without runs (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 30 September.

Thursday

22 Aug 2019
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2422: 40 furlongs

The unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are the unclued Down ones, all verifiable in Chambers.   Across 7    Awkward tiff before mid-July is spasmodic (6) 11    Passionate entreaty from injured courier, around last month (10, three words) 13    Older noble initially gallant during those times (5) 14    Stock Exchange certificate St Paul found regularly (5) 15    Be determined by timeless article a very long time (7, two words) 17    Bringing ashore fish and it’s boxed! (7) 18    Indian comprehending most of old language (6) 19    Male Europeans consume unknown Mediterranean dishes (4) 22    Missed end of planned deadline – a note omitted (6) 24    Working in the parlour, she made out flippant graduate (9) 25    Guard, initially denied access (5) 26    Some tempest or monsoon (5) 28    Rejected and nullified, holding back information (9) 30    Three-masted boats – one unknown in loo (6) 39    Pipe second carol outside Kings (7) 40    Such dress will horrify sappers indoors (7) 42    Three cheers for the West Indian cricket captain (5) 44    Initiate a set, having the support beforehand (6) 45    Useless pastureland in Black Country town (6)   Down 2    Place of entertainment that’s new in district (5) 3    Green light changed, without the petty critic (7) 4    Gloomy donkey from central Greece, long ago (6) 5    Recitatives starting Scarlatti compositions even (5) 8    Dash over to meet a German to swap car? (7, hyphened) 10    Wished to have relaxed without you, we’re told (6) 12    Discussion meeting, lecture or online communication call (10) 16    Italian ode translated, based on the power of the mind (10) 20    God of marriage ignored European choral work (4) 21    SW US horseman cooked albacore around lake (9) 23    Walk briskly round construction toy (4) 27    Socialist crowd revised plan (7) 29    Spenser’s frightened a lad going round river (7) 30    Maybe, Gable or Monroe starts to film in thin fog (6) 31    Boil to come into view, with light (6) 32    Most expensive drink with no date (6, hyphened) 34    Record kept in Brussels may finally produce praise (6) 37    Some miser always up in the gods (5) 38    Caught on the track in the East Neuk (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 9 September.

Thursday

1 Aug 2019
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2419: Figures in place

The unclued lights (individually or one pair) are of a kind. But, before entry into the grid, all but one has to be adapted figuratively speaking, so that one or two characters appear in an unchecked square.   Across   4    Most Britons could become members of a band (11) 11    I’ll join regiment under canvas, on the move (7) 13    Was boisterous – I’ll return, danced around (9) 14    Animal, one with fur on (5) 16    Dirty article removed for relation (5) 19    Aim is to keep safe, that’s for certain (7) 21    In torpid lethargy (4) 23    Danced the night away in hell with secondary pupil (7) 24    Oddly, team lack cosmetic preparation (4) 31    Even parts of unsacred aromatic plant ... (4) 32    ... damage side petal of African rue (7) 34    Region of the Near East (4) 35    Talk about watching, ignoring the time (7, hyphened) 37    The Scots 5 at quick departure, we’re told (5) 41    Hear tune varied round end of dreary Weber opera (9) 42    Hostel superintendent’s WW2 hide-away (6) 43    Spoil half the county’s borders (7) 44    Bits such as 5, 7 and 9 along with omega and zed (11, three words)   Down   1    Publicise new tramline for transport interchange (11, two words) 5    Bar bird (4) 6    Some initiation ceremony from the past (4) 8    Include new species of atom (7) 9    Vanguard from this company with small regimental flags (9) 10    To agree – completely (7) 15    Friend – or doubly so (5) 17    Wild cat is no sport, we’re told (7) 18    Attempt to out-think after first thought? (11, hyphened) 20    Part of the river Tay, sure to be involved (7) 22    When red is flickering, pull back and pay no attention (9) 26    Old money from mendicant.

