Mr Magoo

Thursday

28 May 2020
Mr Magoo

2459: 22 Down

Six unclued entries (three of three words, and one of two words) can be combined to make a quotation (in ODQ), and the remainder combine to reveal its author. Across 11 Fashionable mission deemed impossible ultimately (7)13 Far-reaching lake beside farmhouse (9, hyphened)14 Unhealthy-looking meat snack (5)21 Keen to get drunk in bender (4)23 Sailor avoiding company seafood (7)24 Granny turning over half of Indian bread? (4)25 Dullness — there’s nothing quick about it (7)30 Told US schoolgirl about ground nut (7)31 Cleaner shot in the arm? (4)32 Fizzy beer criticised, litre being wasted (7)34 Holly Willoughby’s second law (4)35 Gentleman succeeded queen in republic (7)40 Taste fluid and gas mixture (5)42 Profit from mother initially ruing her ruin? (6)43 Presbyterian backing volunteer fee with supplies (7, two words) Down 2 Look into activity of this person with a long face (6)3 Disco ball? (5)5 Cape that’s avoided by matador? (4)6 Dairy substance produced from the bottom up (4)7 Magazine concerned with investigative method (7)8 Place taken by athletics cheat, one having an effect (7)9 One trains pitiful nag (9)10 Do soldiers fill in hard time here? (7)15 First-rate fun (5)17 Language’s including term for sheet metal once? (7)18 Sends on actress at first wearing revolutionary clothes (11)20 Like Esau’s pottage, perhaps, involving a brown colour (7)22 Volunteers are covering collapsed dishes? (9)26 Excessive latitude not seen in roll (5)27 Distressing siren? (7)28 Singing governess holds note in febrile atmosphere (7)29 Work for the Tube? (7)33 Lazy people snored offensively (6)36 Merchant’s partner protected growth? (5)38 One showing the way to stash heroin for addict (4)39 Throw up, seeing people eat whelks for starters (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 15 June.

2459: 22 Down

Saturday

28 Mar 2020
Mr Magoo

2450: Titled Men

The unclued lights consist of one author, two titles and four characters; ignore one accent. The titles (three words and five words) are pairs. Across 6 50% caught in large-scale disease outbreak (8)12 Get everyone out of Aleppo, due to lunatic taking over (10)13 Rolls makes an impression (9)14 Killer gets into motor car (4)15 Wherein somehow I see the cold? (8, two words)17 Vagrant’s absolutely not bonkers (5)21 Eccentric work about witch being an old ass (11)22 Isn’t conscious, so zones out (7)24 Who supplies seashells essentially? (3)26 Aim for boundary (3)28 Geneticist analysed sockeye salmon, not finding mace so different (7)33 Sink sailor at end of voyage (5)35 Drug consumed by felines and bovines (8)37 Finally you will weaken a bone (4)38 Fabulous bird one computer tycoon debugs? (9)39 Brief vintages beginning to taste like pastry? (10) 41 Pitch beside Southern hillside (5) Down 1 Being offhand with danger in EastEnders? (8)3 Great French writer mostly using English (4)4 Permit to enter Colombia revoked for egg holder (6)5 They prevent stern decree working (11)9 Protract a scandal about Mr Musk? (8)10 Place to trade silver in addition to sun flowers (9)11 Where batsman is not getting runs in the end (5)16 Masseur almost taking notes in stupid theological belief (11)18 More than one circular cutting tool, say (3)20 Can boat dance in the Caribbean? (9, two words)23 Fool fabricated tutor’s MA (8)25 Very old women being singular? (8)27 Make gravadlax, say, as treatment for alcoholic? (7, hyphened)28 Story in press (3)30 Perhaps Kaliningrad’s expression of annoyance? (6)31 United impressed by extravagantly diabolical deal-maker? (5)32 What you might get from twenty-seven in three? (5)36 Essential oil made by man from Essen? (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 13 April.

