No.39 August 2018

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Across
5 Delivery service located on – and by – the Downs? (3)
8 Half of high cost covers a film production – that’s novel (6,4)
9 Container: one covered in wool’s rare (4)
10 Dead landlord can be depressing (6)
11 Angelina without that is stuffing chips and beans (8)
12 Expensive clothing makes you go faster (4,4)
14 See 24 Down
15 Monsoon issue for a Spice Girl? (7)
17 See 24 Down
19 There’s a place and time for an insect (6)
20 Employers of Wellington Valley alarm clocks? (8)
23 Get bronze for entry with a type of cooking (8)
24 Evil, holding a measure of acidity, and unknown – could it be the Riddler? (6)
26 24 17 14 4, for example, close to swallowing sailor (4)
27 Melt – dive less, or melt again (10)
28/22 Enterprise prefix admitted by relations for county (6)
Down
1 As far as time can go in a card game (4)
2 Miriama Kamo presenting current affairs every day? It’ll never happen (1,5,2,7)
3 Caper in church for a close relative of 24 17 14 4 (6)
4 See 24
5 Refereeing – let me think – raider getting gin for tonic (8)
6 Orc, Yoda and Loch Ness monster? In America it would be High (9,6)
7 Tell, for example, about selenium headed scientist (10)
10 A note from Homer Simpson? (3)
13 Lovers a Martian? So alien! (10)
16 Stood our ground in the countryside (8)
18 Jack and Mitch regularly backed into a close relative of 24 17 14 4 (7)
21 Engross alumni with female addition (6)
22 See 28 Across
24/17/14/4 Bundle Endora gathered for a raven? Ay! (“Bewitched”) (4,2,5,6,7)

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No.39 August 2018

No.38 July 2018

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Across
1 Plastic art pipe broken? (“Broken” being an example) (4,10)
10 Absurd about HR work with no money, right? It’s all about us! (15)
11 ‘A’ for bad hairstyle (4)
12 Movement of Vanuatu ore? (3,7)
14 Ernest is oddly lacking; Claude prepares for the new job (8)
15 Universal UK identity card used when smuggling gazelle hound (6)
17 Colombia twice mentioned as source of powders (6)
18 Submit accommodation may disappoint (4,4)
20 Is a lunatic employed  in the West Indies? (5,5)
21 “Cut short complaint,” I’m told (4)
23 Small company in tavern get in order, not that it matters (15)
24 Church worker has choice of men before plainsong (9,5)
Down
2 Caper around damaged cart left in sorceress’ ring of unbroken night (9,6)
3 Novice given energy for ring – a rubber one (4)
4 “Ambitious snake!” I shout (8)
5 100 take in church music originating in the 80s (6)
6 100 make certain sailor left inside? It shouldn’t be allowed (10)
7 With petroleum on tap, I run and run! (9,6)
8 T’was a sailor sea swallowed in glee, as they say (at painful length) (14)
9 Persian Cat Gods arranged information for conversion (4,10)
13 Street old nana’s excited about in Texas (3,7)
16 Implied vessel is not communicating (8)
19 Be busy, goddess of discord, almost making bones (6)
22 Have a small measure at prayer? (4)

