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10 Sep 2020
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2474: Love me do

31 3 worked for the 43 of 21. The 43 of 34 got him for 24 35 and sent him to 28 (two words). He finally gave in to 15 (two words). Ignore three accents and one apostrophe. Across 1 Fish barrel, a deep sound from it (8, two words) 6 Gambling cartel admits Poles (6, two words) 12 Headlight simpler to repair with man involved (10, two words) 13 Captivated European by force almost (5) 14 Forward in match? (7) 16 Pretentious nobody can butt (7) 20 Little bird beginning to eat at once (4) 22 Letters: one from this valley comes first (7) 23 Spring festival sacred for listeners (4) 26 I’d back player of old instrument? I’m weakening (7) 30 Heraldic lion is partial inspiration for history (4) 36 Nothing deters mad physicist (7) 38 Internet pest infernal enemy for mobile operators (10, two words) 39 In denims regularly market vinegars (7) 40 Poison in grain at first reduced (5) 41 Elementary group satisfied everybody, so I’d recollected (10) 42 Feel one can be a judo teacher (6) Down 2 Crustacean sends hippo mad (8)4 On own initiative switching US parties, not broadcast (7) 5 Fritter first-born once placed in empty basket (7) 6 Round brook endless oysters (6) 7 Below small island, male coley (6) 8 Observe peace: no champion picked up weapons (5) 9 As reporter, my envy about pool (13) 10 Fly a kite in wet that steers badly (13, three words) 11 Nominal leader’s policy exposed position (9, two words) 17 Letter leased hospitality boxes (3) 18 Left in place, having nothing in the world (5) 19 Sport in which holder not even in the highest places (9) 25 More opportune as one takes honey in apron to America (8) 27 Aim to improve, having lost marks (3) 29 Shelter during short trip; be out a long time? (7, two words) 32 Helmets almost entirely in groups (6) 33 Spots of colour collie developed (6) 37 Believe in ship from landlocked country (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 28 September.

2474: Love me do

Thursday

9 Jul 2020
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2465: Definitely amusing

Unclued lights (three of two words, two hyphened) have something in common, verifiable in Brewer. Across 4 Everybody agreed to close college immediately (9, three words)11 Look into Republicans’ sentimentality (5)12 Quickly performed the responsibility of guarding Emperor (7, hyphened)14 Advice is rejected for ritual meal (5)15 Elongated figure cast musket (5)16 Irrational row: one sympathises (6)22 Supposed evolutionary force teacher backed in series of notes (7)24 Woman some men idealise (4)27 Do they join torchbearers? (7)28 Grebe’s caution, about to become too large (8)33 South American seeds and coca regularly taken by member of large family (6)34 Like porridge? During working, took some (5)35 Rush along, cold and wet, riding colt (5)38 Highly admired old boy replacing one: in regular form, stuck by the point (7)39 In luxury car, bishop comes to prison (5)41 Sameness, absolutely? Be frank (9, hyphened)42 Count tenor’s corrupt profit (5) Down 1 Far up in school (4)3 Greek dialect Caroline translated without note or rule (6)4 Like seabird on the taffrail? (6)5 House (semi) got up in blue (4)6 Sign off on program and wander about (7)7 Rider, perhaps, becomingly dressed without hat (5, two words)8 In attic, ape playing with a knob (8)13 Do drink with gunners, as earlier (7, two words)15 Spenser’s stranger at liberty to hide names (6)17 Commercial audience put on weight, it’s said (6)19 Weird people finally pocket what’s left over (7)20 In waste container throw my old hat (6)23 Leave bad mess that can be dodged (8)26 Cut upper face (7)29 Question breaking obligation of secrecy, but turn informer (6)30 Change over, grabbing one run: more ordered (6)32 Girl say turned up holding sphere, Earth’s approximate shape (5)36 O goodness, such a curve (4)37 Look alluring, offering drug round university (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 July.

