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20 Aug 2020
Smurf

2471: Inky

The unclued lights can be associated with an undisclosed quality. All associations can be found in Brewer and/or Chambers. Alphabetical order takes precedence for the solution at 36D. Across 9 Having broken rule outside, detective begins to feel guilty (10)14 Stiff paper, way-out neckwear? (3)18 Cox for Hereford, perhaps? (5)20 Choose in calamitous situation whence improvement may be in sight (7)22 Heading from highland country, look over Shakespearean setting (7)25 Being drawn to appear in Swindon Town (5, two words)28 Top of oak stake tipped prime succulent (7)33 A hammer? Australian has about fifty in stock (7)37 Run, then walk back to go over the ground again (5)38 Picture, very recent, displayed in post office (5)39 Country where graduate accepts a bet (6)40 Eggs, some too valuable (3)41 Procrastinates, goes to pot – cast out heavenly orbit (10)42 Fury about the French coat’s New Look (6)43 Awarded draw taking catch with runs levelled (8) Down 1 Tiring places for those making a change (13, two words)2 Extent of scheme no good (5)3 Declaimer at the centre or on either side (6)6 Sherry, sadly, remains unopened (7)7 Deal with Turkey ultimately establishing pact (6)8 Hops in here to get dry (4)10 Payment the German wanted for electric cable (6)11 Suggesting changing poles, putting before Scottish court (9)12 One hurt a rowdy badly? The opposite (13, three words)13 Friends, sick at heart, find implements for smoking (8)15 Actor just refusing lead on All Saints’ Day (7)19 Bryn, Dora and I dancing, which is most unusual in Scotland (9, two words)21 Partner seeks opportunity to conclude board meeting (8, two words) 23 Faint report of crime by policeman close to scene (7)27 Make meaningful call in small office (7)29 Mill worker joining threads forms buttress around church (6)30 Tragic heroine has aged, has little energy (6)32 Work, taking position behind counter (6) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 7 September.

2471: Inky

Saturday

7 Mar 2020
Smurf

2447: No small matter

One clued light can be associated with ten unclued ones. Ignore accents. One solution is an IVR. Across 4 Thrills if Leicester is rebuilt (11)11 A guy inside upset funny Shakespearean philosopher (9)13 European articles on new growth – fails to hit target (11)14 Jar in school laboratory (4)15 ‘Parking no good’ – sign on Port Moresby vehicle (3)18 This could be spent anywhere except Hungary (7, two words)19 Chap comes back in new suit, gets big wave (7)22 A shirt tailored for goddess (6)23 Row about note given by particular bell (6)27 Agree to embark (5, two words)29 Steaks sent back, possessing offensive odour (6, hyphened)34 Every motoring organisation he joins is a pain (7)35 Priest continuing with unfinished story of a face (7)38 Short reference complicated the plot (3)39 New driver, one with flash car (4)40 Somehow gets the slip and rests assured (11, two words)41 The cat’s whiskers? (5)42 Variety of catheters commonly seen in theatres (9, two words)43 Deals covering daily business periodicals (11, two words) Down 1 Note Carol’s nice new kitchen equipment (11, two words)3 Brontë seasons pronounced trendsetters (11)5 Description of Jaws might be magic (7)7 Consult with German chap, off his head inhaling pot (6, two words)8 Heinous criminal coming from one’s office (7, two words)10 Reckons that grounds cover one mile (9)15 Video advertisement for Farah? (5)16 Demonstrated desire to block way that’s used by sewer (11, two words)20 Pull in exterior ship’s rope (9)21 Hefty rock upended (3)25 Switching positions at prison officer centre (5, two words)26 Lad comes over as a lout (3)28 Lag on the outside? (7)33 Drop handkerchief in river (6)36 Carpet the setter after a fiddle (5) A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 March.

