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Today

17 Sep 2020
Pabulum

2475: Poem VI

Unclued lights are ten words taken from a poem quoted in ODQ. The poet’s name (two words) will appear diagonally in the completed grid and must be shaded. Across 1 Raise a fuss about street urchins (8) 11 Mercury, say, in the sky (7) 12 Joanna shrinks following advance of insects (5) 13 Musician’s fine whenever accompanying royalty (5) 15 Bug and grub infesting section of plants (7) 17 Conceivably producer of fine service tree (4) 19 Drink last short (5) 23 Room behind marble corridor (8) 24 Old hat £100,000, it’s restored by feather-dresser (7) 26 Nucleus of inert noble gas (6) 28 Arab in search for head of family (6) 30 Bit of headgear covering noted lawman guarding Sunshine State (7) 38 Drop off withdrawn being outside animal park (6) 39 Coloured socks for children (5) 42 Constant oak bewitched a thousand very big, big birds (7) 43 Lazy female sweeper (5) 45 Poor Ian renovated vestibules (7) 46 Colours of sandpiper Hank freed (4) 47 Pair of equines belonging to liquidator (8) Down 1 Honest lad trained under aged fellow (6) 3 Surface of shifting dunes uncle no longer traverses (6) 4 Tailed sardine knight clumsily guts (7) 5 Sterility in ordinary spies (6) 7 Hollow Leo scrunched tissue (6) 8 Afternoon visiting ill wives and concubines (5) 9 Corot painted Turner perhaps twisting part of mouth (9, two words) 10 One wanting schooner in city hotspot (6) 14 Trees changed if autumn (8) 16 Fizzy drink some shake first (5) 18 Lass has boot short of width (5) 22 Implicitly red jam left inside steward’s room (9, two words) 25 Musical term confused new alto (5) 27 Direction of guard bearing right (5) 29 Leading banks initially based in Grosvenor Square (7, two words) 31 Suits mellow non-smoker wears (7) 33 Welsh river obstructs second unknown creature (6, two words) 34 Heartless adults forming gangs (6) 35 Fellows hugging the retired deans (6) 36 Pests forever mind traps (6) 41 Fine noise from Alderney institute (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 October.

2475: Poem VI

Thursday

6 Aug 2020
Pabulum

2469: Breadth

Unclued lights are anagrams of Shakespearean characters. These lights are defined by surplus words in eight clues. Across 1 Recreational areas exhibit special advantages (13, two words) 9 Athletic blue bound by IOU? As if! (7, three words) 11 Muddling along with me, my monkey and ape matter (7) 14 How Wasps may be: Anglo-Saxon and rich (6) 16 Ducks flap within NZ region (5) 17 Unique sort of tyrant cycling (4) 20 Wading birds are beginning to love large fresh bacon sandwiches (7) 21 Country apparel rejected by short hind (7) 24 Monkey jumps near portico (5) 25 Heroic soprano against 75% of nutritive fish (5) 30 Polish slattern produces cosh (7) 31 The Spectator perhaps, with acceptable method of investigation (7) 35 Section of column liveried lad fails to finish (4) 36 Eighty Arne works broadcast again (5) 37 Valiant male, one in Homer in retreat (6) 39 Most empty machineguns may be here (7) 40 Latin reassembled aged insect parts (7) 41 Old musician from Spain visiting chaps in Germany (13)   Down 2 Capone loses face after bribing old fellow (5) 3 Tense parrot soaring in Alpine district (5) 4 Rhino no longer somewhere in Africa (6) 5 I deny ruler snubbed monarch heading north (7) 6 In America blessed pasty sustains temple (7) 7 Benin houses grandee at great cost (6) 10 On the right, one outstanding table! (10) 13 Eminently set to music, a pair of lyrics (7) 15 Eddy at party is comfortable (8, doubly hyphened) 18 What may follow top hit by a pop wind duo (10) 19 Jazz fans turning censor in musical direction (8) 22 Hearse possibly bearing David’s body (7) 26 Relatives like going round playing horns I tune (7) 28 Type of vertebrate treated in a tome (7) 29 Markets offering Israeli bread (and English) (6) 30 Box of spinach with fish (6) 32 Mendicants frequently group before climbing palm tree (5) 33 Leader of England in cricket (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 24 August.

2469: Breadth

Thursday

16 Jul 2020
Pabulum

2466: Gender bender

Clockwise round the grid from 11 run, in chronological order, the titles (7,7,7,9,2,8,2,10) of five works by an author whose original name was 25/40/5/16. Solvers must shade the two clued lights that give the author’s nom de plume. Twenty-five special clues contain a definition and a concealed letter mixture of the light. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 9 Tree beasts sun sautés (5) 10 Isle your aunt owns (5) 11 Janitor opening doors (5) 12 Vigorous shepherd half missing jazz (7, two words) 13 Rum patriarch shares (6, two words) 14 Needling drummer that’s nailing very loud clash (6) 20 Too tired to slalom (4) 21 Wear a space helmet (4) 22 Irish princess into drink alone in Paris (6) 24 Bream surpasses salmon (4) 27 Godiva’s got clothes! (5) 28 Miry chief washes kit (5) 29 Harrow reveals ability (4) 31 Girl from Norway roped by climber (6) 33 Drink chicken’s blood (4) 36 King daily on throne (4) 38 Trooper tests flag (5) 39 Gangster knocked dogmatic pair of G-men out (6) 43 Ailment Marie treated in Ukraine (7) 44 Lead RAF display unit (5) 45 All enraged men row (5) 46 Bread fair maid ate (5)   Down 1 Island has no airport (4) 2 Surgical probe in heart of Paul, Tim’s twin (7) 3 Hot geek undressed (4) 4 Jack tar misses sun (he works inside) (6) 6 Queen departs riding a capital chariot (8) 7 Can puritans strip? (5) 8 Vassal’s tenure not quite useful baron varied (6) 15 Applause Alec takes (5) 17 I love to lunch after one (6) 18 Tug HRH launched (4) 19 Guinea abandoned close to tree in canyon (6) 23 My mate hates spinach (5) 26 Handsome smooth me (4) 30 Side muscle Lear ricked (7) 32 Composer nips about in secret (6) 34 Rue wasting energy in permissive areas (6) 35 Orator in Colombia defending hitman? (6) 37 Trees in elmiest wood (5) 41 Psalm a monk sang (4) 42 Opening tawny port (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 3 August.