2419: Figures in place

Thursday

11 Jul 2019
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2416: Silence

The unclued lights share a common feature at least once, different in each case.   Across 7    Liechtenstein test about roses and orchids, say (6) 13    Dot’s second kiss (5) 14    Paragons left out for plans (5) 15    Shave with iodine in Eastern part of China (7) 17    Right to hold gun overturned? Confirmation’s needed (7) 18    Five hundred flourishing trees. Not here, surely? (6) 19    Publication, one for long-distance travellers (4) 25    Spandex — beautifully crafted clothes (5) 28    One sharing digs making call before tea (9, hyphened) 30    Realise when touring, English not required here (6) 33    Furniture store, one with NZ parrot (4) 36    German lad who’s watching his weight (6) 40    Toxophily craftsmen who’ve not flourished as these craftsmen! (7) 41    House is tall, entirely lacking lift (5) 42    Subordinate to shout loudly, if half-heartedly (5) 43    Better order meal before I make a speech (10) 44    Spear seabird, heard on the radio (6) 45    Ship’s officer gets cleaner to cover bow of ship (6)   Down 1    Detail of tailor’s work means I look fantastic! (6) 2    The right one’s stopped to get up late (5, hyphened) 3    Bill, very reticent person, one stifled in praise (7) 4    Duke’s overcoat left out for cleaner (6) 5    Land in W23 (5) 6    Drink from trophy after Cambridge college lost at last (9, two words) 7    Hand-outs about rifles (6) 8    Quiet street cleaner (7) 9    Archie didn’t regularly reveal banker in Germany (5) 12    Investigating officer showing sympathy on the continent.

2416: Silence

Thursday

20 Jun 2019
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2413: Sign here please

The unclued lights are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer.   Across 11    Oil-well cap adjusted as ornamentation (10, two words) 13    Some entertainer, dynamic, but socially inept (5) 14    Horseman’s additional clause (5) 15    Half-scores I have in short are nerve-racking (7) 18    Wicket that is most unplayable for a batsman? (6) 19    Jack’s heard something in church (4) 22    Len rummaged in the locker with gusto (6) 24    O, Gorblimi — it’s a mess — it’s a tangle (9) 25    Cross beams? (5, hyphened) 26    Cycling clubs arrived in holy city (5) 28    Sirocco winds in the middle of summer — small world! (9) 30    Grievance of pastor with post-Reformation Latin (6) 33    Nuns’ clothing — non-starter for some (4, two words) 39    Cautious when fuel is spilt behind vehicle (7) 40    Former pupil likes editing column (7) 41    Head off nervous tension, supplying lock (5) 42    Diacritical sign reflected in unedited literature (5) 43    Likely place for fortune-tellers in China? (10, two words) 44    New customer parting with pence for salt (6) 45    Fish-meal starter — brought into room (6)   Down 2    Pulls faces when soldiers hug sailors (5) 3    Aged chap of note visiting Lord’s ground(7) 5    One river; almost a pair and another rising (5) 6    This, to boot, may lead to conversion (9, two words) 7    Check demand for material (6) 8    Both excluded? Therein may be the answer (7) 9    Given directions, expected to invest (5) 10    Wimbledon champion’s eel (6) 12    Poor Sidney’s lad showing greed and pride, say (10, two words) 16    Middlemen specify new law about kitchen equipment (10) 20    Advance look before article appears (4) 21    Goes mad about collapse in beachwear (9, hyphened) 30    Setter expecting sandwiches (6) 31    Also heard before prison, getting bird (6) 32    Bans untidy beards (6) 34    Cheat makes contract (6, two words) 35    River flood in which soldiers are lost (5) 37    Non-stop raid? (5) 38    Stink about Wimbledon’s No 2 left mark on seed (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 8 July.