2450: Titled Men

Saturday

15 Feb 2020
Mr Magoo

2444: Ones in the country

The unclued entries (three of two words, and two hyphened) share an origin  Across 1 Put an end to fight where you get a pinch (8) 12 Gold chain found in tangle (5) 14 Produce eggs to value somehow (7) 17 Panic in the manner of commandos (5) 22 Francophone settlers take from simple country folk (8) 23 Page turned by rotter investigating brother (7) 24 Note winning score for Japan (6) 25 Page to agitate author (6) 27 Former half of double-cross, presumably (7, hyphened) 29 Destroyer keeps daughter in custody (8) 33 Old images featuring body art in Saudi Arabia (6) 34 More devious concerning one hiding gold (5) 35 Not in company with new cut plant (4) 37 Increase Labour’s representation (7) 38 Ray volunteers to follow Guy (5) 39 It isn’t the oar working for salts (12) 40 Manner in which he replaces a watery substance (4)  Down 1 A walk in the park succeeded in rounding bends (6) 2 Fletcher marks this top innings (4) 3 What’s taught by George? (6) 4 Film star viciously barged over (7) 5 Wagging tail on a dog is problem for canine (10) 7 Underage one at rave getting brandy (11) 8 Rings the changes, or charges? (5) 9 Moony with star, involved with this? (9) 10 Trees spotted towering round centre of Mumbai? (6) 13 Smell bad smells, not opening cigar holders (8) 19 One cooking getting cut first, stopping nursemaid wanting low position? (10) 21 Chats back and forth about Silver, hard part of text (9) 26 Frustrates Voldemort finally at school, scoring own goal (7) 28 Edited feature, outside broadcast by Dicky Jones (7, two words) 30 Pat shaved off moustache in pub forum (6) 32 Religious community picked up twelve people (5) 36 Native Americans being savages out of Brazil (4)  A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 March.

2444: Ones in the country

Saturday

18 Jan 2020

Wednesday

18 Dec 2019

Thursday

19 Sep 2019
Mr Magoo

2426: Her love

The unclued lights (including one of three words, two of two words, and a pair) are names for or are connected with a character. Two further four-letter names hidden in one row must be highlighted.   Across 1    Discharge sailor to work out (7) 6    New mums with potential addition (7) 11    Bravo, cool dude (6, two words) 12    Worldly nun made merry (7) 14    Senior statesmen have records (5) 15    One given Celtic name in English by American (5) 17    Singer’s volume is turned to zero by English girl (6) 19    Driver of workings girls reversed where Will lived (9) 21    Noise of bird is heavenly phenomenon (7) 24    Shut up a chimp in the house, say, with workout video (9, two words) 29    Race involving money’s over (7, two words) 30    Best and worst in extremely ordinary reconstruction of features (9) 32    Supplier of vehicle parts with a price rise (6) 33    Growth concealed by special actress (6) 36    Tip: where Joey lives (5) 37    Fantastic supporter of the royal family (7) 38    Pig had second birthday, lacking three weeks with the purpose specified  (6, three words) 39    Russian yet to be represented as reddish (7) 40    Pond-dweller abandons soft ground (7)   Down 1    Lacking aspiration, musical drama is what singer wants (7) 2    Transport by which you may get carried away (5) 3    Sign me on for a change (4) 4    Dropping head, one bound to startle old high-fliers (9) 5    Uproar is silent when leader’s protected by earls (6) 7    A French chair, to reject from office (6) 9    In island rising, gin treated tumours (8) 10    Shakespeare’s dull constable’s superior grass (7) 13    Engineer could prevent, or allow, wisp (8) 20    Fills folds again, say (8) 23    They were revolutionary believers eating bread (8) 25    ‘Awfully sorry’: the feminist’s response to a subject (8) 26    Soup, like tomato, turned up under ‘food’ (7) 28    Write about a politician, and preserve source (6) 29    Dwarf drinking rector’s Scotch whisky? (6) 31    Group of bright stars (5) 34    Bring up what one can bring up (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 7 October.