2466: Gender bender

Thursday

4 Jun 2020
Pabulum

2460: Sleaze

The same word appears as seven headwords in Chambers. Unclued lights (including two pairs and one of three words, one of two) indicate the meaning of six of them. The word (4) will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded. Across 9 Half-dead ryot’s thirsty (4)11 Fit PM adopts Latin not a little (10) 14 Tiring trek from Jamaica by cat less ordinary (6) 17 Very laid back mature Amerind (5) 18 Discoloured hat shared by half a dozen (5) 20 Japanese art school, one following old watercolourist (7) 21 Let outside, Paul (not inside) limped (7) 23 Movement Jack Sprat embraces (7) 25 Lady C cycling, no longer clothed (5) 27 Woman pinches my underwear to get gorgeous for poet (7) 30 Elsie’s developed special plants (7) 32 Round fool is fat (7) 36 Horsefeathers on chestnut bird? (5) 37 Swinger pulls lecturers in French uni (5) 38 Water aged fruit tree (6) 39 Temple mirrored Australian tree (4) 40 Damp regulator in classy skirt is tense wearing sou’wester? (10) 41 Excoriated poet’s language (4) Down 1 Divine piece of music (5) 2 A pope less than courteous (5) 3 Community silent uncle leaves, let out to lunch (6) 4 Florist handles this rock band (5) 6 African beverage Scotsman had first (7) 7 Nona and I twice swim in sea (6) 8 See eighth of gamblers end in abject poverty (9) 13 Uprush of fishes rowdy youth precipitated (7) 15 Disliked German boxed bareknuckled (8) 19 Struggle of sapper with fish (8) 21 Norwegian rafter, English lead: parts of roof young Harry had restored (9) 22 City do, right in Berlin (7) 26 Eager DD sins disgrace (7) 28 Medium hotel dodges most desirable compulsory check (7, two words) 29 Cryptic type imagines peeled bananas (6) 31 Northern bluish-grey fish traverses loch (6) 34 Lass from Bordeaux slimmed (5) 35 Exorcist stalks across Spain (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 June.

2460: Sleaze

Thursday

14 May 2020
Pabulum

2457: Beginning

Unclued lights (including one of two words) suggest a section of a sequence whose final member will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded. Across 1 Theseus at last goes in to batter brute (5)4 Crossed children’s author dogged by pressman (9)9 Alkaloids exist with the smell of ale (almost) (10)11 Head king some laird raved about (5)12 Screech from awful person rebuffed and upset (7)14 Positive aristo shows a prized example (5)21 Shallow type has leak outside (8, hyphened)22 Old statesman once closer to HM and earl (7)24 Number on high old headland (4)25 Colour one neglected bus shelter (4)27 African leaders are sharks indeed (7)28 Where sailors go with soldiers in toppers (8)34 Classy youth taken round special estates (5)35 German system adopts horologist’s measure (5)37 Particular sailor nearly always interrupts (7)39 Certain believers no one man is shaking (10)40 Imaginary lines very present in Iceland (9)41 Mountain pass sustains live jujube tree (5) Down 2 Spike Spencer, possibly a sycophant (6)3 Caprine creatures aboard ship tolerated capsizing (6)4 Force detains baron for a month (6) 5 Arab artist binds book (4) 7 Souvenir from priest visiting Taiwan (5)8 Among initiates I see temptresses (8)10 Ten copiers editor kept initially damaged furniture (13, two words) }13 Bemoan without end poor aged protozoa (7)15 Chap rings about American shrub (6)17 News groups in America anger upset (6)18 Weapons scotched snakes (6) 20 Research checking established cures (6)23 Sportspersons with yen for fine benders (8)26 Ancient uncle conceals scheme to get on board (7)29 Languorous feelings of unionist in Irish town (6)30 Marsh-gas topped another one (6)31 Shifty louse has children (but no sons) (6)32 Flying-boats in shallow creek (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 1 June.

2457: Beginning

Saturday

4 Apr 2020
Pabulum

2451: Cretinous

Unclued lights are anagrams of ten of a kind. Elsewhere, ignore an accent. Across 9 A model cure fixed skin condition (10)14 Lass bumpkin snubbed (3)16 Prisoner saves rodent a piece of crust (6)17 Found tree blocking highway (5)18 Baseballer’s innings in Somerset city curtailed (5, hyphened)20 Sliding in dicky part of church (7) 22 Having two hubbies is boring – having one also (7)24 G-man always escorting English commando (7)25 Maybe elders and betters relaxed with TB eliminated (5)26 Bare mountain-top, that is to say a high mountain (5)28 Gent checked fine brandless product (7)31 Nobleman with almost green clothes (7)33 Catkin’s Australian? Ridiculous! (7) 39 Port from Ireland in tins (6) 40 Female provides no sons (3)41 Writ perturbed racier trio (10)42 Hireling peeled bananas in outcrop (6) Down 1 Certain adults jogged over thirty miles (13, hyphened) 2 No end of plants evolving lushly with pods (5)3 Sheep dash after active man (6)4 Range of curtains initially proposed for academy (5) 6 Tom permitted something to eat (7) 7 Trees in quarries (6)8 Girondist’s goose (4)12 Scientific rep differentiated between species (13)13 Posh nanny caught in gum tree (8)19 Cracks in a certain ship lead to sinking (9, hyphened)21 She nuked brash blade (8, hyphened) 23 Aristos attendant always interrupts (7) 27 Type of cross at the right place close to church (7)29 Uplifted chap sharing rice cake (6) 32 Heartless mophead caused injury being a gorilla? (6)34 Gossip about Italian girl (5)35 Immense expanse of acne getting treatment (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 20 April.

2451: Cretinous

Saturday

14 Mar 2020
Pabulum

2448: Issues

Four pairs of unclued lights (17/5, 22/27, 29/31 and 8/26) form anagrams of the titles (one hyphened, three of three words) of novels by an author whose name is clued without definition. Across 1 Apportioning silver crooked nursemaid pinched (11)7 Being in French city without local friend (3)11 Sickness in Vermont and Maine infected America (6)13 Ducks landed in a little corner of rock (7)15 Opening of Turin Trocadero (5)16 Charlie and Oscar wolf down shellfish (5)18 Classy cripple backing pilgrimage (5)20 King and queen escorted outside stone partition (6)21 Place hard to reach in a westerly republic (5)30 To some extent I vote against taking a wife (6, three words)32 Mac’s nimble women in bed (5) 34 Hot rich bread one left abandoned (6)36 Wee grandchild creating firework (5)37 Bird bit grasping lecturer (5)38 Retiring under pressure, tenor sacked becomes less kindly (7)39 Spot dotty Ena reversing car (6)40 Rabbit spinach repelled (3)41 Shocked old German senses singular immorality (11) Down 1 Since walking Thorpe Bay endlessly, I dread going out (10) 2 Abuse of whisky – rector laced tea! (8)3 Rough fabric ruffled Rasta prince (9)4 Vet announced cuckoo is outside the contract (12)6 Corruption crooked band still gets right (8)7 Run outside (5) 9 Gloomy American elk crosses river (6)10 County loses self-confidence (5)12 Showy flower ogre kept out of sight (6)14 Good home smitten with plague taking constant medicine (12) 19 Nasty corners: ten collisions (10)21 Arab becomes due for payment for motor parts (9)23 In Hertfordshire town goat doesn’t begin bellowing (8)24 Set of steps containing a little zeolite (8)25 Georgia has to know Frenchman (6)28 Jewel thieves and I almost unite (6)33 We shall start to solve (5)35 Corps in wet place constructing shelter (4) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 30 March.