2413:  Sign here please

Thursday

30 May 2019
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2410: Alphabetical jigsaw

Clues are presented in strict alphabetical order of their solutions. Solvers have to assign the solutions to their correct places in the grid jigsaw-fashion.   A) A French messenger’s unending rage (4) Unaltered first principle that’s non-British (4, two words) Far off (4)   B)  Litter from Mark outside vehicle (8)   C)  Sinclair gets off at Norfolk keep (12, two words) Confirm listed items, we’re told, for dramatist (7)   D)  Last old leading Renaissance artist (5)   E)  Awfully hot aldermen absorbing heat (11)   F)  Hunts since heavens knows when (7)   G)  One sitting by the roadside, it’s said, in latex (11, hyphened)   H)  Greets former Tory lord, not one who overacts (5) Some posh, if inexpensive, music centre (4, hyphened)   I)  Popular dilemma of philological notation (5) One single Basque city (4)   J)  Upset by rivalry, Keen changes top (7)   K)  Spoke of requirement for massage (5)   L)  Not so many needed for vulgar bonsai development (12, hyphened) John Knight’s bird (4) Look over cost, being strapped? (6) Position inducing indolence (5)   M)  Farrow drinks some of the German wine and Bucks Fizz (6)   N)  Eroding representation of African peoples (7)   O)  Regret spoken of at ancient theatres (4) It’s apocryphal with four drowned in hardly the newest beer (12, three words)   P)  Mentally intimidating moan by monarch heard (8)   Q)  Worker to leave around at four with key amount measurement (12)   R)  Girl runs into another plant (8)   S)  Order taxi as barons faced trouble (11, four words)   T)  Account during this time for C20th painter (7) Label graduate’s body part (5) The function of seaweed at hospital section (7) Matches for Spurs and the Hammers say (5) Believe person of some distinction is reliable (11)   U)  As one at West Ham or Leeds (6) From Jura, ninth salt (6)   V)  Composer and aquanaut cycling (5) Orcadian bays having vetch on each side initially (4)   W)  Garbage has been twice emptied out (5) Flower and sweet sherry, regularly presented (5) It turns as we will when speaking (5)   X)  Persian king accepted old copies (7)   Y)  Brutal service provider (5)   Z)  Religious overseer at leaving disorderly lazaretto (7) Lazily, jogger spurns statue centrally at temple tower (8)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 17 June.

2410: Alphabetical jigsaw

Thursday

9 May 2019
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2407: Stickmen

The unclued lights, four of two words, individually or as a pair, are of a kind.   Across 11    After hint turned up, end of match had leftist outwitted (7) 12    Problem with French name turning page (6) 13    January not starting pleasant round island — likely to be soaked?  (9, three words) 14    Break-time first — that’s the general drift! (5) 16    Light-hearted joking when taking tea with F-Fawley (5) 19    Data emerged; half rejected. What a yarn (7) 21    The look of disheartened middlemen (4) 24    Tail, small and trim (4) 25    Tool for shaping wood from a spruce possibly (7) 30    Neapolitans ain’t removed from reviewing European language (7) 31    Short festival adopting fifty in old age (4) 34    Just short of a healthy appetite! (4) 35    Met — by accident? (7, two words) 40    Servant returns pocketing rand and other currency (5) 41    Queen new to palace across river (9) 42    Was sound asleep? (6) 43    Fog in 6 after being unsettled (7, two words)   Down 2    Felines carrying little weight? (6) 3    Do something about London suburb (5) 5    Something penned by Lehar, I assume? (4) 6    County no longer known (4) 8    Clothes companies? (7) 9    Hank and Chuck, say — one fellow’s embracing another (9) 17    Why, on reflection, you can’t go back? (7) 20    Clock up early sales — a couple of pounds after wild spree (7, hyphened) 22    Eddy, like this theme, hogging large mike (9) 28    Extra name in article about garden feature (7) 29    Bracelet coming from factory in region — not English (7) 33    Yard behind shop floor (6) 36    Small explosive with opening, turning (5) 38    Novelist, leading thinker and rhymester (4) 39    Beseeching chum for gem (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 May.