2465: Definitely amusing

Thursday

7 May 2020
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2456: So American

Unclued lights (five of two words) are of a kind, singly, three pairs and a trio. Across 11 Ban on cats, dogs, etc about to be crushing (6, two words) 13 Benign swelling of rib worried old woman (7) 15 Almost flat out on a part of boxing ring (5) 16 Titivate to run for Scotland in park (5) 18 Adjusts holidays round Spain (6) 19 Devastate teacher before period (6) 20 Characteristics of a race: them, cycling (5) 22 Vintage in drinking mug, I carp (7) 28 Carnal love defiled old sacred text (7) 30 Pretends an expression of surprise, opening text (5) 31 Place in Ireland good, invariably ancient (6) 35 Fully examine and express old teaching (7) 38 Proper to inscribe name of an organ (5) 39 Between themselves entire bottles finally drunk (7, two words) 40 One infesting bed, not in good health (6) Down 1 Spoiling cuffs, soot makes slight blurring (9, two words) 2 Polish way of speaking for listeners is something metallic (8) 3 Makes announcement favouring plaintiffs? (9) 5 Type of recording free at dance (8, hyphened) 6 Pet one’s trained in official residence (7, two words) 7 Unfavourable, dropping ad jingle (5) 8 In leader’s absence, fetches bands (5) 9 Even smaller home in row (6) 10 Milton’s gang, merciless, allowed no latitude (4) 21 Frank’s superlative after holiday (9) 23 Way of preparing dish given gold rating, surprisingly (8, two words) 24 From old curse, died through climate change (8) 25 Grand Aussie native twice seen in palm tree (8, hyphened) 27 Find fault with what constituencies have (7) 32 The facial disfigurement of Isaac Newton (4) 33 Second team’s wages (5) 34 Less money in America (5) 36 Place tenant could be after (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 25 May.

2456: So American

Thursday

16 Apr 2020
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2453: All right?

Unclued lights, five of two words and two pairs, have something in common. Elsewhere, ignore one accent. Across 1 Keep bearing left for Great Lake (5)11 Mule is slaughtered for food (6)12 Delving into information, understands about saving (7, two words14 800 in circle, enormous (5)15 In the country, must run at first over mountain (5)16 Boil may come into view, with light (6)21 Consume a lot of meat, in total (7, two words)23 Land in Scotland picked up, not hard (4)25 Original Dutch tongue (4)27 A long period in Chinese epic (7)29 With knife, son carved hairy boot (8)33 At any point of the compass, a dance (6)34 Gas attack in progress, it’s said (5)36 Caught boy on TV without clothes (7)37 Apple: scientist gets one for nothing (6)38 Cook priest a gruesome thin broth (10, two words)39 Examination of slide, most clever to conceal drug (9, two words)40 Hearts removed from fruit in school (5)   Down 1 Power to replace fourth letter in term for ‘sewer’ (8)3 Short cloak called upon briefly (6)4 In sickness, I must get down a little food (7)5 Move slowly in parts of shoes that should not be submerged (10)6 Plant that is host to lac, horribly sticky stuff (7)7 Relax, and stop holding down? (5, two words)8 Permanent impression nurse made on most of school (8)9 Wrinkled carpet covers body of mouse (6)13 Clumsy? Not I, a French god (7)17 Girl’s swearing about ordinary sermons (10)18 So long in Sandhurst without electronic product of 34 (7, two words)19 Fewer than some number for light meal (6)26 Acquire property as cut up for ploughing (7)28 Fling heavy stick and leaded glove … (7)29 … by degrees a way into some trees (6)31 Bind in honour to suppress party with free drink (6)32 Company to knock back French wine and soft drink (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 May.

2453: All right?