Thursday

18 Jul 2019
Mr Magoo

2417: Six Nations

One of the unclued entries (two words) can be followed by each of the others (two of three words, one of two words), according to Brewer.   Across 1    Clean turns into crashes – rash? (8) 8    What goes up, to go down like a lead balloon? (4) 14    Sinn Fein resisted revolutionary drinks (7) 16    Herbivore finally starts to like killing some deer (4) 17    Feminine to back out of awfully shameful dances (5) 18    Spot, catching cat in retreat, is being too dramatic (6) 22    Victory in closely fought double-header may be so (8, hyphened) 23    Moslem keeps avoiding alcohol in Biblical tree (7) 24    Extremely silent before old record player (6) 27    Merge my terribly rare jewels (7) 29    Deceiving manner lecturer’s assumed (8) 33    Backing singer’s achievement is knowledge of the spiritual (6) 34    Man, leaving dung, in charge of the waste product (5) 35    Rodent upset a lamb’s parent (4) 37    Bargain thrown away to secure mad cow (7, hyphened) 38    Spray water on a book (5) 40    PM snubbed qualifier (4) 41    Unamused folk continue to obstruct a good time (8)   Down 1    Escort arrived back without Oscar hosts (6) 2    One tenor leaves another some money for Muscat (4) 3    Gauls, perhaps, with King wearing furs (6, hyphened) 4    Eating’s formed these? (7) 5    Kate Moss’s aim perhaps is to ignore mass diet (10) 6    Caviare is located around dishes (7) 8    It’s remarkable to see United in defeat (5) 10    Wager about donkey hunting dog? (6) 13    Raised wood is placed alongside porcelain materials (8) 15    Carriers manage TV monitor (11) 19    Arrogant sweep conceals elevation (10) 20    Perhaps daughter out of clothes leaves (8) 21    Wader – ruff masking height of wings (9) 26    Makes a Spielberg movie – here (7, two words) 28    Prepare to fence most of English forest (7, two words) 30    African union payment made with Greek coin in US city (6) 31    Norse God announces tests (6) 32    Only child sitting up in bed for some embroidery (5) 36    Forward exercises right (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 August.

2417:  Six Nations

Thursday

14 Mar 2019
Mr Magoo

2399: Lines of work

Eight unclued entries (two of two words, one hyphened) form a folk rhyme used as the basis for the first lines of a work whose title is the other unclued entry (hyphened). Its author (5 cells) must be highlighted. Elsewhere, ignore two or three apostrophes and an accent.   Across 1    Needing complex course, my job’s on the line  (12, hyphened) 10    Seaman jailed by extremely benign officer (4) 12    Suspect fresh angle will show solar phenomenon (10, two words) 14    Quadruped found in centre of cowboy’s rope (3) 15    More than one ancient stole prayer books (8) 17    Is consecrating old priest leaving marks? (5) 19    Pirate chief in poem’s left alone almost (6) 24    Judge ignored by cheerful relative (5) 26    We’ll pardon four amongst criminals (9) 29    Take away meal for Ian, on a regular basis (5) 31    Auction item includes fine old watch (6, two words) 38    Drab leading lady covered in egg flips (5) 39    One in charge of regions abroad (8) 40    Wee bit of His Majesty (3) 41    They have nine stamens, and nine are damaged! (10) 42    Cunning chief (4) 43    Camp moved next to loch (12)   Down 2    It could be converted into ‘namely’ (10) 3    New cutting is not likely to get established (7) 4    What did ’untsman do to eat? (5) 5    Area of skin over-embarrassed my mother? (9) 6    Raid on ground? (6) 7    Messy duel behind back of fire escape (5) 8    Being stressed to some extent (4) 11    Beach that is good round town (8, two words) 13    Bushy growths unwanted by lovers (12) 16    £1/1000, that might arise? (3) 19    Social worker supports boy making noise (6) 21    Planning going up to learn in academic faculties? (10) 23    State capital not guarded by stronghold (9) 25    Crew messed with endless snakes — boas, etc (8) 30    Name for female princesses (6) 32    Cool demonstrated by policeman (3) 35    Bird’s content to turn up in central spot for nest (5) 37    Sexual activity involves partners holding hands, and doesn’t take place! (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 1 April.