2407:  Stickmen

Wednesday

17 Apr 2019
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2404: 1+2 = 3+4

The unclued lights (one of two words) share a feature, different in each case, and one is a past participle. One of the clued solutions shares this feature but is not as long and should be highlighted. One other solution is an acronym.   Across 5    Army doctor’s business supported by wife’s capital (6) 10    New move in Bern towards the end of the year (10, two words) 12    Aristocratic address in heart of family plot and garden (6) 16    More than one existence demented enthusiast shuts out (5) 17    Duck rejected nests beside trees (7) 18    ‘Endurance’ wrecked mainmast, all but one metre (7) 20    Pursuing girl, I must leave pleasant London house (8) 25    Range in gangway regularly (3) 26    Cambridge University’s firm about French department (7) 28    Harbingers of the knights of old? (7) 29    Feel unwell, you say? It’s the drink! (3) 34    Vessel Civil Engineer stole, breaking it (7) 36    Attempt to overthrow leading Tsarist leads to debate (7) 39    Bishop, for example, with quarters in ecclesiastical residence (5) 41    Island ways reported (6) 42    Climbing like one going somewhere (10, four words) 43    The son may get confused, but is truthful (6)   Down 1    Depression that shows in one’s face (6) 3    I like, regularly, to embrace God (6) 4    Comes close, partially within earshot (5) 6    Apparently veto-free Scottish resort (4) 7    Minicar lies smashed — make illegal? (11) 8    River to flow gently, as one might say (4) 11    Leaves helpless on the beaches (7) 14    Head spread! (4) 15    One of 17 in France he turned over with me (4) 16    Describe in more detail and rue plan gone wrong (11, two words) 19    The area in which Alastair Cook really excels, for starters (4) 21    Home of Neil Armstrong’s service ambition initially (4) 22    Cautious, taking tail off fish (4) 23    Number Six and boy taken in by nosey parker (8)+ 24    Puny folk, Royal Marines, separately boarding vessels (7) 25    Chorister in Walton’s embrace (4) 30    Instrument that’s not broken evenly (4) 31    Took a single queen (4) 32    A mountain, a river and a desert (6) 33    Oxbridge working in harmony (6) 35    Canon, Ely’s first, camping? (5) 37    Chronic fatigue — doctor issues note (4) 38    Cunning tricks may be fine (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 6 May.

2404: 1+2 = 3+4

Thursday

28 Mar 2019

Thursday

7 Mar 2019
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2398: All steamed up

The unclued lights (five of two words, two pairs and a singleton) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer.   Across   11    Ore obtained by worker underground, a trainee (7) 12    DJ due to broadcast around ten (6) 16    Bound by discretion, one is silent (5) 19    Quandary of back-cover girl (7) 21    Bridge closure? (4) 23    In France the one certain time for relaxation (7) 24    Second bird in winter nest (4) 25    Setter’s quick riposte around the end of June — does it get on your nerves? (7) 31    Crossing-point for number of French (4) 32    Treads that are relative (7, hyphened) 34   Top of robe that’s in fashion gets ripped (4) 35    In wraps, she should embrace summer in France (7) 37    Made a hole, say, in a piece of wood (5) 40    Welsh girl’s average, about third in English (5) 41    Norton’s characters who utilise libraries? (9) 42    Health of sportsmen having appeal (6) 43    Cooker, not new, slowing down on the whole (7) 44    Make-up list for Shrove Tuesday? (11, two words)   Down   1    Immodest Ben reviewed incorporations (11) 2    Oil spilt during wine fiddle (6) 3    Cancel yearly publication, after fifth has been shelved (5) 5    Monstrous figures regularly met in court case (4) 6    Enrich with alcohol in line with unbeatable service (4) 7    Faux pas having arrived during silent uprising (7) 8    Car Edward checked over (7) 9    Fantasies limit Liberal parties (9) 10    Tornado scrambled creating a stink (7) 20    A unit I’m forming in a single detail (7) 27    Launch site with low take-up period (7) 28    Country lane at the end more rocky, it’s said (7) 33    Almost noon, not late (6) 36    Put one’s foot down — it’s time to study (5) 38    Aussie PM has well under half popular vote (4) 39    This lad upsets another! (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 25 March.