Saturday

25 Jan 2020
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2441: To and fro

28 2, born in 36, is best known for 10 41 (four words). He also produced a 19, 11 (two words; ignore the apostrophe), remembering his 1D and his 43 30 25A.   Across 1 Suite has horrible gaps (8) 5 Covering article in material for publication (6) 12 One held on sofa perhaps right to express feelings (6) 13 Venetian horseman returning to one moves rapidly (8) 16 Dry up round mark, a greasy one (5) 17 Gripped section of cameo (7, two words) 18 Horrify, having closed contract (7) 20 Lawsuits’ powerful ammunition (8, hyphened) 26 Thrown here unprepared, go off it angrily (7, two words) 29 Point a mile back (3) 31 Tediously argue to support the left (8) 34 Remarkably slim, so I display abnormal appetite (7) 39 Serious wound: admitted to hospital? (5) 40 Good to have weapon around; it’s not a broken bottle! (8, two words) 42 Unusually dressed, retain vest, pants (10, two words) 44 Killer’s audacity to chatter (8, two words)   Down 3 Try to board ship, a cutter (6) 4 For lifting heart, use a little sacred text (5) 6 Architect of a block (4) 7 This house a brothel where foul reptile is loose (11, three words) 8 Experimental programme cutting one storyline (4) 9 Insurance scheme I creamed off (8) 14 Parcelled up, say, to be transported (4) 15 Pulse beginning to drop, not entirely healthy (4) 16 Aim knife in colleague’s direction at back of choir in hymn (11, two words) 21 Prophet abandons a pipe (4) 22 Orkney estate overdrawn almost entirely (4) 23 Sex hormone sprayed on garden (8)} 24 Harass French policeman in behind (7) 25 Not all ostracise the Cyclops’ victim (4) 27 Completely exhausted, lacking resistance? This may trouble men (8) 31 Great area for Roman chariot (4) 32 Soap character, one taking a bow (6) 33 Crazy to ignore British fruit (6) 35 Woman in America opening tin (5) 37 In range, person trying to speak (4) 38 Singer in key? Only to start with (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 10 February.

2441: To and fro

Thursday

21 Nov 2019
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2435: A little puzzle

Unclued lights, two of two words, are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across 12    Second horn and nail defective, and with one fewer hole in the head (10) 13    Champion forgetting wife’s secret (5) 14    Online mention special interest — all these replies! (7) 15    Still on the phone maybe? (10) 16    Tricky to improve on car roof (7) 20    Old king put round fence (4) 22    Order is ‘Work!’ rejecting fuss (7) 23    Dowdy type, unfeminine, is cut (4) 24    Keep hold of mite in central custody (7, two words) 26    In ocean, what foreign tree? (7) 31    Turn divine, taking fight to the deity (7) 34    Chemical compound found in a chimney (4) 36    High-quality umpire’s bad mark (7) 38    Airline food including alcohol I swallowed: X-ray after it? (10, two words) 39    Strangely pleasing, culling a mountain plant (7) 40    Bard’s cave in western part of continent (5) 42    Twisted yarns snare young sow, turning (6) 43    To fall down cryptically suggests Welsh emblem (8, two words)   Down 2    Botanist heading off from peninsula to travel (8) 3    Change edition containing no women? (5) 4    Obscure pub across ravine (7) 6    Domestic fowl caught on pegs (6) 7    Catch spoiled notepaper Poe’s thrown away (6) 8    Indian music in the style of Panama? (5) 9    Prominent design in paper, naturally a turning point (13, three words, one hyphen) 18    Such healthy food with no air miles? (5) 19    Bear, on film, special animal for them? (9) 21    Uniform carried by those qualified (5) 25    Stubborn, are confused with doubt (8) 27    Fish that is around delta (3) 28    Exercise wearing a piece of armour, but not fighting (7, two words) 29    Fun in pub: take up strong drink with top off a soft one (7) 32    Scots carpenter sounds genuine (6) 33    Advice about chronic problem having old cure (6) 35    Wrap short black African cloth (5) 37    In the country, must run over mountain (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 9 December.

