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

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,

Magical mystery tour solution

The Journey of the Magi (38A and 39A), by T.S. Eliot, was based on an earlier sermon by Lancelot Andrewes, which is the source of the perimeter’s version of the quotation (starting ‘in the East’, down the right-hand column). His name appears in anagram form at 43D and 12D; and T.S. Eliot similarly at 47D

Magical Mystery Tour

A quotation (in ODQ), starting on the  appropriate side of the grid, runs clockwise around the perimeter. The other unclued entries (one of two words, one of three words), will show solvers the event being described, interrupted by some disposals. The original author of the quotation, found in anagrams in symmetrical answers, must be highlighted,

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2291: Seriously?

In ten clues, the wordplay omits one of the letters of the solution. These letters in the grid, read row by row, complete the missing two words of an 11-word quotation (in the ODQ) given by five unclued entries. The other unclued entries give the name of the speaker. If these same letters in the

to 2289: I don’t believe it!

The unclued lights are expressions meaning NEVER (3A, 4D+43A, 21D+14D, 37A+1D and 37A+15D).   First prize Hilary James, London W5 Runners-up David Henderson, Almonte, Ontario; A.H. Harker, Oxford

2278: Will alterations

Across clues contain a definition and a jumble of the answer. In each row of the grid, a Shakespearean character is hiding, disguised by one letter. In one instance, the character does not occupy a whole entry — and in that instance the character is also hiding in the previous row. The disguises add up

to 2275: Frame of reference

Corrections of misprints in clues give CHAMBERS DICTIONARY, defining the items in the perimeter.   First prize David Heath, Euston, Newark Runners-up E.C. Wightman, Menston, Ilkley, W. Yorks; E. Hogg, London SW13

2267: Double-edged Swords

The unclued lights are anagrams of words meaning ‘blessing’, hence 43A MIXED BLESSINGS. The words are 11A AGREEMENT, 31A BENISON, 34A CONSENT, 40A BOON, 10D PERMISSION, 13D GODSEND, 15D SANCTION and 27D DARSHAN. First prize Ian Dempsey, Oldwick, New Jersey Runners-up Dr Simon Shaw, Goosnargh, Lancs; Rhidian Llewellyn, Minchinhampton, Glos