2398:  All steamed up

Thursday

14 Feb 2019
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2395: Concise crossword

The seven clues below have to be interpreted cryptically and are then entered in the grid where they will fit. (In 10 Down, alphabetical order takes precedence in one unchecked letter.) AL (12, two words) EARTH (10) IF (7) L (9, three words) RI (11, three words) STEW (8, two words) WAND (5, two words)   Across 1    Showily virile Scot by house (5) 4    Note flaps ordered for old overshoes (9) 11    Dismal day at the back (5) 12    Canal by the German forest in the north-east (7) 15    American long time in employment (5) 16    These old coins are suggested by insignificant Scottish fellows (6) 22    Sideways walk across bridge (7) 25    Hair-style from Russian city (4) 27    Landmark near the Bull Ring having deterioration beneath, reportedly (7) 28    Sapper, busy, responding to stress (8) 33    Gossip, greedy, regularly a fish-eater (6) 34    Bums on new seat, broken (5) 35    Port holding good game (5) 37    Casually visits to abandon wickedness (7, two words) 38    Poet moving gently dropping article (5) 39    The stupidity of yoof drunk with Merlot (10) 41   Chain letters? (5)   Down 1    Rule of thumb of odd Romanies up working (13, two words) 4    Heartless publisher having to throw out novelist (6) 5    Working hard is somewhat platitudinous (4, two words) 6    It’s excellent when cut on antique leaflet for a wallet (7) 8    Write mournfully with a third of elegantly detailed design overturned (8) 10    Blow-pipes? (13) 13    Stopping places in Durban for oranges (7) 15    Revised account about pud and tea (6) 17    (2 - 0) + 250 + 55 + 250 = ____? (6) 18    Its leaves provide fodder for two birds (6, two words) 19    Notes choristers being spoken of (7) 20    Cockney houses and burrows (6) 23    A very English mass with song and prayer (8, two words) 29    Jack receiving every bit of delivery (6, two words) 30    Small fruit shoots (6) 32    Drank up in store (5) 36    Prison outside of Gaelic school (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 March.

2395: Concise crossword

Thursday

24 Jan 2019
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2392: Beknighted

The unclued lights, two of two words and the remainder when paired, are of a kind.   Across 1    No fellow for mixing! (8, two words) 8    Over the channel I have left the Bastille, say (4) 12    Garbage has been the empties (5) 14    Seals cases (7) 16    Care costing less than a shilling (4) 17    Overheard boy get down to pray (5) 18    Is leaving Rhodesia, troubled. How sad (6, two words) 22    As a literary quintet getting on thus? (8) 24    Joined the union later! (6) 25    What happens at noon improves (6) 27    Manage to go over most of country house of historical importance (7) 29    Female gatekeeper left lock overlapped (8) 33    Blank strip having three European articles (6) 34    Some Tories sigh about immigrant (5) 35    Clink of glasses at Oxford lecture, starters (4) 37    Medicine brought you and me together, we hear (7) 40    Croquet player’s cosmetic treatment in IoM town (4) 41    One’s name badly undone by this? (8)   Down 2    One leading Anna — Frozen’s leading characters (4) 3    Book of Lawrence’s — The Rainbow (6) 4    Five fleeing criminal take-over finding royal hiding place (7, two words) 5    Exposers do so very quickly (10, three words) 6    A US politician entering top educational surroundings (7) 7    Conclusive argument of hosiery maker holding chart (11) 8    Loos for Biggles creator (5) 9    Extra blank page with free Latin in translation (9) 13    French noble held by visionaries — corrupt fellows (8) 15    Illness around Tirol, spreading awkwardly (11) 19    Drinks in Cornwall? Possibly a good sign for the staff (10) 20    Twine holds pea plant (8) 21    Could be a stretch living in mud in the east! (9) 26    Flier’s deception about a Shetland viol (7) 30    Crazy French soul, this woman (6) 31    Sturgeon’s trod regularly in city on the Adige (6) 32    Fellow up in police custody (5) 36    Farm-servant’s rear (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 February.