Thursday

31 Oct 2019
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2432: Getting dry

Unclued lights (one of two words) give an event, its organiser, some participants, its winners, and the prizes.   Across 1    Stamp hard — everyone notices (8) 8    Men caught by a great beast (4) 13    Men impressed to receive hired waistcoats (6) 14    Elephants’ cup final? (7, two words) 15    Most frightening decay, in a way (8) 18    Measure of alcohol upset, lacking such delicate control? (9) 19    Count food additive out of barrel consumed (9) 20    Bismarck saw head dismissed (4) 21    Accomplished bow by Henry (4) 24    Groans, suffering in parts of body (6) 28    Southern county’s small island (6) 31    Standard recipe for salmon (4) 34    Finely, they discharge old skinflints after a short time (9) 38    Universal closure fitted to pitcher-shaped structure (8) 40    Support vineyard near Chad (6) 41    Are failing to get down and up again, to accomplish sooner (10) 43    Insect makes weightlifter run away (8, two words)   Down 1    Stop chief receiving guineas for cask (8) 3    Defensive rings in tiers hiding yard (5) 4    Meet ruin, turning Christian perhaps (8) 5    Is almost certain about a name: is Igor one? (7) 6    Prudishness right through the farm (8) 9    Go off here, as time presses (5) 11    In time, love to take on an office worker (6, two words) 16    Spenser’s track has junction with highway (5) 22    Woman’s mother’s bust (5) 23    In advance, gets money for research into parchments (8, hyphened) 25    Clergy pickled in alcohol (8) 26    Tip of elbow refused surgery? (4) 27    Like a lad to waste hols one year by staying outside (8) 28    Armstrong receiving honour relaxed — not on moon (7) 29    One attempting to hide queen’s rent-roll (7) 31    Insert text line with crayon (6) 32    Wood, end turned, shows sound quality (6) 35    Plant more promising away from river (5) 37    Around a hundred, a number of peers (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 November.

Thursday

16 May 2019
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2408: End of the line

Unclued lights name a man born on 18 May; his position; his son; and (singly or correctly paired, two of two words) some of his predecessors. One unclued light does double duty.   Across 1    Listless and irrational in a sort of pit (6) 10    Played in new group, keeping time with skill (7) 11    Furious as flower’s name concealed (7) 14    Set of eight, not restrained at all in Alloa (6) 17    Unwilling to move through container terminal (5) 18    Side channel’s singular state (3) 24    I point: see snake, minus tail (8, two words) 25    Milton’s drain of extremely small benefit (5) 26    Laughs loudly; that’s annoying north of the border (5) 28    Remainers are fine in the German section (8) 31    Don’s wife disguised seaweed (7) 34    I came in to wonderful cry of approval, a fixture in the room (9) 36    In excessive quantity, drink just opened left over (3) 38    Scratch round number (5) 39    Having eaten out, collected female to drop off (6) 40    Rank wild cat heartless (4) 41    Suddenly a bill of small value (7, three words) 42    Cutting cake, one line twisted (7) 44    First meaning to be martial arts teacher? (6)   Down 1    Spring celebration always suppressed by Chinese authorities (6) 2    Toothy student demolishes good round Stilton (12) 4    Tyrant taking time for large pill (6) 5    Hawk once turning up for example at noon (4) 7    Where growth is forced, hold half bad debts (7) 8    Introduce Romance language round Spain (6, two words) 9    Caught in group in suspended trap (8, two words) 13    Takes down soldiers’ trousers (7) 15    From the highlands, ornately dressed (8) 16    Sea creature that circles the planet? (12, two words) 19    Buds that develop that birds may take (8, two words) 22    Isle not fancy; a superlative unnecessary? (7) 27    Shrew, very new at food counter (7) 29    Court a piece of fluff, maybe a tawny creature (7, two words) 30    Sailor catches big bird: it perforates (6) 32    Game opponents in dreadful want (6) 37    Love piece of Morse and its meaning (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 3 June.

2408:  End of the line

Thursday

21 Feb 2019
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2396: Reader…,

Unclued lights are a set of literary 40s. Their creator is hidden in the grid and should be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.   Across 1    How ducks eat, billions in valley (6) 7    In college, record time to take degree (6) 11    Garden visitor, immature female, tiny size (10) 13    Cleave small, timid mammal (5) 14    Freeman’s compliance with new role (5) 15    Awaiting insurance, ripped off? (7, two words) 18    To live right by waterfall is capital (6) 19    Reject a tough fish (4) 22    Won’t stay to the end in rough pub (6) 24    So a Mister may become Misters (9) 25    Man enlisted in the back crew (5) 26    Unclean after showering? (5) 30    Most judicious appeal to romance (6) 33    Some awful name for army feature? (4) 36    From front of ship, spotted cutter (6) 39    Throbbing nose evades observation, being blown (7) 41    One vote against accepting Latin ornament (5) 42    Love of art almost losing friend (5) 43    Cavalryman’s weapon not initially getting regular going over (10) 44    Little cup to fasten round beast (6) 45    Our craft announced in Plymouth (6)   Down 1    Stop to oppose getting new head (6) 2    Instrumentalists’ rule stopping singer (5) 4    Before start of exam, grabbing books for course (6) 5    Collection taken without politician present (5) 6    Fail to retain fit state: sorcery! (9) 7    Primate travelling in Sardinia losing a couple of articles (6) 8    Curie introduced dye in the city (7) 9    Lyric poem is cut out from part of serial (5) 12    After that, men of North are stirred up (10, three words) 16    Undiscovered particle of ritual none can alter (10) 20    Twice cut by a slanting line (4) 23    Two chaps’ gleeful laugh (4, hyphened) 29    In taking of baths, damaging toe striking one end (7) 30    In the past, fool keeping stake in council abroad (6) 31    For small child, too much to wear something round neck (6) 32    Evergreen from British golden age (6) 34    Quote notice by Mussolini (6) 35    Fallen angel tortured lies across barrel (5) 37    Farrier’s son meeting gardener (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 March.