2399:  Lines of work

Thursday

17 Jan 2019
Mr Magoo

Stout and bubbly

According to Brewer, a five-word phrase was used to describe a creature, but applies also to a three-word fictional character. The unclued entries, one doing double duty, comprise the phrase, the creature, his victim, the character, and the author’s surnames.   Across 1    ‘Poacher’s instruments’ mean whisky (8, hyphened) 6    A jockey’s is shorter than a cricketer’s or swimmer’s (6) 11    Somehow I trust in operating system — as do we? (10) 13    Virginia leaves unusual reading in fits (5) 14    Used deep-worn crinkles (8, hyphened) 16    Book at bedtime essentially involves unknown author (5) 17    Most of lie covered by idiot in leaflet (7) 18    Wraps up conclusions, having followed content (7) 19    A constant alto, very soft, Miss Fitzgerald’s sung unaccompanied (9, two words) 22    European country, lacking in resort (5) 23    Folk from Dover seizing a crew? (6) 24    Palms like rotating where Palm Springs is? (6) 26    Opponent of revolutionary Spain (3) 30    Thank Duma for changing capital (9) 32    Loamy ground closes around one (7) 33    Rocket engine more like early science fiction? (7) 35    Eva, perhaps, finding radioactive element in bread (5) 36    Current divinity giving two meanings for Isis? (8, two words) 37    Double one: game shot (5) 38    Assessing the removal of inhabitants, reducing 100 by half (10) 39    Term for gassy substance without mass: hot air in the Highlands (6) 40    It’s polarised voter missing old film (8)   Down 2    Old river in old Colombia? (7) 3    Rabbit cries ‘Monsters’ (7) 5    Shire horse’s failing late monarch (4) 7    University getting in European sweet dish (8) 9    Allowed to study cycling pedal (7) 12    Faint star, without oxygen replacing uranium (5) 15    One smoking in Sicily before getting up (4) 20    Whose piety may be questioned in Islamabad? (4) 21    Support league with 12 in? (4) 22    Help forward player waiting to play wait (8) 25    One lady almost captures Japanese island — this one? (7, two words) 27    Pistol killing German it set free (7) 28    Scorn once ridiculous seeding (7) 29    Girl interrupting couple’s meeting (5) 31    Graduate amongst present heads (6)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 February.

Stout and bubbly

Thursday

29 Nov 2018
Mr Magoo

2387: On the spot

Two unclued lights give the name of a location and another a means of arrival and -departure. Other unclued lights give the names of the party arriving, including one who joins them at the location, and none who leave them there. The three instances of a certain letter appearing in the grid must be written in red, just as in the original.   Across 14         Quantity of money in pit in ground, finally hidden (3) 16         Sheets of cloud — it’s holding sailor back (6) 17         Set out after most of crew assembles (5) 18         Cover for the faithful sailor after greeting judge (5) 20         Value in novel, lacking spirit (7) 24         Fortune is satisfying, it’s said, and dislocates (7) 25         Folk walk around burying cache finally (5) 26         Fit section into charts sent back (5) 33         One used to bite things, including one’s gold (7) 37         Be still in the main 27 (5, two words) 38         Shanty involving chest, ultimately, robbed long ago (5) 40         Hear a shot (3) 41         Native American cabanas that almost collapsed (10) 42         Disorderly master deposed in mutiny died (6)   Down 1           Ten rich months at sea in the Hebrides, later tomorrow (13, three words) 2           Where they say the only way is being cross (5) 3           Drink most of bar following missile (6) 4           Clothe one dead stiff (5) 6           All the buccaneers initially opening fire took no further action (7, two words) 7           A boat hired with a co-ordination problem (6) 8           Crazy 23 subtracting 5 twice (4) 10         Swear blind Jack must replace ship’s captain at first (6) 12         Not trendy, travelling with Silver in fast time — he’ll help sell novel (13, two words) 13         New Europe set in Honduras after this (8) 15         Chapters covering revolutionary enmity — they go fast (7) 19         It’s deadly getting us captured by rotten pirates (9) 21         Vessels accommodating suffering servants (8) 23         People up North, some heading up to catch runner (7) 27         Impose on lunatic around thematic location (7) 29         Ref has blown up again (6) 30         English company leaves tropical fruit for lover of greens? (6) 32         Extremely virile salt upset virgin (6) 34         Mates supply power for ship (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 December.