2392: Beknighted

Thursday

3 Jan 2019
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2389: All change

The unclued lights can be paired in some way or other. One is of two words.   Across 1    Distrain a dog brutally leading to loss of status (12) 10    Deep blue of Mediterranean ‘îles’ (4) 14   When this fish turns, it’s not fit for eating (3) 17    Pays attention to journalist when he’s around (5) 18    ‘Let It Be’ almost ruined with inclusion of classy little singer (7, two words) 19    Trees that appear to be almost uncharted (6) 22    Love in a home on the water (6) 24    Fellow back in police custody (5) 26    Such a company about to get by, with Conservative’s behind (9) 27    Economic deficits – snares into which the old have fallen back (9, two words) 29    Deep in retreat, Irish gods (5) 31    Be disposed to worry dogged by tax officer (6, two words) 34    Academic, regrettably, rebuffed peace gesture (6) 36    Competent father cutting wire (7) 38    Wind, awfully wet, sheltering at home (5) 39    A new crisis erupts causing bloomers to be made (8) 40    Expert fancies ignoring the odds (3) 42    Like some previous edition? (4) 43    Innate tendency to censure and hurt (12, two words)   Down 3    Iris, cheerful university type (7) 4    A period return to, say, Wembley (5) 6    Harley Street doctor – no sharer of tea (6) 7    Sheath used in procreation (5) 8    Hooks a French carp ideally, for starters (4) 9    Public houses? (12, two words) 11    From fish, seaweed and sulphur, something perfect for chemist (8, two words) 13    Pole redesigned that nice cart (12, two words) 16    Television company’s palm (3) 28    A near shave with hands laid off? (7, two words) 30    Girl cut into firm material (6)} 32    Circuit of Silverstone provided amusement, at first (3) 33    Girl takes the biscuit (5) 35    Neil Armstrong, first to return from another world? (5) 37    She is able to retire with what was very little money abroad (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 January.

2389:  All change

Thursday

22 Nov 2018
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2386: Outside what we know

Three unclued lights featured the remaining ones, two of two words, the others paired. Two of them do double duty. Elsewhere, ignore one circumflex.   Across 7/7D Part of microscope under old coach (8) 11    Country house’s grand spread (6) 15    This is very slow, taking only a second to catch (5) 16    Pretentious fellow taken to court, reportedly (5) 17    Hold prisoner and bury at noon (6) 18    Rubber rope (5) 20    Possibly 22’s special ceremony (6) 21    Entrance halls where amateur match gets cut (5) 22    Upset goldminer spurns do for troublesome creature (7) 27    Mathematical array from graduate taking a moment (7) 29    Put to use some cheap plywood (5) 30    Bush, perhaps, angry initially about secret service (6) 34    Theatre mission (6) 36    Italian singer’s instrument that’s not playing (5) 38    Reserved half the area with worker (7) 39    Ridges made when surrounding network (6) 41    Mistakenly rely on euros when travelling (11)   Down 1    Extremely angry when beer harvest season that’s produced when cut (10, two words) 2    Moving targets or no end of war are instruments of death (8) 3    Might waste time at this period during an LOI (9) 4    Perhaps patient needing bandages produces light luggage? (12, two words) 5    Old shed below, second-hand (7) 7    See 7 Across 9    Old apple sent up for £10 (6) 10    Eyesores, in a way? That’s right (5) 12    Two little boys are prey (6) 19    Distinguished — now my heart flutters (10) 21    Hors d’oeuvre from Spain a tot ordered (9) 24    Displace Amiss current England captain (6) 25    Former pupils having manual about English (7) 26    Pot-holer takes a day finding dead body (7) 28    Marks and other currency (6) 31    Blood carrier, a kind heading off on ambulance initially (5) 33    Tourist guide or messenger, at heart, is dreary over the border (5) 35    Talk of Minet? (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 December.