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Each across answer is either part or all of a 1 down. If part, the definition refers to the whole 1 down, while the wordplay refers to the answer.
Across
6 Don’t identify a particular person as me in one in a billion (4,2)
8 Studied material weapon former one dug up (8)
10 Unfortunately, Tories veto man told to stand for election (4,2,4)
11 Present returned around 4 to eager prima donna (4)
12 Astonishing G.P. to give prize to sketch artist? (6)
14 Virtually force prophet to have a large number of generators (7)
16 Taboo I’d break, and hour I’d break taboo; pity I concealed footwear (3,3,1,3,1,4)
18 Rock implored to change, Ben to return hence (7)
21 Chap views country once at war with Bishop, say, and his diocese (3,3)
24 Sun god poet initially sneaks from outer space (4)
26 Media mania results in telling Flanders I’m chaste (1,2,1,6)
27 Wastes framing Morse … and emphasised puddings (8)
28 Watts and nickel sulphide? Menace erred (6)
Down
1 Like Hannah lap dancing in Denmark’s capital city (10)
2 Big customer of Acme company returns electronic plaything (6)
3 Storyteller turns up deep at work (5)
4 Artist to trust occasionally (6)
5 Oil of French rêve, oddly (4)
7 Young female we blame for erection (3,4)
9 Almost the state of Jones’ country? (5)
13 Pay the Horned One (5)
14 Belief in a non-interventionist God is embedded in origins of “deus ex machina” (5)
15 Rise goes on, causing mountain formation (10)
17 Goddess to charge for stronghold (7)
19 Fights – beheaded, yet triumphs (5)
20 Fast movers, superior to runners (6)
22 Fleet of limb lady (6)
23 Great success of Barker’s ma’s handiwork (5)
25 Beer, cold – Guinness? (4)

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Across
1 Poll about clergyman briefly found in the 6 16 (8)
5 Gave food after tea, which rubbed the wrong way (6)
9 Briefly ignoring the odds, Eva Perón turned to a family member (8)
10 Tousle pelt when undressed and found in the 6 16 (6)
11 Return amidst Lew’s vulgarity (8)
13 Male 9 with an early prototype of Dr Who’s robot dog greeting a 26 found in the 6 16 (6)
15 Spoil graft I applied to inventor (7)
16 See 6 Down
17 See 19 Down
18 Potential debt creators found in the 6 16 (unfortunately) (7)
21 Mask may have a knock-on effect (6)
22 Rubber body with time and resistance (8)
23 Writer in a UK publisher to let it all out (4,2)
24 Tell tales about real-time backing? That’s diabolical (8)
26 __ ____ found in the 6 16? Yes, in this form! (6)
27 Poet, overbearing, boxed by ex-boxer (8)
Down
1 Rhyme for a nasty type of rust found in the 6 16 (6)
2 Northbound protected area found in the 6 16 (3)
3 Opposite Mark’s member (7)
4 Rev set about Mr Gallagher holding real-time broadcast (10)
6/16A Hail mostly fake guru transported to bay (7,4)
7 Interesting as a headpiece (11)
8 Short lady by French sea with strings attached (8)
12 Conqueror to instruct marksman (7,4)
14 Church taking in bird (not converted beforehand) to transgress (10)
16 Flower from short lady with oil I poured (8)
18 UK publisher found in the 6 16? (7)
19/17 Flaky croissant Hugh partly found in the 6 16 (7,4)
20 You are, so to speak, the lower jaw found in the 6 16 (6)
25 Have the credentials for one’s unconscious impulses? (3)

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Across
1 Hesitation overcome, thus setter an entertainer (8)
5/13 Holds guardian is falling for a 1 across (6,7)
10/12 1 down could be a clue for ‘phase’ (12)
11 60s 1 down fab successor to my upload (podcast) (9)
12 See 10
13 See 5
14 Princess at ball returning home, almost like 10 12, perhaps (10)
16 Mount payback (4)
18 5 is a type of 23? (4)
20 Muppet (not very quiet) has not realised they seek Big Bird (10)
23 51 apprehend, say, what Bond has (7)
24 Cycles around Masherbrum? Crackers! (7)
26 Knock out all right to a Head? That’s eccentricity! (9)
27 17 irrelevant to leader of the 20? (5)
28 Antagonise a playback device (6)
29 Silver’s (supposed) cry precedes a losing hand for a 1 across (8)
Down
1 Letter to call for help for 1 acrosses (5)2 Arena, a little one in total (7)
3 Frank they aren’t, to gas about subject of a Mutton Birds song (8)
4 So far, roughly concerning (2,3)
6 Odd turnover eaten by them French Madagascans (6)
7 Eye doctor’s company up to add to university register (7)
8 Shah gains resolve to press gangs (9)
9 Press offensive 1 down (8)
14 Was back to peel 1 down (9)
15 Dug taking in six balls? (Or sucked it up?) (8)
17 A family raised a chairman, misplacing a 1 across (8)
19 Almost slurp wine, sugar? (7)
21 Note bread with base measurement, or … R.I.P. (7)
22 Sharon a suffering 1 across? (6)
24 Degrees artists took in Iraq (5)
25 Sorrowful cry surrounds a large number ascending ladder (5)