2387: On the spot

Thursday

18 Oct 2018
Mr Magoo

2381: Step changes

1 Across and 45 Across form a phrase, and the other unclued entries form a word ladder linking them, by changing one letter at a time, always forming real words. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 11    Weary junkie’s eaten mollusc (10) 13    Everything taken into account, at last, endlessly (5, two words) 14    Holiday son’s taken from country in empty spaces (5) 15    Everybody in work makes useful by-product (7, two words) 17    Cheat I rumbled beginning to look honest (7) 19    Colonnade to put in square area (4) 22    Stones swapping vocal parts – they make records fast (6) 24    Shrinking, like clothes after dry-cleaning? (9) 25    Take us to the stars, including Queen (5) 26    Sopranos entertaining Morse, say – they sang (5) 28    Boycott to run short, in old measure (9) 33    Cow used by Spenser one day a week (4) 36    English judge, presumably, having a thing for climbing in the Alps (6) 39    Bread and butter, in a flutter (7) 40    Almost painful noise one mutes (7) 41    Start to play, foul, dirty trick (5) 42    Skilled lecturer’s broken china (5) 43    Shocks chaplain fallen woman is tempting (10) 44    Do extremely heavy boys regularly wrestle here? (6)   Down 2    Section of Galatians read up herein? (5) 3    Ring pub where travellers get charged (7, two words) 4    Want to act as regicide? (6) 5    Some do believe in daggers (5) 6    Cutting growths out of the tree (9) 8    Gets up earlier when securing salary increase (7) 9    What may power motor cycle, possibly (5) 12    Queen acting to rule South Africa in verse (10) 16    Parts of church supply chain store (10) 20    Keynote European speech’s beginning to bore me (4) 21    Frank strives to work in A&E (9) 23    Barrel concealing a lord (4) 27    Place I like lacks fine flexibility (7) 29    Hole in volcano sent up a colourful dye source (7) 30    Struck with a soft lump of soil (6) 32    Peasants caught noblemen once (6) 35    Shaving facial hair without having hidden stuff (5) 37    Piece of isolated land has tenant (5) 38    Undercut the 20th dossier? (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 November.

