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Thursday

30 Jun 2022
2562: Clear view but no vowels

The cryptic title of this week’s crossword leads to a five-letter representation of the theme. The unclued lights include two pairs; one solution has three words and six others are of two words.   Across 9 Wood sorrel plants tangled in 11 (4) 12 See 35 Down 14 Arrive at a junction in a flurry (6) 16 Intestinal condition involves some bile, usually (5) 17 Educated woman consumes a cucumber dish (5) 20 German short story portraying short month at women’s magazine (7) 21 Honour about six at counter (7) 23 Hurtful commercial jingle (7) 24 Palmettos seen from Tulsa balcony (5) 25 Restaurant employee drops one drink (5) 27 To economise is lacking all purpose (7) 30 Drug increased paranoia, we heard (7) 32 I repeatedly snore – sadly making more din (7) 36 Fights which are probably rigged (5) 37 Borrowing rate one pound a month (5) 38 Lazy old couple housing sailor (6) 40 Tom Cruise, extravagant dresser (9) 41 Ancient civilisation’s illusion (4) 42 Car trader who circles and cuts (7,6)   Down 2 A lot may go when it falls (5) 4 Man of note could break galley up intermittently (5) 5 Cloaks from party with Cretan king (7) 6 Month with birds in groups of eight (7) 7 Communications from English men, we hear (1-5) 10 One enjoying party sorted out rebel Croat (10) 13 Review composition of pure wit (5,2) 18 Flexible quality of priest with debt (10) 22 Led up river free from vermin (7) 26 New publication about children (7) 28 It affects sheep, as price changes (7) 29 Polish language, overheard (6) 31 Travelling assistant in a gig (6) 33 HM leaves dog in German city (5) 34 London team spurned by Poles in the neighbourhood (5) 35/12 Title of Panorama (5,4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 July.

2562: Clear view but no vowels

Thursday

9 Jun 2022
2559: Platinum upgrade

Reading clockwise around the perimeter are six theme words, in random order, one of which starts in square 38. The other two theme words are the unclued lights, one of which can be preceded by one normal solution which solvers should highlight.   Across 11 Limerick perhaps, shortened to make an impression (5) 12 Go to the front outside of Leatherhead (4) 13 Hurried, getting caught by Henry’s farm (5) 14 European gentleman concealed gaol-break (7) 15 With due respect to gun-dog – here’s the leader (4,6) 17 Kid is tense. Relax! (5) 20 Person in short race, small and peripheral (8) 21 The way extremists go (3,3) 23 Left harbour bearing wine (4) 26 Smooth main road (5) 27 Tin and sodium found amongst the Small Isles (5) 28 Like some previous edition? (4) 30 Back issue about furious vagabonds (6) 31 It’s secret, so be quiet – the both of you! (4-4) 36 Male captivated by goddess revealing bust (5) 38 Spirit and energy oneself embraces during fight (6,4) 40 Didn’t lie – was a candidate (5) 41 Against cutting prank (4) 42 Consolation, if repeated, at that point (5)   Down 2 Water swilling around in pots and pans (7) 3 Periodic table? (10) 4 This country overturned delay in the Gulf (6) 5 Perform punishment, upset teacher’s head (5) 6 Foremost crossword compiler, almost sweet (8) 7 Sir Mark Bush, Senior (5) 8 Estonian with one style of Pakistani cuisine (5) 10 Head spread! (4) 16 Animal making dash, getting trapped ultimately (5) 18 Cunning tricks may be fine (4) 22 I complain about girl (5) 24 Former pupil only Lawrence dated (8) 25 Oddly rougher area of Germany (4) 29 Halo of golden songbird, say (7) 32 Leeks cultivated with hard cash (6) 33 Classical actor with uniform for actor Reeves (5) 34 Frozen, like eels say (5) 35 His US cooks creating delicacy (5) 37 Final judgement upset one’s state of mind (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 June.