2396: Reader…,

Thursday

17 Jan 2019

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13 Dec 2018

Thursday

8 Nov 2018
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2384: Bang!

Unclued lights, singly or correctly paired, are of a kind, as given in Chambers. Ignore one apostrophe.   Across 5    Maiden admitting born overseas originally, not in Danish city (6) 11    Author’s note on leader of band (6) 13    Sort of thinking muscle real troublesome (7) 15    Old royal servant, one that looks to captivate women (5) 16    Tragic heroine misses artist, not in office yet (5) 17    Tropical veg regularly feed herbivores (6) 18    A rector ruined can’t function (6) 21    One taken in by eccentric vagrant (5) 22    Shelf with enough strength after soak (7) 28    Wild about education, like the US government? (7) 31    No time for reproaches in letters (6) 34    Seal twinges badly: must lose weight (6) 36    Like a bone? Please pinch one! (6) 39    Section through heart in body of poet (5) 41    High temperatures headed off, nothing very much (6, two words) 42    Songs relied on translation (6) 43    Hard by a lane, travelling for producer of honey (8)   Down 1    Depression of European about judge (5) 2    Anticipate 5D to turn up part of calendar (8) 3    Barely age in resort, in pleasant fashion (9) 4    Henry and John urge hounds on (6) 6    Busy type, Cook, eating cold brawn (8) 7    Tyler’s regulatory body? (5) 10    Sweeper first to block some shot (5) 14    Job secure finally, kick benefit (6) 19    Crops laid out in swollen condition (9) 21    As recorded in land register approximately, dimension of star (9) 23    Much anguished, diagnose failing (8) 24    Variations in wartime machine (6) 25    Needing energy, even tucking into dull fish (8) 26    The people touring one satellite (6) 27    A legal right in France is at an end (7) 29    Boast of good book by relative (6) 32    Expressionless girl punches guy heartlessly (6) 33    Sets up a memorial shrine (5) 37    Admit valeting is defective (5, two words)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 26 November.

2384: Bang!

Thursday

6 Sep 2018
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2375: 2

2 describes a pair of unclued lights (three words altogether), which in turn include the others.   Across 12    Single by pop group: ‘Go for violent crime’ (8) 13    Beast’s sardonic-sounding refusal (5) 14    Wing and tail feathers missing one month (8) 16    Book I inscribed for myself? (4) 20    Will’s to resurrect a year’s work (6) 21    Dealer’s only rule: concealing clubs (6) 22    A positive plan backfires, that’s plain (5) 24    Not long before one pleasure of paradise? (5) 26    Most merciful end, laid out in coffin (7) 27    Manages to secure suitable instruction for Christian society (7) 28    Security organisation seizes Catholic roughly (5) 32    Maintain unity, staying constant (5) 34    Nelson, for example, travelled round to secure what’s needed (6) 36    Swept-back peak: it’s a hairstyle (6) 41    Snug? I am, in cloth (5) 42    Big noose prepared for beggar (8) 43    Governor’s office for instance fitted with bunker (7) 44    One held to get on with army (7)   Down 3    London pride rather looked down on by sailor’s girl (11, hyphened) 4    Tax heartwood, from this? (9, two words) 5    No time for funeral ceremony? That’s charming (3) 6    Striking miner acting against property (5, two words) 7    Stab light red and yellow chaffinch (4) 8    Sap in cherry, say, short on nurseryman’s last check (6) 10    Slight suspicion sanitary fitting needs engineers in (6) 15    Flatten and dry piece of plant, one for the scrapbook? (12, two words) 18    Have not gone out, keeping active forcefully (5) 19    In trouble, prophesy about church’s response (11) 25    Navy fuss over deck (5) 26    Fried dough hard to settle — thrown up (5) 29    Unnamed woman’s fizzing energy once amazing (6) 31    Composer’s short scarf (6) 35    In to rabbit, take mate (5) 37    No amateur accepted in boat (4) 40    Low emotional state never-ending (3)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 24 September.