2447:  No small matter

Thursday

12 Dec 2019
Smurf

2438: Shining bright

One clued solution (which solvers must highlight) can be linked with eleven unclued solutions, (one in the plural). Brewer confirms them all, even showing that two of them can be further linked as a trio, thematically too!   Across 5    Character in Eliot drama, also in the saga that inspired it (6) 9    Maladjusted, he sued aunt for speedy carelessness (10, two words) 16    Primrose, perhaps, taking drug Vi slung out? (6) 17    A great deal of gas over Germany (5, two words) 20    Composer brought to court for judgment (7) 22    Bullies orchestra terribly, having lost artist (7) 24    One ducking the issue? (7) 25    Indian’s rejected fine material (5) 28    Food RAF distributed where mountain bikes go (7, hyphened) 31    Reserve permit for manual (7) 33    Bitter, perhaps, about job as spoon-embellisher? (7) 37    Berth or place with parking (5, two words) 41    Makes an illegal entry fixing spring inside locks (10) 42    Fine wordplay is hard (6)   Down 1    Have a house-warming? Bully! (13, four words) 2    Poor Adelaide led away as a nymph (5) 3    Must directions get Dot confused? (6, two words) 4    Drops behind, touring old African city (5) 6    Fellow with leading information relating to whole class (7) 7    Lacking energy, cat is given running water (6) 10    School head votes to change heating appliances (6) 12    Constituents in seat repeatedly accepting PM’s direction (13, two hyphens) 13    Domestic’s browser button guide? (8, two words) 15    New to green part of Manchester (7) 19    All quiet in a dump — that’s what Masefield asked for (9, three words) 21    Competes, but is inclined to join fiddle (8) 23    Agent having imbibed upset drink is bad-tempered (7) 27    Unfashionable leases for retail shops (7) 30    Having that valuable silent quality? (6) 32    Sexually excited male inhibited by nagging (6, two words) 34    African expresses disapproval over Indian leader (5) 35    Having progressed remarkably, drops away on a set of steps (5) 36    Main attraction, a hit mostly (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 13 January.

Thursday

10 Oct 2019
Smurf

2429: Homo

7A can be linked to nine unclued lights (three of two words, one of which repeats 7A) – in five cases as a prefix, in four cases as a suffix.   Across 7 Fifth of November and no old penny for the guy (3) 11 Engineer’s ancient letter stored by British Library (6) 13 Directions to compel and ensure obedience (7) 15 Field football team, missing second half (5) 17 Move between vessels to facilitate requirements of port? (6) 18 Prophet found in cabin – a humble dwelling (5) 20 Swinging seventies and no vet available on border river (6) 21 Switch round inside, showing craft (5) 22 Half-dead in Texan mission – redoubt evacuated (7) 27 Impaled Pole, disfigured by depressions (7) 29 Many pieces of wood, shaped perhaps to last? (5) 34 To do with one university backing Classics course? (6) 36 All but top of lariat reconstituted for stock management (5) 38 Huge men, semi-dressed (7) 39 China’s new restrictive measures (6) 41 Suspended sport’s execution, seizing German leader’s top (11, two words)   Down 1 Gravy on cheek – part of Christmas dinner? (10, two words) 2 Authorised to put lights round here in France (8) 3 Endlessly merry, one of us ignoring fine? That’s not right (9) 4 Parishioner curious about the origin of time being expert on the past (12) 5 Vesselised, as mess tea might be? (7) 7 Intend setting up Oxford University call for Queen (5) 8  Writing on the wall, put up for fictional Captain (4) 9  Girl, a student, put through toughening process (6) 12  One who tends to be quiet or make a racket in Wisconsin (6) 14  Chow for the early-birds (12, two words) 21  Agitated magician swallows her head in Thailand (9, two words) 23  Dickensian fugitive upsetting wig in Trial? (8) 24  Nip into dive – one making money in Varna (8) 25  Fate’s woven threads, central character from mythology (6) 26  Somali, for example – one imprisoned in a French jail (7) 28  Go by please after manoeuvring (6) 31  Crikey! It’s a fight in Brisbane … (5) 33  … and a quarrel in Glasgow, if let out (5) 35  Leaders of York will change again into ladies’ organisation (4, acronym)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 28 October.