2559: Platinum upgrade

Thursday

12 May 2022
2555: 6 x 2 mixtures

The unclued lights (one of two words) can be resolved into six pairs, in some way related. Ignore one acute accent.   Across 11 Doc’s assistant possibly giving camper aid (9) 12 Peaceful girl, alluring one, topless, at end of promenade (5) 14 Old tub’s revolving cover (4) 15 Gun, for instance, made from macrame. Not odd! (3) 18 On the go, going by rail (7, two words) 19 A little energy from coal refined by Rhine, regularly (7) 22 Prevent, for instance, computing command (6, two words) 23 Mendelssohn’s songs of the boss, we’re told (6) 24 Single computing instruction from the nameless president (5) 27 Firmly establish award in limited edition (5) 29 Sour Drambuie Ma removed and put in the ground (6) 31 Farm buildings housing five in Cornish resort (6, two words) 34 Rain and wet ruined kitchen items (7) 35 Sergei, maybe, sort of blue, but lacking touch of purple (7) 38/37 Kolarian not once worldly (7) 39 Working hard, showing some gratitude (4, two words) 40 Vogue’s first popular feather dressing (11) 42 Old gym clubs removed from stately homes backing skill (9) 43 Savvies where to shelter at football stadia? (11)   Down 1 Experts organised class – is it PE? (11) 3 34 held out to fix a limit (11, three words) 6 Check again and plant it (6, hyphened) 7 Alternative recipe to go through (6) 8 ‘Long time, no see’ for such a bishop (7) 9 Herr Schmidt’s mistakes – only human? (4) 21 See 26 Down 26/21 Alloy used in jewellery making yellow duck, tailless (6) 30 Not having eaten enough to have posed nude, frolicking about (7) 32 Artist in Spanish car going round old city (6) 33 It’s a fiddle losing a small breed of domestic fowl (6) 36 Bitter for Pierre eating fries off and on (5) 37 See 38 Across   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 30 May.

2555:  6 x 2 mixtures

Thursday

28 Apr 2022

Thursday

7 Apr 2022
2550: Shorties

The unclued lights and eight clued without thematic definition are of a kind, expressly confirmed in a section of Chambers.   Across 4 Artisan on board, apparently (9) 9 Airline having to secure shopping accessory (10, two words) 11 Alton United seen regularly (5) 12 State loudly and close the innings (7) 14 It’s terrible about half of the lake having dried up (5) 15 Maintain he has left Michael in trouble (5) 16 Washes electronic instruments (6) 21 Waterproofs for artist in river up north (8) 22 Weeks at school in one or more stations (7) 24 Caesar’s for backing mine! (4) 25 Noted German out for fifty, opening (4) 27 Short sight? (7) 28 No good wheedling about capital (8, two words) 34 I left during a race on a slope (5) 35 Quick foray, seizing power (5) 37 Those who plunder small files with folio missing (7) 39 Grave demeanour having repaired one roué’s sari (10, two words) 40 French novelist has time with rhyming girl and boy (9, two words) 41 Cash for thoughts? (5)   Down 1 Vandal and striker broke metal drinking vessel (13, two words) 2 He leaves the baps for fishes (6) 3 Portrays office employee – isn’t wrong! (6) 4 Fold on the pitch (6) 7 Small friend’s sudden attack (5) 8 Abba’s album at airport facility (8) 10 Smells rose and rye brewed without respite (13) 13 Coat with lines and wrinkles (7) 17 Repaired a shirt (6) 19 Play ‘Stormy Weather’ (7) 20 Most prevalent form of strife (6) 23 Balanced diet set out late in the day (8) 29 In the centre of a poorly lit twisting street (6) 30 Fertile isle’s borders (6) 31 Dubliner’s heart set on pin-up (6) 32 Somewhat well-endowed (5) 36 Some upcoming amateur player (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 25 April.

2550: Shorties

Thursday

17 Mar 2022

Thursday

24 Feb 2022
2544: Fives

Clues lead to 5-letter solutions. Each set of ten clues is presented in alphabetical order of the solutions. Correct positioning in the grid of each set and the insertion of the appropriate letter in the central square will reveal six 11-letter words not otherwise clued. The 5-letter solutions to the four numbered clues are to be placed where indicated in the grid. Old settler’s fish Copying recording, but missing start Whisper on pop record’s principal song Play with tot – auntie’s first! Durham miss regularly tipples Pitman is the setter’s king Exemplary display Heavy drinker returned to transfer plants Check round son’s gum Cubic measure that doesn’t quite cover hi-fi Article 6: article about birds Entirely honest The End is nigh Is paid pots, we hear Apple from a tree Don’t take a holiday Small coins damaged plate Mask censers raised, revealing kisses An eye for a drink? Meat skewer, say Trying to catch past Old beers passed round – they’re bitter Garnett keeps two ducks apart Flower rates poorly Assess old burner right away Limerick, perhaps, shortened to make an impression Woo with ring, in short Capital prosecutor accepts a volume The retreat from Moscow? Maybe Arab runs in socks Before midday, I leave friend Acid from Naomi Worry about stag night, at first Discharge, for example, is in French Laughter from an Eastern ruler cycling (hyphened) Oasis and Nirvana dropping Ecstasy He’ll pay anger in time He followed FitzRoy to the Arctic Black stuff, hot, in truth Domineering woman ignoring a sign 1 Down Age and weight 2 Across Deal with wind 3 Across With nous, make it confidential 4 Down Club has no parking, say A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 14 March.

