No.31 November 2017

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Across
1 My life is in ruins (13)
9 Stoop, losing right for a head-hunt (5)
10 Pasta’s in tomcat? I digress (9)
11 Santa with model and drink? In your head! (9)
12 Without doubt, in sum (5)
13/18 Hangover cure could be shed (4,2,3,3)
14 Venerate serpentine jade (8)
16 Deride an evil act, reportedly for an item of footwear (8)
18 See 13
21 Dry drug placed before vault (5)
22 Direction of longitudinal intersection east – and not in fact? (4,5)
24 Flipping Bogan to join NASA? Flip! (2,7)
25 Pale moon before statesman (5)
26 Mysterious organisation widow’s liable to pan, in a way (13)
Down
1 Jelly like film, in short (5)
2 Food for man at lunchtime (7)
3 What is the possibility of life after death? (1,5,2,1,6)
4 Chairman returning a Russian to Otago town (6)
5 Love in torment, with no alternative for location of insect (spoiler!) (8)
6 Nine microphones pick up bewilderment (15)
7 Bottom lover is a giant amongst others (7)
8 Quantities of drink and the city, say, beat poet (8)
13 Main online location is in call (4,4)
15 Harken to 10+1, roughly speaking (6,2)
17 Deer to transport half a cartoon bear, you say? (7)
19 Where the dubious surf? (4,3)
20 US, sir? A different country! (6)
23 Thus a chicken joins the church (5)

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No.30 October 2017

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Across
1/11/14 Obscure lunatic to secure a place for dreamers (5,6,4)
4 Who’s to be afraid of Virginia, say? (8)
9 A patterns of signs indicate my drones will crash (8)
11 See 1
12 Trickster McKenzie taking in Rex, scholar (4,6)
14 See 1
15 Yearn with added milk for a Kiwi type of 1 (4,5)
18 Cold but fast (5)
20 17th century recorder held back by gypsy pepperbox (5)
1/21 7’s subject doming up alarmingly for distributed data processing (9)
25 This qualification might cure acne (4)
26 Australian interior, or house’s exterior? (3,7)
29 Artist with a wall of 1 and slippery 29, almost (6)
30 Cops I hear down yonder green valley (3,5)
31 Type of 1 with a stalk and cap (8)
32 Type of 1 attack (5)
Down
2 1 may form this early, perhaps (5)
3 A type of 1 losing th’ place unhappy might be in relation to a 1 (5)
5 It’s been edited for the writer (1,6)
6 Agitate divorcee with recount (6)
7 Locust and tick almost dance for paranormal investigator (9)
8 Grant taken in by façade; almost disapprove (5,4)
10 Plant, or suffer! (6)
13 Poetic contraction not quite observed (3)
16 Demand too much from six deliveries, with me stuffing bivalve mollusc (9)
17 Plotter who failed to set off (3,6)
19 Action of a geyser towards the top of water plant (6)
22 King’s daughter wearing spectacles supplies wild marjoram (7)
23 Paramilitaries from Levin? (3)
24 One who perseveres with a stiffener? (6)
1/27 Note noisy explosion when it’s pouring (5)
28 Lifting partially irrevocable lid – it may be formed by 1 (5)

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No.29 September 2017

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Across
1 Brouhaha Centre with blurb, oddly (6)
5 Choice gravy (7)
9 Hannibal held ours (not taking sides) for teacher (8)
10 Features that might be carried on, say (6)
11 Verbal questioning of dentistry? (4,11)
13 A. Dolan, shortly going to island in what some call the present era (3,2,3)
14 City of a Hundred Gates, almost the finest (6)
15 Agency accepting obstacle over tongue (6)
17 Exert influence to silent, farthest point (8)
19 Types of intercourse and stroke for a people person (6,9)
20 Imagine five liars, such as Bob Acres and Ensign Beverley, or Sir Lucius O’Trigger and Captain Absolute (6)
21 Dominate above brook? (8)
23 Small aviator has short day to reverse tiny amount (7)
24 Impale a bird, I hear (6)
Down
2 Vehicle must be not odd (3)
3 Hurricanes were involved in this atmospheric contest (6,2,7)
4 Prohibit afternoon test to become a lawyer (3,4)
5 Top-drawer amount wasted for Brexit, for example (11,4)
6 Essex tincture more than half finished (7)
7 Berliner that I’ve restored to an empire-builder (4,3,8)
8 London police got up to ten usually, disrobing for city gent’s 5 down (11)
12 Simon McGregor dropped ‘M’ off at Douglas’ 5 down (11)
16 One pursuing firm defeat of big things (7)
18 Time madmen lost head to lace makers (7)
22 Consumed with overthrowing Greek character (3)