2448: Issues

Saturday

1 Feb 2020
Pabulum

2442: Don’t nod

Eight unclued lights are of a kind with the 3 of the 30. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across 1    Nick is sound (5) 10    Category containing almost pure red rose (rambling) (10) 11    Universal spirit and life-force in Chinese city (6) 14    Lass did it, backed not by Pabulum (5) 15    Bill brightened retired lady (5) 16    Indian mister covering unit in cloth of gold (6) 22    Aquatic type once linked with deep loch (8, two words) 23    Sorry forbears abjuring foxtrot where heretics died (7) 24    Sink holding very little liquid (4) 27    Maybe Falstaff’s not effective (7) 29    Frank cross about unrestricted immigration (8, two words) 32    In central Greece Luke rattled old tin (6) 34    One rating Timon’s cave? (5) 35    The unordained set about rumpy-pumpy (5) 37    Disease sick Mackenzie spares kin (6) 38    Southpaws succeeded in sporting trials close to Olympics (10) 40    Whale snubbed strange fishing-net (5)   Down 1    Student’s tool ground log perhaps (10) 2    Some music is pretentious – no energy and ordinary (5) 5    Drop in and hoot ludicrous dinosaur (10) 6    Spider born in a storm (7) 7    Spiritual stronghold (5) 8    Ado with humans fighting fools (9) 9    Raced with athletic prince (4) 13    Popular wartime nurses Edgar attacked (7) 17    Craftsman William follows about and cheers gangster (10) 19    Still like peas in a pod? (10, three words) 20    Germ in cake mater stupidly keeps (9) 21    Fairy mostly hiding in primary school (6) 26    Nasty odalisque lacking quality and veneration (7) 28    Peter nurses Romeo and Mike (born early) (7) 31    First class family set about criminals (5) 33    Fish is an unattractive thing (5) 34    The first man Ms Lovelace married (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 17 February.

2442:  Don’t nod

Thursday

9 Jan 2020
Pabulum

2439: More nuts

‘10/17’ give the first three words of a statement (in ODQ) made by a famous 48/21. His works include 1A/23D (four words in total) and The 44. His forename is the remaining unclued light; the puzzle’s title suggests his surname. The fourth word (hyphened) of the statement will appear diagonally in the grid and must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 8    Reckless prince linked with hot spots (4) 11    A big bell? It’s tiny (4) 13    Mayday rowdy raucousness Senegal banned (9, two words) 14    Women urge on Dickensian villain (4) 16    Start backing Ulster banking system (6) 19    Men disturbing parrot in broken country (5) 20    Horse I wrapped in cloth for Arabs (5) 22    Children American miss trained to make connections (7) 23    Stableman or woman docking pony’s tail (3) 24    Pindar’s letter rebuffed endless jargon (4) 26    Line in puzzling poetry is hypothetical stuff (7) 27    Togo curbs lurid suggestion (5) 28    Asian king meets HM the Queen (5) 30    Cushioned seat for over ten thousand (7) 33    Wonky adult bird with no neck (4) 35    Hospital in Kilmarnock or Balaclava (3) 36    One rebukes heartless lady with fury (7) 40    Beak’s set about US city hospital (5) 41    Enzyme around in George Sand (5) 42    Brazier beginning to heat the world (6) 43    Dissolute bard is imprisoned (4) 45    County’s chief magistrate runs off (4) 46    Maybe spruce old actor (4) 47    Crop from unknown meadow that’s less fine (5)   Down 1    Abandoned old guitar (5) 2    Tree cut down by Lowry? (5) 3    No Scots try crossing an Asian city (6) 5    Whence whisky I murder (5) 6    Dictionary’s no toy exotically edited (7) 7    Metal and gold coffin for Richard III? (7) 9    Game bores irritable merchant (6) 12    Good sort with framework for punishing IT pest (11, two words) 15    Get host renewing poor quarters (7) 18    Imam with nous performing express medical test (11) 25    Hero in misery wearing slip upside down (7) 29    Never rockets attempt what Apollo 11 achieved (7, hyphened) 31    Playful grandchildren big book enthrals (7) 32    Tossing pancake Kay demolished small pastry (6) 34    Move day for duke to dissect water plant (6) 37    Woman, 46, bully left (5) 38    Dull sloth in conifer (5) 39    Some have no malice or spite (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 January.

Thursday

7 Nov 2019
Pabulum

2433: House and garden

Across unclued lights (one of two words) combine with down ones to suggest the surnames of four famous English painters; the puzzle’s title suggests the name of a fifth. The fifth letters of these names form STARS. Elsewhere, ignore three accents.   Across 11    Leading soldier and cardinal are to stick together (6) 13    Uncouth William cycling and looking hot (7, hyphened) 15    Subdued headgear suited no bureaucrat (5) 16    Hard and weird rug one dumped (5) 17    Like a mountain canteen, high but not cold (6) 18    Fantastic seaweed Beehive State imported (5) 20    Storehouses menials almost step inside (6) 21    Antibiotic in favour with Curie (5) 22    Darling on land a little tar cuddled (7) 27    Support punk clown (7) 32    Judge unknown in coastal city (5) 34    Mac’s poodles turned silly onboard ship (6) 36    Dowager in see-through item rejecting knight? (5) 37    Here’s an idea: clear Irkutsk immediately (5, two words) 38    Finally awaken American lass using hooter (7) 39    Guard criminal from escaping (6) 40    Ex-PM married a Yankee (3) 41    Iris ran from unruly Franciscans (11, two words)   Down 1    Cooks guzzling cider botched wedding fare (10) 2    Development of next oily plastic (8) 3    Raconteurs rant and roar spoiling end of stories (9) 4    MOs mind poor aide poorly (12, two words) 5    Pot improved flower (7, two words) 6    Listener keeps it turned up for more sound (8) 7    Player embraced by Young America (5) 8    Positive plugs for cricket gear (4) 10    A worker’s caught absorbed in reading-book (5) 12    Desolate cobbler possibly missing one of a pair (6) 14    MP reoriented lost emigrant (12) 21    Gnome with cash ordered dress from China (9) 23    Workers in France don’t strike (8, two words) 25    Drudges retaining European accents (6) 26    Bad Nazi infiltrates cuckoo councillors (7) 28    Bloke reduced woman as Heep did (6) 31    Rover film star Matt reversed (5) 33    Speaker doesn’t begin to hector (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 25 November.

Thursday

17 Oct 2019
Pabulum

2430: Petite traveller

19 October marks a milestone (hinted at by 19/26/20) for a person whose real forenames are given by 1A (three words). The other unclued lights (including two of two words, one being a toponym) suggest the titles of four of his works while the puzzle’s title suggests the title of a fifth. His real surname is clued without definition and must be shaded.   Across 10    Old characters bash around poor boxer (5) 11    Lass that Victor cuddled regularly once (6) 12    Bill spent time with dandy (7) 14    Less advanced babes swimming in sinks (4) 17    Fieldwork soldiers distrust (7) 22    Beetle bisected by our fancy woman (5) 23    I malign dreamers godless in action (7) 24    Half of item Oscar Bach composed (5) 33    Crackpot so reverse of fine (5) 34    Newborn of note in London borough (7) 36    Fiat in proper condition (5) 37    Cardinal astride special hack? (7) 39    Rushing down rocky hill no old Tirolean tumbled (10) 42    Shape of office to the left (4) 43    Tufted bluebottle probes Malaysian dish (7) 44    Twit almost crushing institute’s ornamental metalwork (6) 45    Anonymous short song, apparently Indian music (5)   Down 1    Ugliness of vicious cage-birds bishop released (8) 2    Marble entrance area upstairs (5) 3    Earnest wishes of very ordinary solicitor (4) 4    Grand sash girds elevated African (4) 5    Gold coin a nut dipped in gravy (7) 6    Stellar quintet finally play in hell (6) 7    Times of day tick attacks (8) 8    Acceptable table installed inside (7) 9    Serena declining to dry up for poet (6) 13    Theme of Lessing’s first famous novel (5) 15    Fraudulent Tories emptied kitty (7, hyphened) 18    Gold lace enhanced Sibyl (6) 25    Drinking, pass round cheese sandwiches (8, hyphened) 27    Salt spring (8) 28    Remove plaits from bird Una styled (7) 30    Peeled fruit is fruit (5) 31    River Bob goes up (3) 32    Electra condemned schmaltz (7) 34    Bury nurse beside medic (6) 35    Romantic affair imbecile curtailed (6) 38    Smart Alec’s weight (5) 40    Dominicans with anguish gutted fish (4) 41    Old man employing two helpers (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 November.