2544: Fives

Thursday

3 Feb 2022
2541: Beastly

The unclued lights are to be resolved into four (unrelated, non-thematic) phrases which share a common format.   Across 12 Pope, maybe, as thespian turning in late in France (9, two words) 13 Pound fine imposed on Bill Stevenson (5) 15 Reserve WC in polar areas (9) 20 Cosseted artist in recording was dominant (7) 24 Alastair organised white-collar workers (8) 26 Key worker’s jargon (4) 27 Sash Holbein regularly displayed (3) 28 Either way, one in order (3) 29 Resistance units – I see thousands (4) 32 Collier’s outer garment covers vestment that’s old (8, two words) 34 Bull and steer on left (6) 37 Agreement by smart lad returning green pottery (7) 42 Assistance for the poor, extravagant, willingly given (9) 43 Speak badly of topless dress (5) 44 Disciplined approach gets white rock broken (9, two words)   Down 1 Start of the alphabet spells ‘skunk’ (4) 2 Wild cats left out in capital (7) 3 Cold butter and jam (4) 4 Mr Toad’s prepared for fame (7) 5 Fate of City game, about 1 (8) 6 Ms Blethyn, Vera actress, last seen in bar, drunk (6) 8 Irish house cleaner finished early (4) 9 Reference to a tyro – soul in anguish (8) 10 Medium river not quite so long (5) 11 Take right away? (10) 14 One’s parents ached awfully first – with these ailments (9, two words) 18 Game bird not all on mountain top (9) 19 Technocrat ordered heavy garment (10, two words) 25 City girl turning up, breaking down (8) 26 Party providers ruined terraces (8) 30 Light shoe for team coach (7) 31 Money, having lots of it, but not hard at heart (7) 36 Eye specialist loses way in Windows (5) 38 Hawaiian goose on East Anglian river (4) 40 Heathens oddly reveal composer born in 2 (4) 41 Indian chauffeur in classic Edsel (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 February.

2541: Beastly

Thursday

13 Jan 2022
2535: Green light! Cross!

In this pangrammatical puzzle, the unclued lights are of a kind near 21A. Ignore all accents.   Across 7 Fresh out of Pinewood (3) 11 Prisoner’s popular winning move (6) 13 Sympathy strike at the docks? (7) 15 All the monks in class (5) 17 Some reach a téléphérique in Alpine ski resort (6) 18 A harp playing for Restoration playwright Behn (5) 21 Old German graduate going round Qawra’s isle (5) 22 Rice dish with bit of thyme dropped in on one’s knee (7) 27 New investment in gold bonds is for older women (7) 29 Little girl encountered in rubber boots (5) 30 Works Scott composed out East (6) 32 Almost imperceptibly moves the lips (5) 34 Novelist on the shelf? (6) 36 Attendant meets men in stately home (5) 37 Antelope put on a cross (5) 38 Former MP, Sir Gerald, in pub in African port, reflecting (7) 40 Some tannoy with parts regularly omitted (3) 41 Goose tongue or alpine Santa sorted (11, two words)   Down 1 Top grocery distributed flyer (10) 2 Leap atop bonkers and attract one’s interest (8, two words) 3 Just you having twelve fish on end of line (9, three words) 4 Cynthia Noble dancing up above the stalls (12, three words) 5 Regalia ordered for cattle accommodation (7) 6 Wholesale trader is Ivory’s film partner (8) 8 Send a telegram form the borders of Wiltshire (4) 10 Swimmer Mark’s stocky dog (5) 12 Frozen food and pork pie brought up in turn (6) 14 Like a greeting from Atlanta Louis translated (12) 21 Drunk northern man about town on the Tarn (9) 23 Wise words giving direction about two animals (8) 26 Exclamation from heart of whose girl? (7) 28 Web designer commonly in the garden? (6) 31 Tell tales of Senegal and Kenya (5) 33 Risky, like and old US car, it seems (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 31 January.

2535: Green light! Cross!