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No 28 August 2017

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Across
1 Short book returned on account by dangerous smoker (7)
5 Tiller of distant Parisian water (6)
10 Three drinks, then dance (3-3-3)
11 Brothers in musical form? (5)
12 No seducer, I will join local community (6)
13 Film star going to Illinois causes tumult (7)
15 In no way does he think “less is more” ? (9)
17 Company direction found in a 1 across (4)
18 At first, Captain Scarlet had “urban validity” (4)
19 Go towards Arctic the other way around to get a 1 across (5,4)
23 Start out like a blunt writer? (4,3)
24 Hard-hitting film company? (6)
27 Splinter nearly reversed, for our sins (5)
28 Elders nut out the final consequence (3,6)
29 Like Uriah Heep with cap off canvas covering (6)
30 Commercial picker who takes in by choice (7)
Down
1 Winner of tailless 25 (6)
2 M-monkey? Not quite American animal (5)
3 Perfect ache I’ve cured (7)
4 Feel missing tip – that could hurt (4)
6 See 25
7 A 1 across is our ham, too, theatrically (9)
8 Determination about what you’ll do with this clue (7)
9 Called a friend of Dorothy for a 1 across (9)
14 Collymoddle? (9)
16 Musical drama time – star rising to give offence (9)
18 Roughly birch in a 1 across (7)
20 Man: “Oh, Eva!” – getting up to give the boot (5-2)
21 A 25 you can take or leave? (6)
22 Cold appraiser found in a 1 across (6)
25/6 Stuff Hall into a 1 across (5,6)
26 Assistant dropping a suggestion (4)

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No 27 July 2017

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Across
1 Tip for drama – where, for part of the winter, 5 & 2 live! (1,7)
5 Rock a 21 across? (6)
10 Inelegant rebel rose (9)
11 Maya’s patch for plant (5)
12 Treaty aiming to prohibit atomic cricket? (4,3)
13 For the tree is in proportion (3,4)
14 O brother, thou art a gem! (4)
16 Victory cut short by disease particles; three are required to rule (9)
19 Nitre dissolved about 10, so not basic (9)
21 Captain Cook? (4)
23 Enjoys fixed routines (7)
25 Got tall rogue to stop (7)
27 See 22 Down
28 Baby footballers? (9)
29 Flash 21 across, Peter? (6)
30 See 3 Down
Down
1 Standard layout of “Quickview Exhibitor” trophy cases (6)
2 A 21 across might be decked? (5)
3/30 Catch Lorde in a benign theatrical number, first sign of a 21 across (7,8)
4 Exercise power over it and extremists’ extremes – kindles an old flame? (9)
6 Level clothing (7)
7 Soggy sandwich? (9)
8 Animal I’d cook for a 21 across (5,3)
9 There is a tide in the affairs of guinea pigs… (4)
15 Steamy work of dubious merit? (9)
17 Unknown woman, possible follower of Terra (9)
18 Animal wants to keep the entire fund? (8)
20 Opening holds 6 outside the womb (2,5)
21 Trendy cup of tea for the chilly bin (4,3)
22/27 The Planets’ originator follows Cassius Clay Jr to a 21 across (6,5)
24 Arabians lacking AI in a lather? (4)
26 Those people with Oriental bearing; that’s the area being discussed (5)