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Across
1 Epic poem for Bohemians? (George had a blue one) (8)
5 Go up North Head cased in rags (6)
9 William is able to pot (8)
10 Fisher from 19 22’s French setter with rock band and finally, finally… (6)
12 …I’m on time with fashionable ad lib! (9)
13/1D Done, so to speak – speak a lot for 19 22’s antihero (5,6)
14 I cheat (good example!) (4)
16 State in the style of a President who needs no introduction (7)
19 She bested stacks, I hear (7)
21/11 26 22’s daughter, Mrs Munster, going to the Moon (4,4)
24 Ms Hall could be said to make Japanese cartoons (5)
25 Spidery thing built by Hadrian & Co. (9)
27 Eccentric relations of 19 22’s squirrel (6)
28 Discount Ruth Sato’s club? Not all lies (8)
29 Fishes, say, going after German plan (6)
30 An ambiguous part of E. L. James’ work (4,4)
Down
1 See 13 Across
2 Slanting when bound (6)
3 State thus: “Go ahead!” (3-2)
4 Late, bad review for “Poker Face” (7)
6 Saw (as a child might say) Ms Mackie – this once annoyed an oyster (4,5)
7 Even thee, Mr Pacino? You’ll get there in the end (8)
8 Imagine a dry mead brew (8)
11 See 21 Across
15 Uncertain / certain G.P. gets a telling-off (9)
17 Got boat wrecked by a short Seagoon (8)
18 Makes full heads of 3 with me in galleries (8)
20 Sam returned Ed Sheeran album before religious festival (4)
21 Thinner about right for “The Apprentice” (7)
22 Tinker at the wheel (6)
23 Poems to South Australia port (6)
26 Annoy Debbie? (5)

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No.33 January-February 2018

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Across
1 John and Thomas put together a series of amusing illustrations (6,3,6)
9 Awaken us with fish egg wrap (5)
10 Separate guys before tent entrance is flat (9)
11 With greater reason, a pa put gold in 2 (1,8)
12 Margaret returned mother’s letter (5)
13 Ex-PM’s memo is the main theme (7)
15 Specimen I scientifically extract to obtain liquid surfaces (7)
17 1+9, almost taxing (7)
19 Sultan gave salt for pepper to Christian champion (7)
20 When you’ll see an alligator? (5)
22 Embroilment with crooked Oil Rig Mob (9)
24 Tell Roger to boogie in the ballroom (9)
25 Clark found on the roof? (5)
26 Author of “Serious Constricting Path”, allegedly (6,9)
Down
1 Well, naked garçon fooled relations (6,9)
2 Toilet company location, I’m told, is a white cell (9)
3 Having hospital treatment with head trauma, unresponsive (5)
4 Fashionable battle with Germany (1,2,4)
5 Descartes believed that twin’s head of MI5 (7)
6 Freezing silver in a large mass, Einstein (not Bert!) is like the centre of Dunedin (9)
7 Second rate quantity of paper fish (5)
8 “The Good Life can be obtained from auctioned toys,” I’m misinformed (9,6)
14 How a dog with no nose may think he smells? (9)
16 Pommel’s scramble to obtain weapon (9)
18 Drive to a church gave sailorman strength (7)
19 Abu tucked into excellent fodder (7)
21 Composition for 9 rolling up part of joint (5)
23 A nose for churches? (5)

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