Thursday

2 Dec 2021
2535: Triplets

The unclued lights, all nouns or verb forms (one is a hyphened plural), include a common feature different in all twelve cases. Solvers are invited to indicate both possible unclued lights at 29 Down. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across 1 Stab with a knife (5) 4 Order a gin around river (9, two words) 9 Potential difficulties from awkward Moscow and far North (10, three words) 11 Sad poem which its middle letters spell out (5) 12 Move forward and notice vehicle by church (7) 14 Corn produced by monarch reigning from 1714 (5) 15 Honda car going back and forth in town? (5) 21 Obscure eyepiece – artist’s enthralled (8) 22 A foreign article in ostler’s armoury (7) 24 It’s extracted from inside double decker (4) 25 The current power of a philologist (4) 27 Odd title or poem (7) 28 Experts organised our visit (8) 34 Delays old spies and wassailers (5) 35 Some gain an exemption that’s ludicrous (5) 37 New legal journalist brought forward in court (7) 38 Best buddies regularly skipped study (5) 39 Used the sieve again, showing reserve (10) 40 Dines out with lady, showing greed or lust? (9, two words) 41 Roll out the red carpet and burst into tears (5)   Down 1 Do yield to revision of wage levies into weekly income (13, three words) 5 Half of infidels rising in former Spanish province in Morocco (4) 6 Travel on Thursday with expert skirting old capital (7) 7 Have not gone out, keeping active forcefully (5) 8 Severely cut back tea, after the start of this month (8) 10 Warning of threat from mislaid Cyprus-US air-letter (13, two words) 13 Pop-star Lewis on road with boy (7) 19 Moth found in Threadneedle Street (7, two words) 23 Mollusc a luvvie injured around noon (8) 26 Well! Conurbation enrols earl in club (7) 32 Avenger’s horse (5) 36 Nutritional fruit with regular doses of saccharin (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 January.

2535: Triplets

Thursday

11 Nov 2021
2532: Patchy?

The unclued lights (one of two words) can be arranged into two associated groups. Across 1 Company accepts blame having mended harpsichord (7) 5 Pieces of cloth left in islands linked with Turks (7) 9 A jolt makes it open a little (4) 11 Mid-June physical is affected (9) 12 Check mutt beginning to bark (4) 14 Shadows and clouds initially moving from isles in the Clyde (6) 16 Carpet the setter after a fiddle (5) 17 Fabulist seen by river and waters ebbing (5) 20 Hot air rising from the room — with a bit of luck! (7) 21 Outlet for Hardy novel and other books (7) 24 Caviar-covered sea lettuce (7) 25 Finch or French canary or some passerine (5) 28 Guns in hen-house (7) 31 Soldiers secure old city (7) 34 Hard diamonds cut (7) 37 Uniform carried by those qualified (5) 38 Cool and distant, Garnett admitted two ducks! (5) 40 Extremely short, angular celebrity (4) 42 Some humorous, erratic employer (4) 43 Puts a shine on golf defeats (7) 44 Mysterious death in part of pool (7, two words) Down 1 Hood a girl cut in clubhouse (6) 2 Bright bird about to fill stomach (5) 3 Gold that’s capital for Roman charioteer (6) 4 Storming Norman’s first seen twiddling toes around (5) 6 Downright lies not started by dockyard employees (7) 7 Lent French vehicle to old uncle (6) 18 Borrow or rob — either way (10) 19 Bags a pair? (8) 22 Spelter injured birds (7) 23 Dance with flag having four letters — consecutive, but not in order! (8, two words) 27 Covers broken censers (7) 29 Difficult pair participating in a trick last to leave (7) 30 Excel with deliveries to party (6) 32 Hate — look — hate — how awful! (6) 35 Landowner in his mire died (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 29 November.

2532: Patchy?