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No 26 June 2017

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Across
1 Season with plant (6)
4 Ray sick in cape (8)
10 Be successful individual’s braces – that can annoy (3,2,4,6)
11 Weapon failure? (1-4)
12 Conflicting illegal acts (3,6)
13/18 King camper takes vegetable to hot oven for originator of masses (6,3,9)
15 Port obtained from overturned case of Oloroso (4)
17 Fruit not given by the careless (1,3)
18 See 13
20 Schedule it in for the east end of Tipperary (9)
23 Elephant doctor interrupting twosome (5)
24 “Waving a towel” Thursdays? This way to the Chathams! (15)
25 Insect to secretly leave gazelle (8)
26 Shrubs, no herbs (6)
Down
1 Birds who twerk? (8)
2 Fairly easy? Sounds like a description of the Gordian one (3,3,9)
3 Honouring Lennon? Big shock! (9)
5 Confidence of American Bottom to bend nacre askew (9)
6 His or her model successor (5)
7 Standard of devotion preached by Saint Bernard? (4,2,4,2,3)
8 Appraise female donkey (6)
9 Sat once for flakes (4)
14 Instrument six support, and repeatedly mention (9)
15 Reptiles hid in broken down pianos (9)
16 Reverses one Blair lady (8)
19 Seat is not right for a nap (6)
21 Merman to leave the lake for a trim… (5)
22 …despite which, one is abominable (4)

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No.25 May 2017

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Across
1 D.C.I. Stanhope mentions about one set of truths (10)
6 Work soapsuds evenly (4)
9 Mitty left out bottoms of tanks (5,5)
10 Pace of caresses taken the wrong way (4)
12 The classroom’s disrupted, but not by him (12)
15 E.g. root growing – hot, endless, towards the earth (9)
17 Yes, a craftsman has the beginnings of a craft (5)
18 Anguish a type of aunt (5)
19 Kink of Verdi, say – a fantasy (3,6)
20 What instructor at the wheel does for buff (12)
24 Lump coming after A is terminal (4)
25 Is order related to Orpheus of a similar structure? (10)
26 Will ego? (4)
27 The much-loved cartoonist from “Riverdance” (6,4)
Down
1 Pledges German cars contain nothing (4)
2 Tree top rodent? (4)
3 Like a communist postman on your birthday? (4-8)
4 Half bull, half pony found in the Waikato (5)
5 Thence Lye artistically composed Aristotle’s final form (9)
7 Shoot towards Scottish lake (not the head) with endless nips and snacks (6,4)
8 Schismatic is set apart (10)
11 The wife of Lord Greystoke, an Earl, and a very short ruler (4,4,4)
13 Railway worker inside, for instance, first to scarlet-hipped bloomers! (10)
14 Italian code left lying around in town to the east (10)
16 Capital University admits backward chump at an equal rate (4,5)
21 Get new floor coverings back, even duller (5)
22 Spoke of sadness said to stop a horse (4)
23 Want rising unit of energy (for short) (4)

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No.24 April 2017

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Across
1 Stead initially found in Gold Country here (8)
8 Order Cockney ladies to be wordsmiths (7)
9 Stern G.B. is one of our 8 (8)
10 Political exile, fighter poetically before 5s (6)
11 Told to get knotted? (7)
13 Coward at Christmas? (4)
14 Coming to like small bed colouration (9)
18 Food found on head? (4)
19 Note: males have the last word (4)
20 Knight who forces things open, I hear, is the one who cried “Boo!” (9)
22 Slow-tearing tearers, according to 23 5 (4)
24 First part of 9 with excellent expression of distaste (7)
27 Near-naked swinger in Edgar’s work (6)
29 30, fat? Perhaps fair (8)
30 Chris, one of our 8, returned prize houses to King (7)
31 Without an axe, cloning accident for one of our 8 who produced 27 30 (5,3)
Down
1 Ship, and most of what it carries (4)
2 Mound for terrier (5)
3 Left as Queen emits bright light? (5)
4 Closest Listener in the home (7)
5 See 23
6 Gagarin set a fashion, perhaps after leaving this? (7,4)
7 Disrespect from Paul, midnight rider in loveless iron church (11)
11 Whereas Star Wars gives seabirds… (11)
12 …means of entry, or tipster giving evens to get additional items (11)
15 Sailor may be whaled out (3)
16 Period spent abroad – right, ’tis done (3)
17 The Psammead’s been heard before “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (3)
21 Begin, say, serial I broadcast (7)
23/5 27’s mate with his head casing was one of our 8 (5,5)
25 Liturgical headdress found before 10 (5)
26 Relating to citizens 104 and 99 (5)
28 Female with slack harakeke (4)

