Today

25 Nov 2021
2534: Off-pitch

Eight unclued lights (four of two words) are of a kind.   Across 1 False prophet faces interjection, perhaps (12, three words) 10 Old soldier heartily opposes Prohibition (4) 12 Women perorate furiously about Welsh sustainable energy source (10, two words) 14 Spell first half of ‘exhume’ wrong (3) 15 Person rebuking extremely restive demonstrator (8) 19 Porky pianist regularly stays in bed (6, hyphened) 22 Such fish are briefly making comeback in channels (6) 24 Onions’ relative originally eaten on knife (5) 27 Playing reggae on street, daughter moved unsteadily (9) 29 Chauvinist dictator’s spirit and energy (5) 31 Mother of singer Grace Jones finally entering Assam? (6) 34 Oddly ignoring Indian at these intervals (6) 36 Slander most of former students in outskirts of Crawley (7) 38 Bank wound up, losing face (5) 39 Belief system of area around Long Island (8) 40 Lenin with no new money for Romanians (3) 41 Ointments senile lot applied around beginning of May (10) 43 Sign NHS is yet evolving and amalgamating (12)   Down 2 Aged Republican exercising caution with regard to flying (10) 3 What Spooner’s Manx cat has that needs trimming regularly (7) 4 Modern Persian revolutionary is following at a distance (5) 5 Worker in Barking, Dover and Tees (9) 6 Royal circle getting it wrong (6) 8 Prior to following him, I’m leaving this place (4) 9 Bellicose dwarf chasing cowboy’s horse (12, hyphened) 13 Revolting jockstrap concealed by formal garment (12, two words) 16 Wood of hollow laburnum covered by earth (3) 20 Stokes main furnaces at last for hosts (6) 21 Excessively tax surplus stock (10) 23 Game continued in Tyrone right away (9, hyphened) 25 Cook nailed it comprehensively (8, two words) 28 In favour of old tax system (7) 30 Improvise victory over contemptible person (6, two words) 32 Drink, and be sick over phone (3) 35 Tries to find the ultimate in Anderson shelters to conserve (5) 37 Soldiers charm young nurses (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 8 December.

2534: Off-pitch

Thursday

29 Aug 2019
2423: Redheads

Eight unclued lights are of a kind.    Across 1    Place to take off sari, pants and slip (8) 8    Theatre oddly chucked out piano and mouth organ (4) 13    Barman mixing vodka and rum without hesitation (6) 14    Facade metaphorically protecting the scholarly world (7) 15    Stand our ground round buildings (8) 19    Exercise, sport and vehicles enthralling current South Americans (9) 20    Explosive philanthropist shunning British Christmas (4) 21    Lift man out, taking it slowly at first (4) 24    George I vacuously discusses hypothetical figures (6) 29    Indefinite number are cycling close by (4) 30    Sound of throat-clearing initially after horribly embarrassing moment (4) 32    Lecture wrong old man about interrupting witness (9) 37    Arab headdress leaves India in possession of important chap from east (8) 38    Copy idiot frolicking within walls of Eton (7) 39    Told presidential candidate to welcome Democrat (6) 40    Fine examples of how to stop species evolving (10) 41    Very tearful, missing island (4)   Down 2    Call upon half-cut investor to accept fine (6) 3    Extremely stylish toupee, something a woman might wear (5) 4    Reassessment of non-visual art at Barking (14) 5    Prophet heartlessly seizing fine article in Iranian city (7) 6    Damned dogs invading top end of Strand (8) 7    Status symbols hacking casino chief off (14, three words) 9    Allege banks snub those putting money aside (4) 10   New version of film about model (6) 11   Disinfectant is no help after accident (6) 17   Romeo poking contemptible person in guts (4) 22   Lively dance partially arouses ambassador (5) 23   Remove diadem from queen in nightclub when empty (8) 25   Gutted dace, fish extinct in Scotland (4) 28   Independent country once banning minute plant (7) 30   Shimmering bird of prey heading off in the morning (6) 31   Bring bad luck to criminal pair (6) 33  Six – not nine – learned to climb round clock (6) 35   Open up Mayfair haunt of vice (5) 36   Be rude about Norfolk town (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 16 September.