Thursday

21 Oct 2021

Thursday

30 Sep 2021
2526: Everybody out!

The unclued lights (individually or as two pairs), one of three words and three of two words, can be preceded by the same word. All can be confirmed in Brewer and/or Chambers. Elsewhere, ignore one circumflex. Across 1 Day after RAF and army manoeuvres in a rural setting (8) 11 9 comperes going around being always there (12) 14 Train pass daughter lost (7) 16 Nothing odd, sailboats are plenty (4, two words) 17 Way round Germany and coastal French area (5) 18 Broken maypole without a use (6) 22 Councillor points to model on feature of battlement (8) 23 Island garden transformed area (7) 24 Shows with radio critiques? (6) 25 Sappers, posted, feel aggrieved (6) 27 Ginger for Today presenter with John Timpson (7) 29 Celebrated, having regularly mixed up Corpus Christi in France (8, hyphened) 33 Irregular shapes of chub-like fishes next to Orcadian gully (6) 34 In agreement, make up (5) 35 Have some sense — charge pounds! (4) 37 Govern with restraint (7) 38 Work out alone, about five (5) 39 Identifier of the 8,700th Neighbours episode in early September? (12, two words) 41 Wander around, say, and test widgets (8) Down 1 Promote Doctor in rhyme (6) 2 Current power of a philologist (4) 3 Old great rodents around Asian capital (6) 4 Dressed for an attack, reportedly (7) 5 Copied traveller’s weird dialect (10) 7 Die insanely mixing fuchsin and safranin, say (11, two words) 8 Final bit of face powder used up for ostentation (5) 13 Advanced payments drew admiration, we hear, on Sunday (8) 15 Cartoon rivals land jacket in cloth (11, three words) 20 US sunfish with beak filled with runny glue (8) 26 Somehow fit lino into wrapping (7) 28 I run away from Leningrad changing country (7) 29 Amateur in neckwear raised uproar (6) 31 Basket-work for Cockney’s legwear (6) 32 Shouted right away and played a stake in poker (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 October.

2526: Everybody out!

Thursday

9 Sep 2021
2523: Monstrous regiment

The unclued Across lights are of a kind when preceded by one word, as are the unclued Down lights (one pair) when preceded by another. Brewer confirms them all.   Across 1 Pointless dissertations are more than this (5) 4 Breathing disorder altered my shape – and me! (9) 9 Companion dressed in fragrant black and white (10) 11 With openers of exceptional note, Surrey usually enforce follow on (5) 12 Time passed quickly, say – it’s sickening (7, two words) 14 Spare change – in Turkey, once? (5) 15 Exult as colonel finally spikes attack (5) 21 Quiet relaxation time, we’re told, is a source of satisfaction (8) 22 Away from home, not in charge (7) 24 Runs by Hassett regularly upset old emperor (4) 25 Starter for photographic developer (4) 27 Quiffed couriers were in tears (7) 33 Blue with cold, I rushed back (6) 34 Navy vehicle comes round streams (5) 35 Examines prior to stealing luggage (5) 37 Extended tribute that’s for the Archers? (7) 39 Ron, the chef, is cooking from now on (10) 40 President Imran follows a Vauxhall to city on the Volga (9)   Down 1 Poor Phoebe’s limits just can’t be attained (13, two words) 3 Shape singular incision around record (6) 4 Applying this, expect a blank look (6) 6 Headgear the rain ruined (7) 7 Australian fast-medium bowler will half-heartedly wander about furtively (5) 10 Genuine gold later fastened around Tom (13) 13 Cutter in sea mist was capsizing (7) 17 Latest bulletin about coups d’état Scot dismissed (6) 18 Could be 16 on film (6) 19 Brilliant lecturer leaves poet? (7) 20 Springs over cellars (6) 23 Smarmy upper-class count dismissed, as above (8) 30 Fish – pop star eats it (6) 31 French lad taking motorway to London suburb, avoiding sea (6) 32 Fire takes roof off jalopy (5) 36 Up till now, not quite a piece of furniture (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 September.

2523: Monstrous regiment

Thursday

19 Aug 2021

Thursday

29 Jul 2021
2517: Final line-up

The unclued lights appeared at the start under the shaded squares reading row by row from top to bottom (two words). Across 5 Touring hotel, arrive at poor area (6) 10 Old driver will show support going about in revelry (10) 12 Resort with edge beside popular island (6) 16 Church collection on foot? (5) 17 Unfortunately lacks ID of northern bards (7) 18 Decide to answer a clue again (7) 20 Chips in, holding a dairy cow (8) 25 Prasanna captures Ethiopian prince and headland (3) 26 Spring holiday with least to offer (7) 28 41C involved Inverse function (7, two words) 29 Nameless man’s foot (3) 31 Man of steel (8) 34 Liverpool supporters’ chant almost aloft (7, two words) 36 Mediterranean plant from French composer touching Beth’s heart (7) 40 Crowd leaves – runs riot (8) 41 Begun chewing sarnie (6) 42 Attractive late Norman shapes (10) 44 Being old, chanson de geste lacking techno reforms (8) Down 1 Confidence about hard drive (6) 3 Viewer’s complaint – flower gets over it (6) 4 It turns round and round! (5) 6 Obviously the girl’s love! (4) 7 Fall affected eleven leading trainers in three classics (11, two words) 8 Armoured vehicle holding water? (4) 11 Acknowledge a welcome, love (7, two words) 14 Some sedentary paradise (4) 15 Spoils gents with last splash of paint (4) 16 Suffering cramp a lot, dear – no doctor? – take this (11) 21 My understanding expression is outwardly expressive (4, two words) 22 Stingers when losing their heads are just the same (4) 23 Falconer alternatively keeps various egrets (8) 27 East European obsession little lad embodies (8) 30 Craft closes amity, say… (4) 31 … small military man’s craft (4) 32 Scotsman’s reproof on English Square (6) 35 Crew in hospital department returned for medical procedure (5) 37 Such landscaping’s a laugh (4, hyphened) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 16 August.