2375: 2

Thursday

3 May 2018
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2357: Half a Drum

Unclued lights make five pairs with something in common.   Across 1    Fragrant nuts announced (5) 4    Neat workers secure line for pole holding basket (9, hyphened) 9    Unsuitable papal rooms exchanged (10) 11    Incitement to hold round dance (5) 15    Proud to pull tons (5) 21    I waited outside as daughter went for some clothes (8) 22    Secret group, leaderless, keeps a team away from main branch (7) 24    Buffalo product, hot, full of goodness? The opposite (4) 25    What were piped away by force out of huge quantities (4) 27    Cudgel knocks out sick Irish girl (7) 28    Arrange to fight new timetable: I lost (8) 33    Owl’s nose? (6) 34    After college, a chap finds Gaelic club (5) 37    Truly sorry, empty, to make return journey (7) 38    Coarse rush as top of bill last to appear (5) 39    Fine misery created if these blew up? (10, two words) 40    Goes without wife into bar, a rare thing (9, two words)   Down 1    Two books about prophet, each against sign of the cross? (13, two words) 2    Obsessive refusal to open strong spirit (6) 3    As victim, my resistance overcomes trickery (6) 4    Bound Opera North to bar outsiders (6) 5    Start address to writer? (4) 6    Relaxing, having nothing wrong in work record (7) 7    Wine temperature fine (5) 10    For the moment, shot heron isn’t hurt (13, four words) 13    Have confidence in south, lacking energy to tour Britain (7, two words) 17    Version of gene entirely useless to the heart (6) 18    Stock of sheep relish gambolling (6) 19    Slight suspicion about duke’s liberality (7) 26    Small potatoes, old Greek coins (7) 29    Material for skeleton: it is found in part of face (6) 31    Adjust two descriptions of abrasion (6) 32    Language, fundamental sort of English (5) 36    Meeting of firm vowel and consonant symbol (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 May.

2357: Half a Drum

Thursday

22 Mar 2018
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2351: Triplets

Unclued lights form three sets of three, each set related in a different way to a theme-word which is hidden in the grid and should be highlighted.   Across 1    Keeping on certain subject, I am an unusual scientist (13) 9    A court’s brief shade (4) 14    Mount paintings an artist submitted (6) 15    In position, mark hit (5) 20    Small holes in stone column you replaced (7) 21    Good money made, half in Oldie (7) 23    Risky amount to carry on horse (7) 24    Swimming organ, cold, leads to pains (5) 25    Recently winged (5) 26    Comparable condition, yet I lag badly (7) 32    Stupid-sounding right-winger in his element? (7) 36    Fighter KOs cross old farmer (4) 37    Murky liquidity in such a fund? (5) 38    A half-hearted mob in farmland (6) 39    Old poet’s limited range (4) 41    Rank one makes fast (4) 42    Like some wine? Assert with courage editor’s drunk (13, hyphened)   Down 1    Huge ship covered in blossom (5) 3    Page missing, wrote about a group of items (6) 4    Alps initially look vertical (5) 5    Philosopher you must admit almost genuine (7) 7    Expanse, some say, is better ventilated (6) 8    Value of equity in online business? (9, two words) 13    Candle for menorah fake? No end of confusion (7) 17    Good new puppies are shiny (7) 18    Most economical way one gets in supply (9) 19    One that bites yokel taking off end of the jaw (7) 21    Grazer left in superb pasture (9) 22    Engaging king, too briefly attentive (7, two words) 27    DNA sequences jail ordinary European: him? (7) 28    Hoodwinks lawyer before hearers (6) 29    These sung at ancient drunken social? (6) 31    You may be lucky to have one thousand at meeting (6) 33    Cattle pest: ox bitten upfront (5) 35    Smashed piece, using spades violently (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 9 April.