Thursday

5 Sep 2019
Pabulum

2424: Poem V

1A (four words) and 44 (four words) are quotations from the first verse of a poem (in ODQ). Five remaining unclued lights are examples of 1A, while 44 might be a comment on the other four. The poet’s initials will appear upwards in the completed grid and must be shaded.   Across 9    Food for bugs (4) 11    Bishop’s dress Mo (with iron hoop) reshaped (10) 12    Some armour not belonging to us (4) 14    Old plastic sheet for revolting cat (6) 17    Fine duke with yen for sailing boat (5) 18    Laptop may exhibit this virus, certainly when zilch gets stored (5) 20    I may cut Native American snubbed by king and queen (7) 21    Rope fat cuckoo ingested (7) 24    Old dance John modified a lot (7) 25    Strong person, pure in speech (5) 31    Open country surrounded by huge trees (7) 34    Jog or have a drink? (7) 40    Soprano is cooking with hot pickles (6) 41    Old lady repelled fine shark (4) 42    Cursing manager evenly broad and blue (10) 43    Other part of Chelsea (4)   Down 1    Rascal sewed old clothes (5) 4    Difficult king turned out smart (5) 5    Settle before a meal with meat (7) 7    Charily canine dodges strange man (or woman) (6) 10    Lizards chief officer traps in the morning (5) 15    Blotto Belorussian leaves bar and escapes (8) 16    Ordinary insect bored by chestnut tree (6) 19    Pirates dashed south for pieces of eight (8) 21    Lump starts to opine randomly – hear wild OTT gabbling! (9) 22    City clumsy thesp’s playing Lear in (7) 23    Top dance (6) 27    Voter finally flips replica coin perhaps (7) 29    Africans in a tumbledown home talking (7) 30    Betrothed no longer, poor Frieda Farthing dumps Romeo (6) 32    Dresses from Arabia Rachel has (6) 33    With change of heart Welshman quits (5) 35    Doomed to receive cut grass (5, two words) 36    Towards the ceiling I behold very old mouldings (5) 37    Remove pin from new uniform got up by Maggie (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 September.

Thursday

15 Aug 2019
Pabulum

2421: Tina

‘40/37/1A’, as he has been called, was born in 28 (two words) and died in 30/36. He was a reluctant ‘guest’ at 16’s twenty-seventh birthday party. 22 and 40 combine to form an anagram of the name of one of his works, while the puzzle’s title suggests the name of another. His surname appears as a clued light and must be shaded.   Across 5    English poet has women quite turned on (6) 9    Passing vet can see ninety bats (10) 14    Rex’s hairdo (3) 17    Dutch archbishop pirouetting in formal garb (5) 18    Film star Peter upset a swashbuckling one? (5) 20    Backward journo needling woke Oscar winner? (7) 24    Chapel snubbed old stargazer (7) 25    Roman coins careless actuaries cast away (5) 26    Independent artist hoarding books within (5) 31    Group of plants starts to attract large toucan and eagle (7) 33    Amateur manoeuvre is uncoordinated (7) 38    Decision about lunar area (5) 39    Cotton yarns (fifty inches) (6) 41    Gloomy chap gripped by vile narcotic (10) 42    Lord vexed Indian city (6)   Down 1    Silly hat Curie reshaped in Montessori’s style (13) 2    Scholar cut chatter (5) 3    Language of big buzzing city – fine words mostly (6) 4    Charlie in Tom’s carriage (5, hyphened) 6    Athletic Samoan rhino always climbing watchtower (7) 7    Aristos edging round quondam louts (6) 8    Slave personnel regularly ignored (4) 10    Zap a green bug (6) 11    Holes in supertanker natural killer’s left sabotaged (9) 12    Further release revealed nicer playing (13) 13    Waistcoat fabric popular among gents? (8) 15    Ponder anew about wasted krona (7) 19    Watch over mobile stomatic thing (9, two words) 21    Girl chewed orange peel GP binned (8) 23    Seaside town featuring pond with big boat on it (7) 27    Tapir doesn’t finish stick insects it eats (7) 29    Machines I’m out mending in exchange for money (6) 32    Military show pony (6) 34    Fruit some opsomaniac keeps (5) 35    Right whale circles island (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 September.

2421: Tina

Thursday

4 Jul 2019
Pabulum

2415: The limit

1A (hyphened) suggests a word which, with changes to its 7D 33, becomes the four other words (including a name) suggested by the remaining unclued lights (including a pair). The word will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded.   Across 7    Outburst of song from tailor (3) 11    Lid of fryer accepted by mummy (6) 13    Hooters spoiling film again (7) 15    Central Zanzibaris run out and kiss in Scottish district (5) 16    George papers hypothetical surface (5) 17    Pip causing endless messes (6) 18    Lass returning for important date (5) 20    Pump supplying priest and townie (6) 21    British monarch embedding one shrub (5) 29    Girl in rage biting nurse (5) 30    What misanthrope has prickly pears? (6) 32    Valjean’s hound abandoned by Jack Parry (5) 34    Regular couple of chaps (6) 36    Yellow parrot crosses broken country (5) 37    More untrained troops fighting back (5) 38    College journalist rang (7) 39    Highest point of moulding on retired fort (6) 40    Decrepit friar avoids trouble (3)   Down 1    Raging valet in Ripon burst blood vessel (10, two words) 2    Ensign continued having island to protect (8) 3    Trendy old copper recently into graft (9) 4    Wavy sheen on standard works of art (12) 5    Dog indeed chewed plant (7) 6    Did rabbit, turning reddish brown, breed liberally? (8) 8    Words of book bound by Rechabite (4) 9    Foot soldiers numberless Citroën transported (6) 12    Georgia kicked about like Titus? (6) 14    Gent toying with episodic darlings (12, hyphened) 19    Modern compère dies (10, hyphened) 21    Bastard involved mad Miles in crazy stuff (9) 23    Unusually nice and true pale grey (8) 24    Cap to wear with fleece (8) 25    Chef’s first recipe needs one big tub for stock (6) 26    Parasites displaying amazon-stone muddled man’s lost (7) 28    Tramp nearly married drunk (6) 35    Tramp — a type of boat (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 July.