2517:  Final line-up

Thursday

17 Jun 2021

Thursday

27 May 2021
2508: Grovels

The unclued lights, (one pair, one hyphened and one of two words) are of a kind. One clue leads to a number. Across 10 Alpine skier initially taking exercise by Norway’s top ski-resort (5) 11 Bowler in Anglo-French waters (6) 12 Most of the month witnesses are heard. That’s novel! (7) 16 Capital oil change in neutral (10) 17 Scots have broken amulet with little hooks (8) 20 Call round for drummer (5) 21 Shouts as ogre’s cuddling Doc? (7) 22 Hear Irish river lament (5) 27 Small flat’s ready (3) 31 You once receive records of evidence of Fido’s excitement (5) 33 Perthshire village where wretched artist is taken in (7) 34 Don’t tell the truth, say, about feudal lord (5) 35 Revel madly in bed – with this on top? (8) 36 County fellow in monarch’s broadcast (10) 38 High spot is getting married in a church (4) 41 After golf, what’s next? Gleneagles? (5) 42 Best sellers? (14, two words) Down 1 Maraschino and suet mixed for Argentinians, say (14, two words) 2 Beams put up reportedly (4) 4 Cross-reference what’s leaked (7) 5 For making carpet tiles, maybe (5) 6 Like a spring festival, it seems, sustaining a cold wind (8) 7 Pastureland on half the county drains away (7) 8 Dogs unsuited to supply puzzles for The Scotsman? (14, two words) 9 Some amigos a-plenty up in US city (6, two words) 13 Twisted twig becomes dry right away (5) 15 Soldiers’ pipes (5) 18 See 29 Down 19 Doctor Ewing, oarsman and viticulturist (10, hyphened) 23 Dismissed actor left 1D grafting French bloom (8) 26 Some bird getting cold, sneezing because of this (7) 29/18 He composed Martha and Little Florence in honour of Weber, initially (6) 32 Bird’s lavatory humour? (6) 35 Songbirds in beech at Sandringham (5) 37 1551 regularly appearing in Medellin (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 14 June.

2508: Grovels

Thursday

6 May 2021
2505: Endgame

The unclued lights (one hyphened) are of a kind, confirmed in Chambers. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.   Across 1 I returned with note and wave to Bletchley Park expert (11, hyphened) 11 Tried and kept in control in the past (6, three words) 13 Goes off for a while (7) 16 Women’s painting first seen returning by tube (5) 17 Ask individual hence (6) 18 Colonel Lyndhurst’s bird (5) 20 Amateur left, watching train (6) 21 Like a judge with tattered robes (5) 22 Excited, once, in river, surrounded by upland (7) 29 Stretch or bird! (5) 30 Singer in church introduced by priest (6) 32 Fabulist appears from river – waters ebbing (5) 34 Less brutal Austrian kids (6) 36 Sikh’s prayer from substandard asylum (5) 37 Young family member backed number one son – gets caught (5) 40 President of furniture company no longer active (3) 41 Etna, beginning to erupt twice, under whirling cloud of volcanic ash (11, two words)   Down 1 Film of the Hispanics’ White House nightclub (10) 4 28 batiks pulled down in Scotland’s first New Town (12, two words) 5 This province of the Belgian Congo loses £1000 for Japanese sword (7) 6 The Large Stag – regularly go back to pub (8, two words) 7 Up to some stunt, I’ll be bound (5) 8 Four points for composer and Cockney bee keepers? (4) 9 Camping design (6) 10 Leading Ordnance Survey guides for climbing crags (5) 12 Didn’t go to grave, reportedly (6) 14 Crooner and unmistakable tsarina performing (12, two words) 19 Greer’s ways stewing fish (10, two words) 21 Qualified, though detailed (9) 23 Pursues and captures and becomes exhausted (8, two words) 24 Poor handsomer loveless farm employee (8) 25 Shoot at in head of bank’s estate (6) 26 With happy heart, go for a wander – OK? (7) 28 Songs by Schubert or Schumann top violinist sung (6) 31 People grabbed by you turned hostile (5) 35 Wine – Andrew Strauss thinks it tops (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 24 May.

