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.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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No.21 December 2016

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Across
1 Fence farm animal starts to 14 (5)
4 14 dance used by boxer while training (9)
10 German ute wrecked by 14 (8)
11 14, awake, grew rapidly taller (4,2)
12 Renounce being in favour of Japanese 14 (7)
13 Westbound, mount 14 under opening to tableland (7)
15 14s give subjects of 20 without drugs (5)
17 Herb from 14 Queen (8)
19 14 time with the other type of clue is disappointing (1,3,4)
21 14 for a young woman, say (5)
22 14 in advertising produces a tray of food (7)
24 Crucial goal of French 14 (7)
27 Whisper “14 owned by us” (6)
28 About 14 snare bunk (8)
29 Note seed scattered around 14, and feel outrage (2,7)
30 14 gnik a rof tif? (5)
Down
2 One la-di-da, affected accent – like Scouse? (9)
3 Moon thanks jot and tittle (5)
5 Clumsy in New Zealand, and weird in Scotland (4)
6 Makes chess move on the beach? (7)
7 Spar with UK newspaper for periods of economic growth (9)
8 She’s left atmosphere (5)
9 Meanders towards reptiles (6)
14 Note what’s beneath skates – the sea! (5)
16 Motor almost spoils basis of food chain (9)
18 Say again? Irate tree’s barking? (9)
20 Individuals with riches he’s discarded, like the “Alice” books (7)
21 Freedom of fish rising above habitual behaviour (6)
23 Behold employment of insect (5)
25 Type of net held by stock in trade (5)
26 Current crossword setter’s pinnacle of achievement! (4)

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No.20 November 2016

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Across
7 Small boat for everyone, as they say in the Southern US (4)
8 With regular orbits, like Mike Teavee? (6-4)
9 He’s hothead involved in dumping reports of prize-winning novel (3,8,4)
10 H.H.Munro was a wry swine, I’m told (4)
12 Like a Toyota, it goes just as well in reverse (10)
14 Do accounting to aid deportment? (7,3,5)
16 Fooled by tall grass? (10)
18 Hairdo from the seafront (4)
19 Places where candidates may get a little cross (7,8)
22 Enthuse motor to become transport for dowsers, I hear (4,6)
23 Circus did at first regularly refuse (4)
Down
1 Sea sloth frames a type of window (4)
2 Formal dance group I tell a not-quite-All Black to back (9,6)
3 Minstrel put silk pants into fairy tale
4 Artillery and shells, or ball ‘n’ splitting? (8)
5 Renaissance man rewriting 4 – I’d add “Voila!” (8,2,5)
6 Setter near central Iowa makes animal sound (4)
8 Puny guy losing personnel for large number to do carelessly (5)
11 Quinta are brand leaders in dry port (5)
13 Manufacturer Lawrence Oates nobly went to meet (5)
15 Embrace … Embracing … Admit playing the fool! (8)
17 “Francis! Duck!” (5)
20 God’s quiet? (4)
21 In Paris, we have mother wit (4)

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No.19 October 2016

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Across
1 An 1 to beat back the sensual (6)
5 An 1 to rush to dance (7)
10 An 1 has nothing on Roman statesman (4)
11 An 1 army to make metallic sound adding colour (10)
12 An 1 playing some R.E.M. for actress (4,6)
14 An 1 + radius = container (4)
16 An 1 with “SSS”, say, evaluates (8)
19 An 1 gets ‘arsh with Noel (6)
21 An 1 with hand-written book by seraglio (6)
23 An 1 + 18 left zero elevation (3-5)
26 An 1 has little time, works as cleaner (4)
28 An 1 with Douglas’s character awoken in 2429 A.D (4,6)
31 An 1 with electronic trainer for horse-drawn carriage (10)
33 An 1 + 2.718 = a Venetian magistrate (4)
34 An 1 merged with another 1 = millions! (7)
35 An 1 with thanks for the Red Flag (6)
Down
2 All in assembly for Irish King (5)
3 An 1 with direction after another 1’s sound (5)
4 Drink shadows for 1s (7)
6 1 + 1 + Richard not hard? In your dreams! (7)
7 Bird he added as contribution (5)
8 Admit to have possession (3)
9 Old World lizards mothers put under cast iron cooker (6)
13 1000 Euros for a Ken Loach film (3)
15 Odd – sounds like where you might find 13 (5)
17 Busby showgirls have a kaleidoscopic opener for starters (5)
18 Lady of the Night? Not quite (3)
20 Whose odds are sorrow? (3)
22 Adventurous cub’s hoe has little resonance (7)
23 Interactive media at festive occasion (6)
24 Lincoln supporter after one amateur actor (7)
25 Almost see contest (3)
27 Seal embraced by James I. Gilbert (5)
29 An 1 backing the Spanish logician (5)
30 Romanian issue may help you find the right word? (5)
32 Trifling removal from bull-headed man to get letter from abroad (3)

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No.18 September 2016

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Across

1 Solo star of this? Yes and no (3,3,4,1.1.1.1.1)
9 Lead returning? (11)
10 Endless kiss transformed runner (3)
11 Get sick cockney lady active, making a flap (7)
13 Unusual letter from abroad? (7)
14 Dictator of work? Media gold! (9)
16 A sword taken from the Peeping Tom (4)
18 Planned a fuss (2-2)
19 Herb is big phoney? Nonsense! (9)
21 Catching sight of drug, something 1 across might do? (7)
22 Are they used to inspect rainbows? (7)
23 Edgar knew about ravens and writing desks (3)
24 One French movement the French backed? Cool! (11)
26 How highwaywomen give birth? (5,3,7)
Down