2386:  Outside what we know

Thursday

1 Nov 2018
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2383: Flagged

The unclued lights, one of two words, and the others when paired are of a kind. One individual unclued light does double duty.   Across 1    Women’s painting seen initially returning by tube (5) 4    Look about, right and left, in a jaunty manner (9) 9    Home I leave — priests’ centre’s defining acts of wickedness (10) 11    Give address that’s fancy, not new (5) 12    Porcelain broken, lacking no true copy (7) 16    Trojan horse finally gains access to a stable backwards (6) 21    What is going beyond The Pale? (8) 24    Fair during the 70s (4) 27    Nemesis from Bremerhaven, Germany (7) 28    Fielder at opponent’s ground has to leave quietly (8, two words) 33    Thank you, and goodbye (6) 34    A top up (5) 35    Composer with note in stamped envelope (5) 37    Ran back with speed to tell a tale (7) 38    Bananas are OK abroad (5) 40    Arrogant Edgar, sadly superior (9, hyphened) 41    Admitted cycling to small bay (5)   Down 1    Salesgirl organised Spanish toasts (13, two words) 4    Snub fruit drink and game (6) 5    Worthless tinder (4) 6    Repeat it, adding note on rebuke (7) 8    Hangers-on seen off by local manager (8) 10    Lagerfeld and graduate fired ten darts at target in old German city (13, two hyphens) 13    Alternative medicine eliminating one type of disease (7) 18    Calms when everyone agrees (6) 19    Vest — and what it finishes with (7) 20    Maltese town providing fragrant oil with touch of delicacy (6) 23    Burning waste in Africa? (8) 26    One cheats in party game (7) 29    Chemical company about to take on the French — result of the big freeze? (6) 30    Leading lady cut short with smack (6) 36    Bound to be exhausted, disheartened (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 19 November.

2383: Flagged

Thursday

11 Oct 2018
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2380: Dedover

All the unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are all the unclued Down ones. They can be paired appropriately, and can be confirmed in Brewer.   Across 4    What’s blocking criminal courts I bet around five? (11) 11    Land adviser returning to wharf without question (7) 16   Suave young socialite leaves broadcasting (5, two words) 21    Not half remarkably rapid. It’s the limit! (4) 23    Surrounded by endless birdsong, aim and shoot (7) 24    Concert walk at the seaside (4) 25    One going in lower, not both (7) 30    Select group making lake bed, first (7) 31    Bird to drop head for nothing (4) 34    Wild ox hiding in the midst of shanty aboard (4) 35    After snarl-up, motorists’ group’s taken over in charge of island (7) 37    How the heats are contested? (5) 40    Society member working by farm in the south of France (5) 41    Restrict beer supplies in principle (9) 42    Assassin’s butt by the river (6) 43    Words of warning for the present and times gone by (7, two words) 44    Intercept bad ball, ignoring wings, moving to middle (11)   Down 1    One can sit through this crux if one tries (11, two words) 2    Building expert missing from introduction by sailor (6) 3    Thought of employment in Maryland? (5) 5    Number three in aquarium feeding young male dolphin (4) 6    Spoke of heartless descendant of Fatima (4) 7    Ditch in the south-west — attempt return from orbit here? (7, hyphened) 8    Spoke of 3-D changing room (7) 9    List of places I attempt to go round in time (9) 10    He calls at five.

2380: Dedover