2381: Step changes

Thursday

14 Jun 2018
Mr Magoo

2363: Case ending

Four of the unclued entries make up a ten-word Shakespearean quotation, including an apostrophe. The other three (two of two words each) represent three possible victims. Elsewhere, ignore an accent. 34 is in Brewer’s.   Across 11    He almost banned awfully poisonous plant (7) 12    Cross Spain with a formative stage (4) 14    Editor buys the farm and moves round (6) 17    See a wretch regularly buried in soil (5) 19    Breaking in Irish rugby games is initially no good (9) 21    Wet month, and its beginning? (5) 23    Runs are runs, and not so easy to come by (5) 25    It’s fun to cover an important body – in this? (8, two words) 26    Means of access to get in plane, say? (6) 27    Holding king in carriage (6) 29    Rare objection to act constraining Scottish sportsman but not forever (8) 31    Studied turning round black electrical unit (5) 33    Stench surrounding most of wicked scar (5) 34    Possibly wormy bale? (9, two words) 36    Bewildered, in the main (5, two words) 39    Flowers are carried by goddess (8) 40    Extremely vile smell connected with certain body parts (6) 41    Gossips chatter about bishop (4) 42    Knotted around fifty knots (7) 43    Novak finally returns good shot – with this? (12, two words)   Down 2    Ian’s denied left-winger was rebellious (9) 3    Log support plus strength (7) 4    Gutted leopard-cat brought up ounce in Tibet (4) 5    How pupils can be organised to study small pictures (6) 6    Measures devised to protect one essentially (9) 7    Badgers use that habitat, ultimately (4) 8    Fertiliser troubled humans in blaze (10, hyphened) 9    Raised amendment to excise volume, having greater volume (7) 10    Mobile home for monk? (4) 16    Yield to temptation, not having married American devil (8) 18    Is painting for three, as Picasso might say? (8) 22    Daft Asian chiefs letting Society replace joint schools (9) 24    Waking up sick, or use alarm endlessly (9) 28    One bumblebee, lacking any recurrent character, disturbed flower (7) 32    French lawyer visiting two states for taste of America (6) 35    Reap this fruit making return (4) 37    Like Prometheus, needing extra time? (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 July.

2363: Case ending

Wednesday

28 Mar 2018
Mr Magoo

2352: Upright Characters

Of the unclued entries, three combine to form a phrase (five words) describing three more (four foreign-language words). The remaining three combine to form a sentence (seven words) given by Brewer as an example of one of them.   Across 1    It’s brimming, almost like an optimist’s view? Not half! (8) 8    Song or dance following song and dance (4) 13    Something woven when you choose (6, two words) 14    Slight fracture of leg caught in net (7) 15    Played loud or very loud in quarters (8) 18    I’m ‘snailed’, struggling with these? (9) 20    Measure of drink needed for bender (4) 21    Upset copy-taker includes this? (4) 24    He gets savage with any bit of animal (6) 27    Right to take possession of letter (6) 29    Circulate penny by where it may be spent (4) 30    Eat nothing like convenience food? (4) 32    Like thorium, or a square bond made with thorium (9) 34    The wicked one disposed of her clan (9, hyphened) 37    One scrapes grey sailor out of shambles (8) 38    Din fades — but not for them (7) 39    Orchestra members — they’re found in bed together (6) 40    Secret note hidden in blue dress (10, hyphened) 42    Title numbers are backed unanimously (8, three words)   Down 2    Spare shoot (6, two words) 3    Big gambler’s potential loss, this unfortunately involves disaster finally (5) 4    Making excuses like orderly type? (14, hyphened) 5    Jack leaves mountain range with climber almost in another (7) 6    Older mistresses long to rise in stages (8) 9    Old man quits run (4) 10    Rat dipped in river for some time (6) 11    Stupid — to think this will incur no phone bill? (6) 17    Selling technique used by pushy people (4) 25    How to get peasant out of pleasant festival (4) 28    Tenor leaves exceptional group — they’re noisy when they’re out (7) 30    Litter dropped by pig in worst seats in the house? (6) 31    Arabian disease dropping black spot on chest (6) 33    Hit back, when each element is followed by advanced weapon (6) 35    Some pupils to welcome here (5) 36    Line written by a Welsh bard ultimately found here (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 16 April.