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No.23 March 2017

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For all the answers of length (5-5) – the definition part of the clue applies to the whole answer; the rest only applies to the first half, from which the second half may be deduced.

Across
1 See 1 Down
3 For starters, ban tip as too lacking in extremes (9)
8 Higher payment Jagger asked of a grammatical unit (9)
10/7 Not how this sort of person would pronounce “high tea” (5-5)
12 See 9 Down
13 Stain solver used for emphasis? (4,3)
15 See 20
16 Crack paper upturns (9)
18 Fog arises, obscuring bird of prey (9)
20/15 Corny flavour (5-5)
21 Jabs six-footer with hockey stick for a second, gaining a second (7)
23 See 20 Down
25/22 Diddley pursuing ma? Nonsense! (5-5)
26 Acknowledgment of promotion to assignment (9)
27 Bond’s bird? (9)
28 Crazy over knockout (4)
Down
1/1A Note Marty artlessly raves about predatory insects (4,4)
2 Tollgates send fish back (9)
4/23 Wishy-washy beside chap rising first (5-5)
5 Bother, engaged! (9)
6 Desiring a tailored T-shirt (7)
7 See 10 Across
9/12 Blow this monkey business! (5-5)
11 What freedom of speech lets you have – constant valediction (5,3)
14 Maxim A. Proshim, criminal (8)
16 Chief Petty Officer Higgs, say? (9)
17 Create undergarment using what’s available? (9)
19 I’d follow the successor of Ipso? That’s a common misconception (7)
20/23A O, such rampant jiggery-pokery! (5-5)
22 See 25 Across
23 See 4
24 Article about we don’t know who (4)

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No.22 February 2017

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Across
1 Dick’s not working, getting time for female (9)
8 German city where I’m chasing drug during fighting (6)
10 Girl student embracing ICT, like Lisbeth Salander or Snow White (9)
11/17/21 Author of reports works to sharpen a 10 12 down 1 (6,8)
12 Reasonable clue to part of a ship’s rigging (8)
17 See 11
18 Jungle Lady, redhead, in a tree, becomes a 10 12 down 1 (4,6)
20 Paler Sun anomaly Hebrew astronomers first observed in third quarter (for example) (5,5)
21 See 11
22 See 19 Down
26 See 14 Down
27 Amazon Captain sketched a young 10 12 down 1 (5,4)
28 Elephant rider unfashionable after getting hock back (6)
29 Spooky makeup Goths prefer (9)
Down
2 Heather is part-American (5)
3 Consumer bigger without King George (5)
4 Hoard King placed in care of Moomins’ creator (5)
5 Food for 6 plus? (5)
6 Wash in dream regularly back in the Middle Ages (8)
7 Carrier said to be very French (4)
9 Terribly sly Pommie skinhead uses a thing incorrectly (10)
12 Ironclad, hurt, reflective, like Lisbeth Salander or Snow White (6)
13 Conforming to other members of the queue? (2,4,4)
14/26A A Cotswolds-based 10 12 down 1 spoiling his triple-A rating (6,6)
15 Reportedly colourful Iranian leader almost a traditional entertainer (6)
16 Nice chap, say, after direction, is calm (6)
19/22A Dear Tom wears shift for an African 10 12 down 1 (8,8)
22 Without representative, chide Fish (5)
23 Demure accused’s interior secretion (5)
24 Type of bore said to fasten onto children’s writer (5)
25 Sea snail pup docked by Korean leader (5)
26 Finish off lover at roads’ end (4)

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