2655: Primacy

The unclued lights (one of two words) are of a recent kind. Across 10    Late bishop, terribly welcoming (10) 13    Farah off with English – that’s dull (8) 16    Confiscate trawler catching small fish (5) 17    Nick caught with grass in school (7) 18    Could be Turkish transport (7) 20    Poirot found by small transport

2652: A and M

The unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are the related unclued Down lights. The yellow and red squares, when read in order row by row, confirm the theme.         Across    1    Feel rip-off by stewards providing obligatory features on board (4,10) 11    Section of grammar review of Aeneid (three chapters) (9)

2649: Shut up shop

The unclued lights (three pairs and two individually and two of which are of two words) are now of a kind.         Across    1    Spice rack item revealed by horse and page (3,4) 11    Plenty of space, we’re told, for nursing with a head cold (6) 12    Deserts featuring brown palms (7) 14    Nasty

2646 : Too many (In memoriam)

The unclued lights (two of two words) comprise two celebrity pairs which are represented by a singleton, two pairs (one ‘In memoriam’) and a trio of lights . Across 1    Slices top of sausage in front of dogs (5) 4    Traffic police with amphetamine found by small wood, reportedly (5,4) 9    City’s main Mr Big

2643: Word-building

The unclued lights may be arranged to form a chain of words from three to eleven letters in length, each one being an anagram of its predecessor and one additional letter. One of these lights is hyphened. Elsewhere ignore an acute accent. Across 1    Radio show for impressionists no longer in the belfry (4,7) 11    Singer

2640: Double entry

The 12 six-letter unclued lights bear a common feature, different in each case, but ignore one hyphen.         Across    1    Put up a hammock for son with Heather (5)    4    One lies drunk after attempt to restore equilibrium (9)    9    After seven days, say, shall journalist be wimpish? (4-6) 11    Muse was,

2637: Born to sing

The unclued lights (one of two words, and the remainder when paired correctly) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Ignore two apostrophes. Across 7    Scottish seagull’s gullet (3) 13    Pull back leading troops president recalled (7) 15    Chocolate powder run over in taxi (5) 16    Overwhelmed, Laura was hampered a bit (5) 17    Reporters on

2634: Word chain

The eight six-letter unclued lights half-overlap each other and so yield a complete word chain beginning with any one of them.         Across    1    Complex U-turn before end of lane. Wrong! (6)    7    That woman’s returning remains of make-over (6) 11    Boss has to grovel for LA brawn (4,6) 13    Old manuscript containing

2631:Nine capitalists

The unclued lights are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer with the help of the red squares which must be read in order row by row. Ignore one apostrophe and an acute accent, elsewhere. Across 9    Terrible President out on a limb at heart, troubled (10) 14    Courier company raises its charges (3) 16    Make

2628: Customary taxes

The unclued lights (one hyphened and plural, and another in the past tense) are of a kind, all verifiable as such in Chambers, most of them on a specific page.         Across    1    One son half-naked, at first, during old broadcast (12) 10    Bird losing head and part of foot (4) 12    Series of files

2625: Playtime

The unclued lights (one of two words) and four others clued without their thematic definition are of a kind. Across 1    Two little boys tapped their heads (6)7    Birettas seldom reveal this tuft (6)13    US challenge to foil and dismiss at the wicket (5)14    Material from The Spectator, London (5)17    Salary and gratuity, collected by

2622: Local call

The unclued lights (six of two words and one of three words), one pair or individually, are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Ignore one apostrophe.         Across    1    Declare nothing will stop crime, causing disgust (8)    6    Attack, losing head in drinking bout (6) 11    Objects to intellects (5) 13    Young

2619: All Grieg to me

The unclued lights, (four of two words), when arranged correctly, yield a famous TV quotation. One word does double duty; ignore an apostrophe too.         Across    4    Oblige to provide lodgings? (11) 11    Spanish food of peas cooked with everybody inside (7) 14    Gave a present that’s not about to be old-fashioned (5) 19   

2617: Enzed scorers

The 12 thematic unclued lights form the second half of an alphabetical list, one solution finally and another first and last. Across  4    Kitty stewed apricots as single snack (6,5) 11    Saw English animals (7) 13    Around Tyneside Freddie New established new credentials (9) 21    Forty winks before beginning to exercise back of neck (4)

2616: Atomic scorers

The thirteen thematic unclued lights form the first half of an alphabetical list. Ignore all accents. Across 10    Cut-throat chap’s birds (10) 13    Behavioural stimulus affected Earl 8 (8) 16    Girl in chains? (5) 17    Skilfully handled – after a stroke? (7) 18    White van going across Indian territory first (7) 20    Revised asking price

2613: Way off

The unclued lights (one of two words), all verifiable in Brewer, precede a word which appears as an abbreviation four times in the lower right-hand quadrant of the completed grid. Solvers should highlight all four examples. Ignore two apostrophes. Across 1    All omelettes cooked with pesto and chives, first (8,3) 7    Furtwängler finally reveals this

2610: 700

This is Doc’s 700th crossword in the weekly series. The unrelated unclued lights (including one pair and two proper nouns) display this number.         Across 4      Old nonsense played on the violin by earl by river (6-2-3) 11    White spirit which Travis Head initially put on part of dartboard (7) 12    A French girl returns

2607: Streetwise

The unclued lights (three coming first and one coming last, two pairs and four of two words) are of a kind. Across 12    One record after another oddly omitted rulers’ postscripts (9) 13    Compact disc’s first seen spinning (5) 15    Omits plan about philosophical belief (9) 16    Impassioned male getting date wrong (6) 20    Resin

2604: Snap

The unclued lights (one hyphened and one pair) are of a kind.         Across    4    Swollen state of tailless bird’s head (9) 10    Evil mix of love and malice (10) 14    Cox for Hereford, perhaps? (5) 16    Henry and John’s outcry (6) 22    Cow strays from foaming watercourse, maybe marked with X (8) 23   

2601: Men of note

The unclued lights are of a kind. Two solutions are initials. Across 1    Officers’ training school – place to write music – cello arrangement with two notes (5,7)10    Fertile Spanish plain, say, in Virginia (4)12    Moorland bird that pesters the female? (3-7)14    Rules regularly presented author’s initials (3)15    Clear control of former NZ live news