2352: Upright Characters

Thursday

15 Feb 2018
Mr Magoo

2346: The name of the game

The unclued entries (two hyphened) are all synonyms. Each of five clues contains a word that must be removed to enable the clue to be solved. These words can all be augmented by a letter (the five letters appear in sequence in the completed grid, and must be highlighted) to form five more words, which, treated singly or combined in pairs, form nine items. One is a synonym of one of the unclued entries.   Across 2   Grand walking shoe designed to conceal posh hell (13, two words) 11   Just on a length (5) 12   Colour girl is turning (6) 14   Smooth metal grating (4) 15   Fanatical, but not cool, to admit naughty maid is naked (10) 16   Admired one parabola, perhaps (6) 18   Bear eats one piece of cloth (5) 22   Good, bad or ugly attack from Spenser (6) 24   Some may call a foul over deceptive appearance (7) 25   Does more than plants, we hear? (7) 26   Fines criminal cashier (7) 28   Slowly, cook gets extremely tearful in feast (7) 30   Swedish name, a name a family rejected (6) 35   Axeman cutting the werewolf (5) 37   Back at university, eight in the vicinity finally – here? (6) 38   Title character making editor turn cross (10, two words) 39   Appear to receive money (4) 40   Greens backing energy in type of power they favour? (6) 41   Felt bad about a dance (5) 42   Where to get diastemata fixed in trend lately (13)   Down 1   Left in box, priest keeps English quill (13, hyphened) 2   Manager managed to retain World Cup winner? (6) 3   An imaginary longitude represented on a ceiling (10, two words) 5   Mr Kennedy perhaps could stray around six (7) 6   Senselessness and cruelty, giving out stink (7) 7   Me and this agent would become Native American (7) 8   Bowler, perhaps, admitting it is target (5, two words) 9   Burns regularly taking care of great Scots (4) 10   Chaos upset United supporters (5) 13   He roams on lagoon, discarding ordinary old rubbish? (13) 17   Learner in Nordic area, not beginning to ski – thus? (6) 20   What reeled, with work? (10) 21   Legal document one found in factory (6) 23   Solids had to race around (9) 27   Whip second bottle, not a whit (7) 29   Disclose up to one suspect (7, two words) 31   Thin bride getting married in fix (6) 33   Stupid Sol losing love for god (5) 34   Voice action vocalised note (5) 36   Keen pupil with contact in exam (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 March.

2346: The name of the game

Thursday

4 Jan 2018
Mr Magoo

2340: Booboos

3 1A (eight words in total, one apostrophe) and 41 23 32 36 (seven words, including two accents) give two quotations (in ODQ) by 17 (two words), which possibly contradict each other or themselves.   Across 10    With this cube, making something solid? (5) 11    Resolve to remove head of the BBC (5) 13    Old doctor and children taking shelter (5) 14    Tap – what to do when it’s stuck, some say? (6) 15    Crack first of clues remaining (5) 16    Old uncle’s disparaging about a poetical gem (8) 19    Receiver of sorts turning to crime (7) 21    The person about to get out of danger (4) 24    Make rector scoff in church (6) 26    Radio user’s S American range (6) 27    Stay forward (4) 29    This person eats men as well (4) 31    Uses multiple fruit, consuming one (7) 34    Like any faith and belief, not quite destroyed (8) 37    ‘Fury’ returning synonym: Rage (6) 39    Engagement ring may contain this (5) 40    Female stops one getting out of shape (5) 42    Quadrupeds taking delight in rounding church? (14)   Down 1    Is glad to receive positive RSVP response, left out by son (8) 2    Summit lines in box work (7) 4    Hood’s companion eats (4) 5    Reproductive organs going up almost give life to society (7) 6    Bridge-player discarding two of clubs, no less valuable (6) 7    Be officer in charge of dog (5) 8    Extra cheers! (3) 9    Compass and some shreds of canvas? (6) 12    Is landing found below ordinary windows? (13) 13    Student who bends over to get round rule? (7) 18    Canoe must be adapted here (5) 20    Closely examine charity (5) 22    In Balmoral, say, rather a place to live (7) 25    Nausea: without question, it’s convenient (8) 27    Wanting more births to happen a lot, ignoring rate (7, hyphened) 28    Student group remains unhappy (7) 29    Cosmopolitan women seldom drunk (6) 30    In game, strive to work with faults (6, two words) 33    Join football club, almost (5) 35    Affected by one who’s familiar, missing canine (4) 38    Upset sailor, one leaves ship in trouble (3)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 January.