2351: Triplets

Thursday

23 Nov 2017
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2337: Millefeuille

Unclued lights are connected to a theme word (which does not appear), three in each of three different senses. Two clued lights form an anagram of a name associated with the theme and should be highlighted.   Across 8    Gulls escape through a hedge (4) 12    Manager almost cut American scientist (10) 13    Remove stain from tyrant? (6) 15    Nurse holds nail oddly in left hand (8) 18    Revolver on table, inactive at first, put us in hospital (9, two words) 19    Grim sabre wounded something in whale (9) 20    Appeared in incomplete small role (4) 21    Enemy crosses lake, a sheet of ice (4) 24    Soldier beat a gypsy (6) 27    Quickly purchase tin, a bad bargain? (6, two words) 29    Back in the past, Tiberius principally wore this (4) 32    Rector leaves thermostat turned to maximum (9, three words) 34    Like flat space in Europe I would enter free of drugs (9) 37    Gloss girl put round old, cheap stuff (8) 38    Murder victim, adult, hidden by one’s shrubs (7) 39    Sleep with cousin, having a need for baby (6) 40    Forced to repair torn annual (10, hyphened) 41    Squad came together, swinging round area (4) 42    A bore, running into deer in highway incident (8, two words)   Down 1    County volunteers on foot with fine, handy weapon (8, hyphened) 2    Strange images of discrimination (6) 3    Good in bed, but get into trouble (5, two words) 4    In pastorship, go wrong making address (14) 5    Organ included in a bishop’s debts (7) 6    One is sadly getting worse medical treatment (8) 7    Generally as a hybrid our pig died (14, three words) 9    Slave from Indies neglected (4) 11    Look adopted by sensible upper-class Londoner (6) 17    Rare wood, black in age (4) 23    Part of circle in punt is a medic (8) 25    Sir Walter’s tip: avoid surgery (4) 28    Offer to pay for short drink, and be ready for orders (7, two words) 31    Result of collapse of currency, with billions invested (6) 33    Locating session away from centre (6) 35    Entranced with absolute rise, having nominal value (5, two words)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 6 December.

2337: Millefeuille

Thursday

31 Aug 2017
Fieldfare

2325: Hard task

Clockwise round the grid run six of a kind (one of three words and one three-word pair). Other unclued lights show where you might find others of their kind. Unchecked corner letters could give PLAY-DEN PLANK.   Across 11    With everyone away, call hourly for singers (6) 13    Old bird biting end off confectionery (3) 16    Group of people, just the first section (5) 17    Left in the rain, following ordinary bird (5) 18    Power to clear out stretch of land (6) 19    Joke about family breaking up (6) 20    Develop strong emotion, turning against English (6) 21    Bills from old masters (5) 22    New mentor works in vacation (7, hyphened) 28    Commanded to capture American ship, one enemy of theirs? (7) 30    Ferment as poet switches ending (5) 31    Master cast medieval helmets (6) 34    Philosopher shortly holds answer for statesman (6) 36    Tree bark covering poorly (6) 37    Help no more in contested election (5) 38    Very keen on drinking beer, finally opening bars (5) 39    In hearing, fail to notice singular couple (4) 40    A side petal regrettably pruned (3) 41    Welsh town lacks principal two pieces of pasta (6)   Down 2    Penguin medley (8) 3    Resolve to change Teddy (9) 4    Woman almost fit to be scarecrow (6) 5    Given the word, men run into action (7) 7    Pirandello’s resistance for one unknown disease (5) 9    Lisa’s predecessor takes care of state (6) 12    Ted leaves airport, crossing a thousand ditches (6) 21    Baton said to be wielded as punishment (9) 23    After setback, stupidly erase passwords (8) 25    Black belted in martial art, I do drop out, turning up for sausage (8) 26    Wine, one picked in dispute, say (6) 27    Is not even able to eat here (7) 29    Handsome man’s election splits Greek extremists (6) 33    Art school pop group (5) 35    Still in bed? Pretended to have risen (5, two words)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 September.

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