2415:  The limit

Thursday

13 Jun 2019
Pabulum

2412: Transponders

It is the centenary of a daring feat. Unclued lights (two of two words) include two surnames, two locations (two pairs) and the aptly positioned name of a key item (a pair). Ignore an apostrophe.   Across 1    Matronage almost outraged Lily (8) 6    Appear briefly and go quietly (4) 12    Toolmaker out of Alaska playing musical device (7) 14    Pot of water bishop dropped (3) 15    Who’s there in support keeping goal? (8) 17    Some fear the dirt (5) 18    Saint introduces tiny cardinal to honey (7) 19    Extended family with Chinese aunts and uncles primarily (6) 22    Brilliant back passed the ball (3) 27    Peg West loves Denys Crook (9, two words) 29    To outtalk everyone else is extreme (9) 31    Denials from head in speech (4) 32    Miss X ignored Balanchine when dancing (7) 35    A few soldiers dumping earth in old shaft (3) 38    Inferior trinket on hire? (6) 40    Doctor enters meadows which aren’t ploughed (7, hyphened) 42    Lass tense in deficient canoe (5) 43    The Bard’s twin turned corrupt and profaner (8) 44    Chaps endlessly drink (3) 45    Clowns astride African asses (7) 47    Former head leaves Britain (4) 48    Blue patients beginning to seize up (8)   Down 2    Inky art works are ridiculous (10) 3    Wrong one’s twisted (7) 4    Snap of German war artist (5) 5    Siberian tree swelling inside (6) 6    Antebellum sportswear tinkers toss out (6, hyphened) 7    Port Doc still imbibes (5) 8    Joy’s squint (4) 11    People boxed on business  a trying job? (8, two words) 16    Character maybe copper removes outside (3) 19    Ropy raw material a mate ditched in northern borough (6) 20    Newsgroups in the States reflected anger (6) 21    Hospital equipment may need bit renewed (10, two words) 24    Hyperion’s girl nameless a very long time (3) 26    Unlucky Ozzie crook G-man takes in (8, hyphened) 28    Camel underdone in Mac’s cooker (3) 30    Two ignorant bigots join associate for fodder (7) 33    Deny famous prison lets women go (6) 36    Siamese fish (3) 39    Like certain kings losing power soon (5) 41    Very unpleasant beetle we zapped (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 1 July.

2412: Transponders

Thursday

2 May 2019
Pabulum

2406: Heptad

Clockwise round the grid from 6 run the names (9,5,7,6,8,7,8) of the leading members of a group. The unchecked and corner letters could make SILVER INVENTORS RUN AROUND and 18 is an anagram of the group’s name (two words). An English version of the name (two words) the group gave to a seminal work will appear diagonally in the completed grid and must be shaded. Ignore one accent.   Across 9    Stunner somersaults with worried screech (7) 10    Work encapsulating dry painter’s charm (7) 11    Dancing display (skipping tango, of course) (4) 13    Letter to the Hebrews in honour of religion (6) 15    Enzyme with round shape? No chance! (5) 17    Pop’s shrinking (3) 19    Lovely soul secure in fantasy world (9) 20    Snake studied in extended state (7) 22    Busy hôtel-Dieu finally excised organ (8, two words) 23    Twerp is backing protest (5, hyphened) 24    Sister reserves afternoon time for old relative (5) 26    Tissue wrapping polled poison plant (8) 29    Is cutting wind special around Nutmeg State? (7) 32    Bad children catching ball in galleries (9) 34    Expert swimmer, reverse of unskilful (3) 36    Enthusiasm of top musician mummy shunned (5) 37    Bats hate neon gas (6) 38    Place a great many talked about (4) 39    Restaurant contains tree with climbing plant (trimmed) (7) 40    Hostellers rallied without her in town halls (7)   Down 1    Child quite upset coming to steppes (6) 2    No Scots sharing trumpet of silver (5) 3    Part of plant people note (6) 4    Co-diners demanding dog’s dinner (4) 5    Shirt with panache, old president brought over (7) 7    Musketeer hosts most excellent functions (7, hyphened) 8    Licentiate with gold carriage (6) 12    Spanish lady kept secret seaweed (7) 14    Russian lass houses a thousand dwellers in boats (6) 16    Poet’s love-song is bright, involving alto and tenor (8) 18    Very fair lady, oddly brainless, runs away (8) 21    MCPs live in central Russia (7) 22    Batter funny little drum (6) 25    Ancient bird and another two start to sing (7) 27    Unfinished places beside river in Swiss town (7) 28    Chap almost hurt sectarian (6) 30    Name of female I see (6) 31    Soup’s constant lover (6) 33    Extremely strong pickle, we hear (5) 35    Sportspersons try climbing (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 20 May.

2406: Heptad

Thursday

11 Apr 2019
Pabulum

2403: Hexad

The second and fourth letters of six unclued lights (defined by surplus single words in six clues) form a set whose name is cryptically suggested by the remaining pair.   Across 1    Acknowledged 500 vatu due (6) 5    Raptors seek rats chandler set free (8) 10    Seabird collecting books about one UK fleet? No way! (14, four words) 11    Fellow has our love (4) 16    Poet’s winter? He lodges in Mauritius (5) 19    Lass interrupts stock debate (marathon) (9) 20    Clan conceals one huge cuttle-bone (7) 23    Dizzy top-sawyer with no head for aerial lifts (8) 25    Units succeeded led by very old soldier (5) 30    Parodist metal track bears (7) 33    Maybe king, queen and knave obstructed predator (9) 35    Villain’s evil (3) 37    US novelist displays synthetic sheep’s head (5) 38    Sprinkler getting shy lunatic soaking (6) 39    Greek island dodged by right whale (4) 40    Messages absurdly remote and clinical (14, two words) 41    Dull author’s oppressive influence (8, two words) 42    Novelist peppers Hemingway cycling? (6)   Down 2    Bawling tenor Viceroy of India’s sacked (12) 3    No place for paddling piscivore (5) 4    Composer’s seen new company computer (6) 5    Sage loses heart early (4) 6    Dancing topless frau and partner thus enjoy music (7) 7    Nut stuck in Vatican City? (7) 8    Ambassador from Chad priest receives (6) 9    Seychelles clique journo needled (8) 12    Crawled faster than most with a universal nappy? (7) 14    Place to wait and bet on occasion (8) 15    Synthetic substance freaky six pioneered (12, two words) 18    Bad, almost dire, poets whined in colonnaded place (8) 21    Sterile fish taking thirty days to get caught (7) 26    Festival made by that outside function (7) 28    Cardinal as military hero (7) 29    Water or wine with underdone chop? (6, two words) 31    End of something malign (6) 32    Whisper with thief when tailed (6)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 29 April.