1 Edgar’s King of the Swingers (6,2,3,4)
2 Alien at lightspeed, and so on (3)
3 Damnable knaves easily won around (8)
4 The call, so to speak, of the wind (5)
5 “Please don’t die, backward poet of uniform colour!” (5,4)
6 What the Eggman does? (4,2)
7 E.g. where you might keep a 16, or vice versa? (4,2,5)
8 Swift behind Arden is an actress (9,6)
12 Crazily, I topple heartless Edgar and Bugs (11)
15 Colour Shaggy Edgar demeans at intervals (4-5)
17 About myself: laid back, corrective (8)
20 The state in which the Mississippi flows (6)
22 Loose-knit warmer for Walrus’s tail, said to be naked (5)
25 Short month before Richthoffen returned (3)

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No.17 August 2016

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Solve the clues and fit them into the grid, jigsaw-wise, wherever they will go.

A One free British broadcaster (6)
B Excalibur, I always held, was put in vault (6)
C This French hat inserted backwards – it changes pronunciation of C (7)
D Refuse records – they aren’t sealed (4,6)
E Heartless sexy duo contrive wholesale departure (6)
F Amuse with no introduction after Feb 1st blows hot and cold (6)
G Leader of communist ring, rough revolutionary, came before Marx (7)
H Pitch to fifty in New York – wonderful! (8)
I Repeating it before time with books (7)
J Yes, German bore out of order in small jumper (6)
J “French setter? Capital!” – writer seen on either side of K (6)
K Big Ape’s game with Bats: Parker’s heads are replaced by Kent’s (4,4)
L Historically, a French province restored inlays? No (8)
M Implore ten to reconsider in Vermont (10)
N Arranged ace and ten in case of need (8)
O Reroute a circuit to part of “The Listener” (5,3)
P Law-breaking gamble to get pussy (8)
Q Get gear without starting – that’s a joke (4)
R Italian jerk is charming (8)
S Pre-emptive Bridge tactic may leave opponents in the cold (4-3,3)
T Made longer without divorcee being looked after… (6)
U …contrariwise, international organisation T (7-3)
V Knows a lot of poetry? (6)
W Health benefit (7)
X Unknown insect with strong dislike for yellow salt (8)
Y Cry over vinyl record, the old fashioned sort (4)
Z Love tariff is exempt from tax (4-4).

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No.16 July 2016

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Across
1 See 10
5 Butler’s nowhere to be found west of Christchurch (7)
9 Type of prose bully that Gelett Burgess has never seen (6,3)
10/1 2/11’s little chaps have large presence in songs from “Oliver!” if you lend an ear (5-7)
11 See 22 Down
12 One Italian, weary with daughter tending to the right (unlike Don Camillo) (10)
14 Song of Zuzowy regularly leads to needle for one who preys on 10/1 across (11)
16 Run around holder of Ashes (3)
17 Lick US city police department, almost (3)
18 Tolstoy gem I translated for lexicographer (11)
20 Hard tack for race horse? (3,7)
21 Barrel used to create tattoo (4)
24 Two soldiers, that’s huge! (5)
25 Mindful of old boy – butler, perhaps (9)
26 Mr Wise (amongst rest of contributors) forever! (7)
27 Last-minute change of heart at 12? (7)
Down
1 Organic compounds taken from retort before mid-month (7)
2 Talk show host upset comic actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age (5)
3 Jade covering (4)
4 Less important educational establishment? (9,6)
5 “I’d ban wrongdoers!” – annoyed actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age (6,1,8)
6 Activist fighting for online business? (3-7)
7 Small figures uncoil – human? Not quite – different (9)
8 Audibly attacks study of an area in northwest London (7)
13 Republic of NZ beats UK one? Unlikely (10)
15 Four bears, I’m told, aren’t found in this children’s home (9)
17 Dip in road leading to Italian dish (7)
19 “It’s back!” – Insect-ridden epistolary addressee (7)
22/11 Writer had dollar change (5,4)
23 Pizzazz may be seen after con (4)

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No.15 June 2016

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Across
1/11/30 Facilitator of UK capitalist workers’ movement (6,11)
4 Dad, grow up! Wham!’s head has split – like the Beatles (3,5)
10 Make first delivery dutifully, not fully back in bondage (9)
11 See 1
12 A prominent outpost of the Empire? (5,4)
14 See 19 Down
16 God returning to seaport (4)
17 French relative almost has quantity that’s equivalent (10)
19 Mr Ihimaera’s forms of discrimination, I hear, are a form of banter (10)
20 How Beatle’s girl thrice affirmed her love (4)
23 Looking down 12, perhaps, moving left to right, for sponge (5)
24 Mine Hero regularly first up before arch, sadly (9)
25 Surely a constant beast (5)
27 Any sole in stew cooked with onions? (9)
29 Pa with Unity? No, no luck (8)
30 See 1
Down
2 …and not Reagan’s backing (3)
3 Gold that is not the first from the East (6)
5 Inflated expectations from extravagant tea-room invites (14)
6 Macabre Mr Addams almost regrets being accepted into… (8)
7 …weird, extreme or deviant devotions (3)
8 Dilapidated pier beneath which small girl found gemstone (7)
9 Gun-aimer George? (9,5)
13 West’s prize half stolen by the Master (7)
15 Stan’s victory sign (7)
18 Dessert – I spoil it after American uprising (8)
19/14 Klingon sheltering injured lad, boy from Adelaide getting a meal not often served at Fawlty Towers (7,5)
21 Rustic to feed sow (7)
22 He forges ahead, say (6)
26 Broadcast song (3)
28 In serious debt (3)

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