2340: Booboos

Thursday

5 Oct 2017
Mr Magoo

2330: Image

10 5/9/34/30D/7/35/4/1D is a poem quoted in full in ODQ. The author’s surname (and indeed first name) appears at 26.   Across 1    Portable furniture affected county (8, hyphened) 8    It’s only fair (4) 12    Get ready to improve shepherd’s delight left in champagne? (10) 13    Some twin sisters are demanding (6) 14    Book wrapping was double Scotch? (7) 15    Chemical engineer rejects classical dry measures (8) 18    Awfully insecure time for those lacking control? (9) 19    Spenser’s bound to study in plant (9) 20    Genuinely caught the criminal (4) 21    Votes against heartless bills in US (4) 24    In Monaco I break a contract, lacking hearts and diamonds? (6) 27    Fever therefore masks unknown power (6) 29    I managed to turn round in shop (4) 30    Elephant nearly displays delicacy (4) 32    Drier city – until we left (9, two words) 37    Planes of symmetry manoeuvred in air with pride (8) 38    In fury, Rice syncopated music (7) 39    Coin three-quarters of a nursery rhyme (6) 40    Skilled worker without article tests his skills? (10) 41    Protégé died after fighting (4) 42    Carnivores are wandering listlessly – bother! (8, two words)   Down 2    Warn them to cut heads off in battle (6) 3    Sun forbidden to run newspaper (5) 6    Like a prize-winner moved in hospital? (8) 11    ‘Creditor’ beginning to take bank job (6) 16    Was director not concerned with horse? (5) 17    Take direction from old Turkish leader (4) 22    Team in which old man replaces one, one in suit (5) 23    Missing link, perhaps missing an unconscious urge to get quite wet (8) 25    Vulgar conduct, with women rejecting advance (4) 28    Rag and bone man raising end, straight down (7, hyphened) 31    Army regulation disturbed a military force (6) 33    European allowed to pull out (6) 36    Seaweed found in tea garden (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 October.

2330: Image

Thursday

22 Jun 2017
Mr Magoo

2315: Trunk call

Seven unclued entries are all examples of the other. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 11    Ginger wine and rose (9, hyphened) 12    A long, aspirational character (5) 14    Feel for plunder, departing from honesty (4) 15    Remain undecided, lacking hint from photo finish (3) 18    Inoffensive, but for second, rude (7) 19    Less clear operator, having a doubt, cut off (7) 22    Former mother heard complaint (6) 23    Vessels are able to leak, they say (6) 24    Admiral inclined to put daughter first (5) 27    One receiving praise, gutted to accept assent (5) 29    Deletes verses about America lacking in volume (6) 31    One cloudy and almost severe cold spell (6, two words) 34    When Romans held their market, one in order to provide food (7) 35    No Maori is playing Cupid (7) 38    Wanting advance, don’t leave home for Napoleon? (3) 39    Sign showing old people (4) 41    One of Toad’s enemies succeeded with precision (5) 42    One getting office endlessly happy for ninth week (9)   Down 2    Dope that is being produced by rubber? (5) 5    Infant was guzzling after gas (7) 6    Doing well following a phone call (6) 7    Black king, with white king out of range (6) 8    Managed to fire rifle (7) 9    Nicosia? It’s in Cyprus (4) 10    Teaching schools by half stopping experts (9) 15    Duet played electronic composition (5) 20    Reckon state’s disarming around its biggest 9 (9) 21    Dance is hard work (3) 25    Race to produce more eggs? (5) 26    Put away parts of repast that aren’t odd (3) 28    Restless trouble-maker stopped short (7) 30    Row over girl pruning Japanese plant (7) 32    Moon concealing alien’s face (6) 33    Tinder user initially pursues a date in an instant (6) 36    In plane, verify when pigs will fly (5) 37    A mostly exotic resin supplier (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 10 July.

2315: Trunk call

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5 Jan 2017

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15 Sep 2016

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21 Jul 2016

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30 Jun 2016

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18 Feb 2016

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6 Aug 2015

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16 Apr 2015