2403: Hexad

Thursday

28 Feb 2019
Pabulum

2397: Obit V

We recently lost a fine 13, whose legacy includes 10 (two words) and 9 (two words), and four other unclued lights (including one of two words and a pair). A further two unclued lights combine with a clued one to give an anagram of the 13’s name (two words); the clued light must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 6    Hussies cooked no English dishes (6) 12    Liberal started gobbling bananas (10, hyphened) 14    Musicians once in depression about dead uncle (7) 15    Made ordinary valuer happy with digs (10) 16    Revolting hymn snubbed by a Swedish city (7) 22    Pleasantness of little woman having Spike back (7) 23    Inattentive fellow cut fellow (4) 26    Elected judges found in the underworld (7) 30    African swaggered when speaking (4) 31    Docked dog shut up for supporting Richard III? (7) 34    Some blaring brass (4) 36    Icebox ox had transported north (7) 38    Thankless maniac large and unfit (10) 39    Where there’s cotton hidden in outskirts of Grimsby (7) 40    Brand new material (5) 41    Trustee being of use and working hard (10) 42    Valentine possibly with poison poetry! (6) 43    Less subdued is life with rash criminal (8)   Down 2    Held only child with love across Spain (8) 3    Balmoral’s ducks aristos heard (5) 4    Blueness nearly spoiled wavy mouldings (7) 5    Country workers spurning my good soil (7) 6    Greeting from Lapp welcoming Bert (6) 7    No longer scorn emblem First State adopted (6) 8    Chardin’s images of fish — French art (5) 11    Parent and sib upset another clan member? (9) 18    Insects have short lifetime (5) 19    Mole, insectivore primarily, getting dinner of shrubs (9) 21    Writer or two the wagon conveys (5) 25    Flowers came up covering one acre (8) 29    Woman using car in Sri Lanka and Austria (7) 32    Constant knight keeping buffalo in African village (6) 33    Sacred writings from rising French author not about us (6) 35    Lass that’s cuckoo and not quite moral (5) 37    Cry from hill top tenor emitted (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 March.

2397: Obit V

Thursday

7 Feb 2019
Pabulum

2394: Opening time

The first three or four letters of eight unclued lights (including one proper name) form a set said to be safe for 1A. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 10    Sauce that will do OK for Frankfurters (4) 12    Sea-fishers lent warmer pants (10) 14    Upset goddess upset menial (3) 15    Departed by rail, oddball with excrescence (8) 17    Some covet nasty heating vessels (5) 19    Shaping demo we echoed Tom (6) 22    Change national registration of judge and convict (6) 24    Soldier meets soldiers in cave (5) 27    OED founder new viral flu infected (9) 29    Farm cottage’s metal barrier (5) 31    Chap spun a hat in silky cloth (6) 36    Dramatist in a certain southern county (7) 38    Tree Chris duly stripped (5) 39    Police raid a lane and toil hard (8, three words) 40    In case of emergency, to kill is cool (3) 41    Republic old PM with yellow parrot crosses (10, two words) 42    Smell in Denver of dung-beetle (4)   Down 2    Truer fonts transformed WP operation (10, two words) 3    Most of newspaper board like their business premises (7) 4    Riled seven harangue (5) 5    What in USA Pullman created in salmon, Spanish poet wears (9, two words) 6    Avenues each with trees twice polled (6) 7    Age of goddess (5) 8    Bear gang caught (4) 9    Devious Eva Blue — real name not for divulging (12) 16    Can of Martini (3) 20    Democratic point of view creating swing (6) 21    Can oriole start to uproot wild water plants? (10) 23    Aleurites evolved without hurrying (9, two words) 25    Honest worker engaged had skived off! (8) 30    Wedding breakfast with this would be unusual meal (6) 32    Ruminant pundit abandons ancient city for Norway (3) 33    Move faster carrying stone in former exploit (5) 35    Worried councillor has to provide food (5) 37    Instrument cockney tramp heard (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 25 February.

2394:  Opening time

Thursday

6 Dec 2018
Pabulum

2388: Sea rocket

‘12/15’ (six words in total) is a quotation (in ODQ) suggested by the remaining unclued lights (two hyphened), whose fifth and sixth letters might give A NUN AMBROSIA. The surname of the quotation’s author will appear diagonally in the completed grid and must be shaded.   Across 1    Scots bike across district in region round Israel and Arabia (8, two words) 9    Dour cretin upset MC (10) 14    Soldiers caught by sea-monster (3) 17    German cities Chinese judge snubbed (5) 18    Council is unknown to drop a clanger (5) 20    Scholars and priests having island for golf (7) 22    The Bard scrutinizes less English baskets (7) 24    Bobby missing Copenhagen, writhing in hell (7) 25    Scottish resort that’s a high spot? (5) 26    Dish Matilda cooked I’d put away (5) 28    Gang, say, with grand pension pot? (7, two words) 31    Lois mad about male Turk of Turkey (7) 33    Multinational got a letter from Greece (7) 37    Some local Gaelic wares (5) 38    Be an obligation of hero, bearing his second  (5, two words) 39    Angel of death lazaret endlessly confounded (6) 40    Soldier’s short hair (3) 41    Treat zinnia to an artificial dwarfing (10)   Down 1    One of the 23 chanting what Mike composed? (13, hyphened) 2    An award for lack of energy (5) 3    Once Earth twice exploded in a distant epoch (6) 4    Sun-god above, always rising (5) 6    Newts and salamanders united and annoyed US city (7) 7    Bimbo spilt energy drink (6) 8    Thick noodle from Japan embraces classy noble from Spain (4) 11    Beef over opening disparity between supply and demand (9, two words) 19    Remove dirty dishes etc and empty out (9, two words) 21    Stand stationary on one leg (8) 23    Dotty husbands who are often in (7) 27    Outside yard near Norman city, behold butterflies (7) 29    Inferior son a long time tending swine (6) 30    Lively tar out of bounds keeping hearts beating strongly (6) 32    Monkey with pain up leg (6) 34    Arm bones, excellent ones (5) 35    Top soldier starts to imbibe Islay spirits (5) 36    Important date Zulu breaks fetching biblical book (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 7 January.

2388: Sea rocket

Thursday

15 Nov 2018
Pabulum

2385: R and R

The theme is two historic people who were contemporaries. Unclued lights give their forenames, places of birth and death and occupations. A geographical feature (5) linking the two will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore an apostrophe. The solutions at 22 and 27 share the same two unchecked letters.   Across 4    Harmless wag recast an economic principle (11, two words) 11    Eating away, in love indeed with empty oarsman (7) 14    Sarah acquires seemingly good old watch (5) 16    Papa gets behind in river race (5) 19    Many ships fighting lass boards (7) 21    Strange duke whipped lasher (4) 24    Insect sting upset (4) 25    I’m inspiring liberal peer to house Amerind (7) 32    Roué playing bubbly music (7) 34    Astronomer loves radio telephony (4) 36    Rare mineral, very devil to screw in (7) 38    Note cruel tyrant cycling (4) 39    Muslim jurist nearly left after typical bigot advanced (7) 41    Poet’s place in heaven being Bluegrass State (5) 44    Plump little boys planted small tree (5) 47    Bertie twice has female flyer round for drink (7, two words)   Down 1    Eat, gobbling almost every item of food (7) 2    Kris possibly has use no longer for pebbled fabric (6) 3    Pole receiving second heart (5) 5    Thong emir’s worn (4) 6    Old aristo from Spain men start to like (4) 7    Holiday dresses – see-through? (7) 8    Slander involves brilliant colonel (murderer?) (7) 10    Grain harvest, one garnered by an Omani? (7) 15    Stunner shed tears … (5) 17    … when old Alun largely changed, becoming vegetative (7) 18    Person in need of P45 was this (4) 20    Plants spaniel destroyed (7) 22    Pater’s worried (3) 26    Larvae in river woman crosses (5) 27    Copy of recording tenor cut (3) 28    Sweet Patsy (4) 29    Hairstyle in fashion? Of course (7) 30    Letter consisting of note about chemical element (7) 31    Granny’s wonderful cotton cloth (7) 35    About fifteen tangled ropes (6) 37    Horlicks cross theologian imbibed (6) 40    Tunnel in Qatar leads to all nine air terminals (5) 42    Alto and treble perhaps make good (4) 43    Couple caught out bank (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 3 December.