2505: Endgame

Thursday

15 Apr 2021

Thursday

1 Apr 2021

Thursday

18 Mar 2021

Thursday

25 Feb 2021
2495: Contrary

Four unclued lights of a kind, one of two words with an apostrophe, include the theme word. The remaining unclued lights (one as a pair), all but the literary solution at 41 Across verifiable in Brewer, can be linked with this theme word. Elsewhere, ignore one accent. Across 1 Psephological survey that’s on the way out (8, two words)5 Film involved spy chief getting Oscar (6)12 Socialist sympathisers at peak on Greek isle (6)16 Dockland structure seems blackish (5)17 Swarmed like fish and cruised into shallower water (7)18 Curious way to row (7)20 Deliver one rebuke after start of lesson (8)28 Couple curtailed entering E9 get in a twist (7)29 At cards, one is very good (3)31 An arrest’s announced, leading to charges (8)34 Settles for a late drink? (7, two words)36 Note the Parisian company – mass broadcasting system (7)39 Centre storing rupees – loads of them (5)40 Attacked with the tap running? (8, two words)43 Reconstructed, say, chimney for shelter (6)44 Breathe life into timeless wild Serengeti (8) Down 1 Scandalous revelation from former model (6)2 What solo violinists do before and after a concert? (8, three words)3 Funny story about libertine’s end – one found in bed? (6)4 Usual spread for feasts (5)6 Infection covered by the oculist? Yes! (4)7 Summit cost includes new heir (11, two words)8 Valiant fellow – that girl’s love (4)11 Disbeliever in hijack (7)14 Formal act in Braintree regularly (4)15 Leader of project left with a new scheme (4)16 My janitor? He went off to enlist (11, three words)19 Lover loses ring and capital (4)21 Newspaper’s copy-boy? (4)22 Runs by Hassett regularly upset old emperor (4)23 Inspect damaged roses for blemishes (8)27 Causing fury, miles away from West Sussex village (8)30 Clergyman without leader, unnamed (4)31 Ancient Glaswegian notice covering centre of Mull (4)32 Was patient put up in A&E? I must have oxygen (6)35 Working-class power has a part to play (5)38 Country half of Reading (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 15 March.

2495: Contrary

Thursday

4 Feb 2021
2492: Little man

Unusually this week, one unclued light includes the theme word which can also be linked with all the other unclued lights, which include a pair. One light is made up of two words, -another of three. Ignore an apostrophe. 33D requires solvers to imagine that an apostrophe s is there, too! Brewer confirms the theme. Ignore two accents. Across 10 Albert Einstein embraces Art Deco designer (4) 12 We go out with menial female vassal (10) 15 Policemen drinking port sullied shortened garments (8, two words) 17 Could be a beret without gold plate (5) 18 Capital extremely tense after cold weather (7) 19 Fits of anger with or without touch of dudgeon (6) 22 What the in folk have, of course! (6) 24 Lured into trouble – left, having done wrong (5, two words) 26 Endless blood – blood flowing round rabbit tobacco (9) 29 Upright revolutionary? (5) 31 Standard censor? (6) 36 Cary Grant film poster within reach perhaps (7) 39 Delightful party held in farmland (8) 41 Painting returned by young boy’s concerning Bohemian area of Rome (10) 42 Girl resident in GB (4) 43 Old killer and a couple of fools rot in a compound (12)   Down 2 Chief aboard, with Athenian rank (10) 3 Former Taoiseach’s mate has spotted prowler (7) 4 Magic twig, do you say (5) 5 Rode madly into a capital landing area (9) 6 German astronomer and knight expel fear regularly (6) 7 Spacious and full of cold, we’re told (5) 8 Pitch for players (4) 9 Fail to provide adequate food for around dinner hour – including us! (12) 11 Sandwiches and wine consumed by little piggies (8) 13 Oddball’s behaviour in city state, holding coin by business centre (12) 19 Take note about recording device (6) 20 ‘Work hard’ – a new jingle (6) 23 City slicker loses one kilo rebuilding trikes (9) 25 Fantastic Haydn, number one composer (8) 28 Meandering road ran somewhere in the Pyrenees (7) 30 A river carries coal for Biblical region (6) 32 Wander along the peaks of Grampians after dark (3) 35 One from Baku takes the road north, carrying almost nothing (5) 37 Form-filler from Charente (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 February.