Thursday

27 Jun 2019
2414: Matchplay

Seven unclued entries had the same relationship to an eighth (appearing as the two other unclued lights).   Across 1    Tease females after tea (5) 9    Misrepresentation of man in notes from St Paul? (10) 11    Celebrated beginnings of little individuals, in a way (5, hyphened) 12    Plonkers heading off abroad for a breather (7) 14    Trace sauerkraut in German houses (5) 15    Low and extremely servile creature (5) 16    Gathering of hippies in front of leaky old vessel (6, hyphened) 21    Throw ormolu at US plant (4,4) 22    Make one’s blood run cold, though wearing nappy (7) 25    Ignoring the odds, Jason grabs sailors in river (4) 27    Report of rabbit missing part of face in horror film (7) 28    Return to fresh New England warehouse (8) 33    Sister rings Oscar, almost entirely to do with part of speech (6) 34    One departs after zero hour in North Macedonian city (5) 35    Scoundrels skinned aquatic mammal (5) 38    Trump’s shorthand typist faked notes (5) 39    Dryer of crocodile tears devastated after loss of role (10) 41    Small, half-cut Lutheran knocked back gin (5)   Down 1    Conservative courtesan unexpectedly went to Canadian capital (13) 4    Death row in England (6) 5    Thin blue paint regularly discarded (4) 6    Zambia’s first ace not permitted to lose concentration (7, two words) 7    Articulate childless peer (5) 8    Tail of itinerant chap’s donkey in London? (8, two words) 10    Initially expecting angry caller to veto choice of US college (13, two words) 13    Lovers later shed clothes and gorged themselves (7) 15    Account of French setter in French sea (6) 18    Fury of smart fellow, too discontented (6) 19    Doc, upset, by Heather’s small fish (7) 20    North-eastern dons spot wine sold more cheaply (6, hyphened) 23    Twisted in helix, originally obtained from nothing (8, two words) 26    Work thus, detailing square element in blood serum (7) 29    Unreciprocated love, strange indeed (6, hyphenated) 32    Presidential candidate with time for new bathroom fitting (5) 36    Food and equipment in stables (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 15 July.

2414: Matchplay

Thursday

4 Apr 2019
2402: Test pilots

Eight unclued entries are of a kind. A 9-letter word for their position must be highlighted in the grid.   Across 1    Am being harassed by society celebs (8, two words) 5    Idiots half-heartedly following British and Russian decrees (6) 9    Surer 4, strangely unsure (10) 14    Fitting carpet, ignoring odd bits (3) 16    Nobody initially criticises young female on piano (6) 17    Philosopher stopped ball, removing clothes (5) 18    Game companion set to include this (5) 20    Top-class loot in province and city of Africa (7) 22    Extract from Telegraph on iatrogenic voice loss (7) 26    Head of History Department advancing in profundity (5) 28    Push forward, destroying redoubt (7)| 31    Father of monasticism, extremely angular at lowest point (7) 33    Embarrassed a bogus journalist (7) 37    University dons strike back in attacks (5) 38    Retired north-eastern gentleman got up (5) 39    Laughing out loud, cut and run (6) 41  Those without vice train Norse monks (10, hyphened) 42    Took long steps in straight lines (6) 43    Central themes of books occupying economist (8)   Down 1    I bribe tall lad to play ball game on this (13, two words) 3    Unlimited waste, here and behind (6) 4    Poet rejecting thin material (5) 6    Band of Yale entrants? (7, two words) 7    Instruct porpoises, perhaps (6) 8    Sheepish female burglar finally in jug (4) 10    Ravel content to leave Ukrainian granny? (6) 11    Irregular cricket match in Morecambe covered by news agency (9) 12    Ace criminal barristers possessing popular capricious quality (13) 13    Putsch permits poetry (8) 15    Cheap ricotta containing fruit (7) 19    Italian playwright working flat out, overstepping the mark (9, two words) 21    Yeoman of the Guard releasing fine bird (8, hyphened) 29    Place to sleep undisturbed is necessity at first for nomad (6) 30    We hear someone lamenting ship (6) 32    Lecture English Romeo, regularly wearing sporran inside out (6) 35    Terribly easy time, till now (5, two words)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 April.

2402: Test pilots

Thursday

31 Jan 2019
2393: Monster Mash-up

1D (two words) 15 10 26 né 21 died on 2 February. Most famous for 7A 37 and 14, he was also in 1A (two words)’s 24.   Doc writes: This year some new compilers are joining the team. Today we welcome La Jerezana. We hope that solvers will enjoy the challenges which our new compilers will be offering.   Across 11    Headwear of a red revolutionary (6) 13    Vicar about to retire after rugby and squash (7, two words) 16    Short, misshapen trees (5) 17    Clumsy old asses initially flounder, perhaps (6) 18    Flower at Kew (6) 20    Indian title, name and origin of extremely holy place (6) 22    Prefer men tactfully concealing excitement (7) 27    Each era suffers pain (7) 29    Strips, getting plastered? (5) 30    Senior Service imported into a border town in Holland (6) 32    Princess on board Soviet space station somewhere above us (6) 34    Poles hide clothes of horrid Icelandic male (6) 36    Reprimand son till all hours (5) 38    Englishwoman checking old lady for pulse (7) 39    Naff pair lacking heads for business (6) 40    Can fool around (3) 41    Weak at heart, cadets don’t use swords as much (11)   Down 2    Swapping tips, locate heat-retaining energy source (8, two words) 3    Six bacon sandwiches — they’re gorgeous! (9) 4    ‘One favours nature over nurture at this point’, says French heretic (12) 5    Beat West Dorset jockeys (7) 6    At first some animals cause real strain in sanctuaries (8) 7    Came across books about fetish (5) 8    Regularly repairing net (4) 9    Nasty dog devoured clergyman (6) 12    Very rainy over townships in South Africa (6) 19    Longest eel in Essex possesses tough quality (10) 21    Ancestry of trim gent, a criminal (9) 23    Ali G’s successor interrupting Adam and mum rudely (8) 25    Card-carrying and oddly placid loyalists (6, hyphened) 28    Chase female in women’s quarters (6) 31    1000 projectiles upset US parent (5) 33    Skilful performer, March-November (5) 35    Athenian misanthrope briefly turns up in skip (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 February.

2393: Monster Mash-up