2385: R and R

Thursday

4 Oct 2018
Pabulum

2379: Shocking

Eight headwords in Chambers consist of the same word. Unclued lights (including two trios and one doing double duty) give definitions of these headwords. The word will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded.   Across 5    End with cloudy sort of wine (7, hyphened) 10    Strappers said to break down (4) 12    Rod pranged caravan in Mexican city (10) 15    Scandinavian chap portrays meadow with tailless leporine rodent (6) 18    Greasy stuff’s turned Nicole Knight off (5) 19    Is Corn State Charlie related to goddess? (5) 21    A romance at sea being filmed (8, two words) 22    Despise duff component post office dispatched (7) 24    Gale almost squeezes oven into study again (7) 25    Tunic is accepted by ordinary Welshman … (5, two words) 26    … tea service he sent back (5) 29    Bird’s home is best abandoned if engulfed by pollutant (7, two words) 33    Kick champion duck killer (7, hyphened) 35    Fibres spread flu in intensive care unit (8) 42    Lass somersaulting over ditch (6) 44    Self-electing chap arrests angry patriot right away (10, hyphened) 46    Feelings of savage nomad where Nantwich lies (7) 47    Scoundrel Colombia expelled composed scores gently (7)   Down 1    John aboard special ship (5) 2    Japanese immigrant lives on whale (5) 3    Chilly Spike chewed licorice men rejected (6) 4    German oil company delivers gypsum (5) 5    One exhausting kitchen item? (7) 6    English murderer set up computer (5) 7    Lively lama cherishes African party game (7) 16    Footwear of boss in weird togs (8) 17    Cook raita entrances (5) 20    Dug within place for French chalk (8) 23    Removes folds from posh new DJ, we hear (7) 27    Old bread which is chewed again – very good crusts (5) 28    King’s scholar given award on Thursday (7) 30    Silent criminal has signs up (7) 31    Boot Mark starts to use, kicking leather, unnerving keepers (6) 32    Sequence from quaint rondo (6) 34    Homesteader and Irish author cycling (6) 36    Body parts of rubber North America imported (5) 37    At home family fill up with fluid substance (5, two words) 38    See a rising political party in secret intrigue (5) 39    Sad song from Tories? (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 October.

2379: Shocking

Thursday

13 Sep 2018
Pabulum

2376: Somewhere XI

On 15 September somewhere bordered by 31 and 5, and whose capital is 40/10 (ignore an accent), celebrates its 43 from 35. Its main exports are 36 and 19D and, unusually, it has no 1 (two words). Its IVR (2) appears downwards in the completed grid and must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.   Across 12    Dippy Irish auntie’ll like Bond’s boss’s name (10) 14    Plump and very well indeed (3) 15    Turning eighteen, Romeo is too theatrical (8) 17    Some unwill the sorry state of Ruskin (5) 18    Upper second from Leeds? (7) 19    Sing like Bing about Earl Jonathan’s hamper (6) 22    Fluttering organ-bird bypasses big old county (6) 24    Tom wears a new dickey (5) 26    Goblin rupturing in motion that’s painful (9) 27    Big beasts or game tamed by amateur in amusing afternoon (9) 29    What did ’ungry ’orseman do? Eat away (5) 34    No longer sanction parties being outside (6) 38    Leaf from tree I uprooted close to Germany (5) 39    Clumsy pacy horse overturned mega-rodent (8) 41    Decay in great oil Sisley painted, the French purged (10) 42    Heartless giant makes light gratin (4)   Down 2    Morose talk sickening craftsmen (10) 3    Remote spot goose put off visiting (7) 4    Vacuous opera about retiring rector (5) 6    Amenity in show study? (6) 7    Sad old master starts to take opium (5) 8    Prince catches unknown fish (4) 9    Gambling priest first combs devil’s books (12, two words) 11    Outside smelling cereal food plant (8) 13    Glaswegian forgets about fellow lass hugs (12) 16    Bag from Versace (3) 20    Snakes king caged with South African rhino (6) 21    Obsessive Asian caught carting Arab about (10) 23    Take path leading to large hall (9) 25    Capital girl making pasta (8) 28    Monarch leaving knight to scold Goneril (or Regan)? (7) 30    Weak girl almost collapsed (6) 32    Old lady hoards money from Bhutan or ditto from Greece (3) 33    Terriers on pitch scoring easy goal (5, hyphened) 37    Fruit from Maracaibo (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 1 October.

2376: Somewhere XI

Thursday

2 Aug 2018
Pabulum

2370: Problem XII

Fans of classic 12 will know that where ‘Q’ = ‘the number of’: Q26 x Q1D x (Q34 + [Q36D/5A x Q15D]) x Q14/20 = Q the puzzle. 14/20 is four words in total.   Across   1 Red vestment eastern compère retains (6) 10  Seeds of casaba once processed (10, two words) 11  Ruth from the East posed outside for painter (6) 15  Contralto with yen for bonbons (5) 16  Blissful Enid cycling in the City? (6) 22  Analyst’s father exactly mirrored John (8) 23  Quiet rivers fuel wells (7) 24  Crosses as decorations (4) 25  Criminal idle in old age (4) 27  Take a bath beside fellow washer (7, hyphened) 29  I make good veg with recipe embracing seaweed (8) 32  Very end of awful row (6) 35  Vessel carrying liquid has afternoon inside a Baltic port (5) 36  Rose Walker runs with author Eric (7) 37  Gossip too much about dye (6) 38  Thinner ray swimming in this sea? (10) 39  No king came down late (8) 40  Spaniard nurses raving mad snail (6)   Down   2  Bill presses followers to reform (5) 3  Broad-bladed knife that’s noble and grand (6) 4  Plant extract trainee Christian denied men (7) 5  Fire-shovel marmelized insects (10) 6  Restless dieters went off and smoked (7) 7  Popular almost incredible drug (5) 8  Barking loud, Oscar gave full worth in exchange (9, two words) 9  Some unsung star (3) 13  Most stupid prune sent up by silly set (7) 17  Fluxes in clownfish (skinned and pickled) (7) 18  Shifty patterer journo dealt with earlier (10) 19  Duke and lord rule by brute force (7, hyphened) 21  Pedigree pet Reagan trained (9) 28  Trachea you and I had a hospital probing (7) 30  Wander round station in alpine resort (6) 31  Prosperous type so long at the big house (5) 33  Reduced receptacle holding outstanding letters within (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 20 August.