2492: Little man

Thursday

14 Jan 2021
2489: Fade away

Each of the unclued lights, (four of two words), individually or as a pair can be linked with an unclued name suggested by the title, all verifiable in Brewer. Across 4 Wide support for the chair, one seen on TV? (11)13 Surgeon’s probe appears cool after operation (11) 15 Cut some of the wood (3) 18 Crude line art on its wall, maybe (7) 19 Leo, say, alternatively a married lady (7) 23 Daughter actress Jane, who travels with Santa (6) 24 Saw a team keeping two metres apart (5) 27 Tea-growing state providing a service, on reflection (5) 29 Mark includes 50, a numerical quantity (6) 31 Collie is fluttering eyes (6) 34 Animal came ’ither by boat, so it’s said (7, two words) 39 River emergency – councillor’s resigned (4) 40 Male circle is broken with female finally out in priestly system (11) 41 ‘Got your head covered, cock?’ (5) 43 Posts across the water for game school principals (11)   Down 1 Frisky roan one lost with ass, bolted – were these to too late? (11, two words) 2 The Claw when topped and tailed could become another claw (5) 3 Beast’s loved one strips, turning to bed early for this (11, two words) 5 Accomplish mixture of ale, sire (7) 6 Plant whose leaves are broad – alternatively, long! (6) 7 Most awful noise curtailed repose (6)8 Like a gas, potentially one that’s used as a weapon of war (7) 9 Engineers leave clandestine group (4) 10 Based on experience of European member, in charge during rail’s chaos (9) 15 Male entranced by goddess revealing bust (5) 16 Lose it when one get endless criticism taking pep pill first (11, two words) 17 Material with dew, starlike, crumpled (11, two words) 21 Pop group’s eureka moment? (3, hyphened) 25 Friendliness of girl full of sex appeal (5) 28 Deviation two ways in catapult (7) 30 Eastern cedars swaying – bent double (7) 32 Pierce with pin, say (6) 33 Female – in Los Angeles? No – Australia! (6) 36 ‘Frivolous’ is fair (5) 37 Dig, putting pressure on stick (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 1 February.

2489: Fade away

Thursday

17 Dec 2020

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26 Nov 2020

Thursday

5 Nov 2020
2482: Perm all five

The unclued lights (one of two words) display a common feature, different in each case. Across 1 Fundamentalist group keeps imprisoning old lady (5) 6 Runs out of banners for ships (8) 14 This slow match at Ibrox, when second-rate, would lack edge (4)15 Nosy parker holds son captive (8) 16 About a pound, one company’s cotton cloth (6) 17 Catch girl with Oscar (5) 22 Sent off, one gets close to disquiet (7) 24 Bill and Ben returned (3) 26 Dedicated Follower of Fashion — loud musical work (3) 28 Tornado scrambled, causing a stink (7) 33 County doctor with fish, sort of eel (5) 34 ‘Resort is capital inside, councillor’ (6) 35 Berates, as old Archer has gone (8, two words) 37 From Amritsar, an Indian princess (4) 38 Comic strip villain organized hell tour unknown (9, two words) 39 Aligns East with East following correction (10) 41 Lower class person lied regularly (5) Down 1 Stolen part initially delayed for cooking appliance (8) 2 Standard description for any Tom, Dick or Harry? (10, two words)3 Some farm in Ireland, very small (4) 4 A US serviceman pinches backside of player (6) 5 Exceeding limits, covering more miles than necessary (11, three words) 7 A nature rampant as a bull? (7) 8 Group’s striped cloths for bishops (5) 9 Athlete holding nothing up for one making Top Gear? (8) 11 Bent thread (5) 16 Look out! Dickens introduced one of his characters as ‘early man’ (11, two words) 18 Old city; new vase (3) 23 Embellished bed removed, remade for pitiful bungler (8) 25 Evade capture with this 1978 number by The Clash (8, two words) 27 Level ground serving a university (7) 28 Nothing is on order for uncle (3) 30 Roll with last bit of butter at new store (6) 31 Fish — that is to say, perch? (5) 32 Comic feast (5) 36 Ducks cross Hawaii in a state (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 November.

2482: Perm all five