Thursday

8 Aug 2019
Smurf

2420: Crafty

Four unclued lights are thematic and are defined by two others. They are found in The 21 and 2 (also the singular of a fifth unclued light). Another unclued light is partly thematic, yet another was a high officer, whilst a final pair show status. One clued light is an abbreviation.   Across 11    Thankless daughter that’s broken up loves and leaves for season (7) 12    Biblical character with pain in both hands (6) 13    Carpet has nap woven round edge, all in scarlet (9) 14    Fantasy – in short, ecstasy (5) 16    Despots – Middle Eastern – contract lung infection (5) 19    Type of movie with lots of drawings? (7) 21    Nicosia, possibly – it’s in Cyprus (4) 24    King, born a woman, may have been bent (4) 25    ‘Quillwort’ is Old English – exam unfinished (7) 31    Alluring woman stripped for big show (4) 32    Lie concerned with Conservative policy (7) 34    Passage travelled by boat in sound (4) 35    Sign of cut in news exclusive about inflation measure (7) 37    Study book about France’s latest star (5) 40    I’m out to get a radio part, speaking with style (5) 41    Days somewhat hotter soon after Ash Wednesday? (9, two words) 42    Editorial report on songs (6) 43    Cold month outside concerns staff (7) 44    Town cook welcomes serenades (11)   Down 5    Put down, with help from the left (4) 6    Oriental massage given by some attractive Korean models (4, two words) 8    Out to lunch with foreign royalty close to Battersea college (7) 9    First post arrival (9, two words) 10    Pick up, pick up and catch up (7) 15    Senior Army officer nurses torn ligament – aim is off (5, two words) 17    A keen taste for the most part for modern painting medium (7) 18    Unclued class member to reprimand mignonette (11, two words) 20    School dictionary in near tatters (7) 26    Clear, getting the ball to the green… (5) 27    …overtures, perhaps, with former soldiers backing help (7) 29    Plans for Smurf to enter chess knockout (7) 36    Ruth swallows Ecstasy being devout (5) 38    False concept maintaining Rioja’s dry (4) 39    Journey starting in Transvaal, finishing in Windhoek (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 26 August.

2420: Crafty

Thursday

25 Apr 2019
Smurf

2405: Satanic

Doc writes: welcome to Smurf as our third new compiler joining our team.   One unclued light, the heart of which is of essence, is linked with eight other unclued lights, verifiable in Brewer. Two further unclued lights are appositely characteristic. One other light is abbreviated. Ignore an apostrophe.   Across 4    No can do? (11, two words) 11    A new city in Italy, southern state capital (9) 12    Soldiers resentful, not half, in revolution (5) 15    Old bus company transporting Irma from America (3, initials) 18    In a stealthy way, enticing to Grand Central (7) 22    Excessively short skirt is picked up (6, two words) 23    Vagueness thus always shown to what it’s usually attached to? (6, two words) 24    Girl set off from refurbished Sheraton (5) 31    Mount’s area traversed by island cleric (6) 34    Seafood which could be heart-warming (7) 35    Bank, for example, protecting a long-distance swimmer (7) 38    Further, earlier, starts are needed for any long statements (3) 39    ‘Even so’ I added, ‘its existence is unproven’ (4) 40    Seriously funny remark (11, two words) 41    Be outstanding at bugle-playing (5) 42    Deigning to put in carbon backing-sheet (9) 43    Third Oscar’s arranged for anti-scrumpers (11)   Down 2    Area covered in European journey (5) 5    After work, beer brought round in glass (7) 6    New Yorker using decoy to get fish (6) 8    Shape of a dead bird, would you say? (7) 9    Enough space for better ventilation, reportedly (4) 10    Just keeps going when credit’s newly denied (9, two words) 15    Leaders of aggressive gang go round organising violence (5) 20    Reputation one would never expect of a real stinker! (9, two words) 21    Early night for the early bird? (3) 25    Husband backed cunning wife’s emotional outbursts (5) 26    One exercises, showing fitness (3) 28    Lie Alan spread about border town (7, two words) 30    In the end, double back and get a round of applause (7) 36    Posh suits seen in Newmarket on Sunday (5) 37    Off, dear? (4)   A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 13 May.

2405: Satanic