2370: Problem XII

Thursday

12 Jul 2018
Pabulum

2367: When pigs fly

Five unclued lights form a quotation from a work concerning the 18 of 19, 15A and 23. The 18’s name will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded.   Across 4    Placidity of English queen nearing Ross and Cromarty town (9) 9    Dumb mimickings parish rioters bandied (10) 11    Old statesman from Burundi following woman around (5) 12    Fishy young goddess snubbed arriviste (7) 14    Refined gent eats over in the same place (5) 16    Classy hawk takes kip in Kelso (6) 21    People and prophet largely like a bunch of grapes (8) 22    What stimulates enthusiasm? (7) 24    Related little ladies stripped (4) 25    Mood of Loretta leaving Lima (4) 27    She’s left things in hospital ship Ireland bound (7) 28    Dutch artist improved deficient material (8) 33    Hireling skipping outside rocks and rocks (6) 34    One person’s unit (5) 37    Keyboard from Sri Lanka and about four from Germany (7) 38    Festival numberless knaves ruined (5) 39    Dance with sweetie and not twirling Elinor (10) 40    Brief exchange about unending rebel (9)   Down 1    No-show by most of idiot servants if chatting (13, hyphened) 2    Spinner puts out India in record time (6) 3    Headgear displayed by aristo apparently (6) 4    Shifting sand dunes worried worker (6) 5    Letter hack heard about (4) 6    American almost fanatical about coffee (7) 8    Pairing of dancing Pansy with sibling (8) 10    ‘Truer gherkins are pickled’ I protest (13, hyphened) 13    Bear nibbled cabbage outside reception room (7) 15    No good Hellene that’s smoked in Hawick (6) 17    Chapel beginning to obsess secret member (6) 20    Gallop through life (6) 26    They make good advanced cosmetics (7) 29    Musical works conductor listened to (6) 30    Small elephant’s gene (6) 31    Tom possibly close to divine goddess (6) 36    Struggle embedding new climber (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 30 July.

2367:  When pigs fly

Thursday

31 May 2018

Thursday

10 May 2018
Pabulum

2358: Poem IV

Unclued lights are words from a poem, its author and a relevant location. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across 7    Music like reggae from Saskatchewan (3) 11    Carriage policeman pulled over beside hedge (6) 13    Judge meets drug addict who’s declining (7) 15    Ionian cardinal crossing Iowa (5) 16    Strong pickle’s sound (5) 17    Seminary keeps beer for Arab? (6) 18    Woman is sickly Australian (5) 21    Colour of rock bordering river (5) 22    Thoroughly noble bard’s cap (7) 27    Cover of books French author penned (7) 29    Silent historian ignores us (5) 30    Funky river has aquatic beasts (6) 32    One round child with love for Mexican snack (5) 34    Curved shaft Athens developed (6) 38    Composer from Ocean State hiding very big crime (7) 39    Plant to get rid of smothering acres (6) 40    Chief officer once more not at home (3) 41    Lively gripping granny runs away with group of giants (11, three words)   Down 2    Fine apartment within court is swell (8) 3    Poet’s unfairness having snubbed girl with defect (9) 4    Old PM riled miners with second Durham talk? (12) 5    Tense husband wins disputes in Gretna (7) 6    Our flyer hyped up fine powder (8) 8    Ancient old woman with no daughter to frighten (4) 9    Jade restored very classy old stuff (6, two words) 10    Trees only next to river (5) 12    Kingly chap against all risks in marketplace (6) 14    Peter afflicted with another bug (12) 21    Dress gnome embroidered with cash (9) 23    Cost of present (diamond anklet) (8, two words) 25    Lecturer goes after London museum wrecker (6) 26    Driving off tee leaves twinge of pain (7) 28    Irish lass inhales a gas (6) 31    Sarah’s athletic dance (5) 33    Entrances to drowned valley (5) 35    Recorder very short with leader of anarchists (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 28 May.

2358: Poem IV

Thursday

8 Mar 2018
Pabulum

2349: Novel

Clockwise round the grid from 3 run the names (7,4,5,6,8,8,5,6) of four characters in a novel followed by the initials of its author. Two pairs of unclued lights (20/39 and 11/26) each combine to form an anagram of the novel’s title.   Across 8    Aged saint keeps working a long long time (5) 9    Weed with shoot and bit of leaf (7, hyphened) 10    Tattoo’s ending as spectators exit (7) 12    Digest fish with butt of wine (4) 14    In Gabon Herbert developed bleaching agent (10) 15    Fat Inez reduced after plain cycling (8) 18    One fifth of journos worry about columns (5) 19    Utterly trust vacuous boy on oath (7, two words) 22    Put up with trendy nationalist (3) 25    Newspaper exhausted one (3) 29    Dropsy made earl ill (5) 31    Run with youth through most of Norman city (7) 32    Restore sausage I left around (5) 33    Joints of lanky me (not athletic, I) (8) 34    Short-lived heroes bumped both sides off in battle (10) 36    Rat from part of Oxford? (4) 37    Game cop after illicit drug (7) 38    Print of waterfall over canal (7)   Down 1    Scholar gives beetle a collection of anecdotes (7) 2    Weird rich European (4) 3    Awfully ill Angelo takes drug for disease (10) 4    Up in court camel hides head (turned over beast’s home) (7, two words) 5    Commercial a flawless person almost saw (5) 6    Mineral occurs again in Delaware (8) 7    We make reparation in pound notes (7) 13    Communist up close to China (5) 16    Trim cardinal somersaults (3) 17    Lampstand in tin with bizarre lead support (10) 21    Meal with water and small whisky virile guy snubbed (8) 23    Magnifying glass Hank talked about (5) 24    Ukrainian lass meets poetic Eve (7) 27    Mister in woman’s clothing leaving America (3) 28    Nupe sprinkled revolutionary sugar (7) 30    Maiden more meek wants husband who speaks softly (7) 33    Mac’s outstanding sons ground oats (5) 35    Celebrated mouth organ (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 26 March.

2349: Novel

Thursday

12 Oct 2017
Pabulum

2331: Anagrams

Unclued lights suggest nine different words, each made up of the same five letters. These letters will appear in the completed grid in an alphabetically ordered sequence which must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 6  Young sailor turned cricketer (6, hyphened) 12  In the normal way all sections united in study (10, three words) 13  Wrongfully seize moneylender soft King Edward spared (5) 14  Connected to god, visionary peeled bananas (7) 15  College in California returned call concerning religious instruction (10) 16  Type of bathroom to fit in exactly (7, two words) 22  Plunder from woman’s junk? (7) 25  Messages in the box backed Congress (7) 27  Native Americans mingle with bloodhounds (7) 31  P for priest (4) 32  Chefs sprinkle this poi with real nuts (7, two words) 35  Understudy’s part long ago (4) 38  Rising and climbing (7) 40  Partiality of one and only point (10) 41  Luxembourg banished one glorifying air refresher (7) 42  Rogue with no time for sin (5) 44  Quakeress missing as drilling ridges (6) 45  Barometers tyrant committed to helpers (8)   Down 2  Item eaten with bread and laudanum child ingested (8) 3  Trim uniform (skirt required) (5) 4  Revolting old hat modernized (7) 5  Extremely tidy residence pig disrupts (7) 7  Force of habit inhibiting unionist (6) 8  Old weapon left in sink (5) 10  Flying racers keeping up in Batmobile? (8) 11  Different crisps but inferior type (9) 17  Some other article (3) 18  Gloomy Rex hugged by kind person (5) 19  Airs filled with passion produced by songbirds (9) 21  Chief in boring jumper (5) 26  Swimming goon dips like an aquatic (8) 28  Human body lacking a bone (3) 29  Amerind with name of Stoic tragedian (7) 33  Provide kit for English team (6) 34  Buries money (it’s taken from coiners) (6) 37  Hills bearing new buds (5) 39  Very large mega-bird soaring up avenue (5)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 30 October.

2331: Anagrams