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

channel201607

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

fawlty

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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No.14 May 2016

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Across
1 Pull in second rent for relatively small place (7)
5 As in Rat Pack? (7)
9 Monkey with a lion and a cat in Spain (9)
10 Alongside one little ray of sunshine (5)
11 Two women joined Waugh (6)
12 Potential problems caught out Prince (7)
14/7 “Permission granted to duplicate the shopping centre!” said by way of consolation (3,4,3,4,3)
16 Insect told to fly (4)
18 Leave out 4 chap with no backing (4)
20 Theatrical pairing fan with perfume (10)
23 Christian-era priest overturned nonsense often and loudly, for example (7)
24 Rapid mountain climber didn’t stop to eat? (6)
27 Got up and got around, say (5)
28 At length, perhaps none exist (2,7)
29 21 with paper cleaning cloth (7)
30 Command a branch of the police backing Catherine, perhaps (7)
Down
1 Fine notice finally ending with surprising exclamation: “it’s all good!” (7-3)
2 How Bertie Wooster was heard to greet French painter? (7)
3 Idle Spooner describing lateness of ancient vessel (8)
4 Small, metallic, heartless (4)
5 Person from Croatia pulls up spikes around river (9)
6 Elderly relative going to church without you, finally – a fine distinction (6)
7 See 14 Across
8 Gives weapon to planet with reduced mass (4)
13 We panic in a pew, say (10)
15 Extremely thuggish, to steal from singer with a pulse (9)
17 Very big job’s absurd (8)
19 Where keyholes are often found at home (7)
21 Lady X pulled in feeler (7)
22 Division of parts of speech e.g. nerd might make (6)
25 Employed American journalist (4)
26 Made water drug (4)

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No 13 April 2016

kevin3

Across
1/9 Poet dancing naked, having partaken of French wine by firelight – matchless! (5,7)
4 Exploding cigar intended to obscure vision? (5,4)
9 See 1
10 A type of booster seat? (7)
11 Cut out drinking half of beer, as recommended by Doc? (8)
12 Happy’s howl about Witch’s final ingredient: Sneezy’s heart! (6)
14 Attractive person, used to pick up signals (4)
15 Dopey proved not to be home to 1/9 (9)
18 Space chicken gets you entangled? (9)
20 E.g. McDonald’s, place you’d find Sleepy (4)
23 Not at first working to make things go smoothly (6)
24 See 8 Down
26 See 5 Down
27 Tells you where to find “OKE” – could make cognoscenti laugh? (2-5)
28 See 29
29/28 Bashful going west in the last big thunder-storm; with 5/26, a 1/9 memoir (5,3,6)
Down
1 Eking out fodder in volatile type of situation (5-4)
2 6 pitchers for the audience (7)
3 Subtle detail: danced naked after case of Nouveau (6)
4 How to ride two cuts of meat? (4-6)
5/26 Ecstatic to be past those people with nothing on (4,3,4)
6 The panel misconstrued “This thing’s bigger than both of us!” (8)
7 After first month with Paul, at it constantly (2,3,2)
8/24 Potter (‘Arry, good sort) breaking Big Ben, say (5,8)
13 Flatter work about backward vicar to get pay increase (10)
16 Adding machine, or one used for crash testing? (9)
17 Grumpy to admit parking in heavy rain (8)
19 Accept without evidence worker having lie-in around five (7)
21 Was impertinent, like Bottom? (7)
22 Cashew tree seen duing Oaxaca journey (6)
23 Offensive commander rising before musicians (5)
25 But she wasn’t a “blight on” children’s books! (4)

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No 12 March 2016

An Anniversary (of sorts!) 🙂

no12

Across
1 See 29
5 Against swindle; returned painting (6)
10 See 18
11 Python put these tinkers after 12 (7)
12/13 Music you might hear in a dozen saloons (6,3,5)
15 Cops direct extreme weather (4,4)
16 Tip of mine seen in part of battlefield (5)
18/10 Doctor appreciated fifty – or 12? (5,7)
20 Science considered hard as a hard thing before final attempt (8)
23 Tap footwear, holding high note (8)
24 Bonny Bobby’s mine comes to nothing (6)
26 We left first layer, being more hearty (7)
27 Lying as fast as possible? (4,3)
28 Hairdresser’s good chap to lean over (6)
29/1 Oddly, “Midsomer Murders” beat “Dynasty” to become first present on day 12 (8,8)
Down
1 Gold of the French jazz players (6)
2 Without reverence, recall first 2/3 inside in a simple sort of way (15)
3 Make excessive use of UK tax on farm equipment (4,3)
4 Panda’s third to get sick – it could end in a coffin (4)
6 Wrestling upstanding writer aboard vehicle (7)
7 He added up to about nothing in mid-1967 (3,6,2,4)
8 Values female donkeys (8)
9 I’m a male, hence head off divine presence (9)
14 Island cliché, one of 12 (9)
17 One dancing topless beneath a group of 12 (8)
19 Loudly blow up railway, then take it easy (7)
21 Hamper I put together for a son of one of 12 sons (7)
22 A group of 12 insects without direction (6)
25 Half-carry, even for a great distance (4)

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No 11 February 2016

db130116

Across
1 Goat feels clumsy (13)
9 Implement 10 in America near Illinois (7)
10 Wine business with a concealed entrance (7)
11 Chilling in St Clair periodically? Yes (5)
12 Weak, like hens? (9)
14 Man in Beatles song at this time and place (7)
16 Hunter’s attendant, soldier, capturing high ground to east (7)
18 Bung Bob a posh hat (7)
19 Buddhist shrines may be sabotaged without Mr Lawrence (7)
20 Being in command of vessel to east of Sultana, perhaps (9)
22 Back-rub Master gives somewhere east of Suez (5)
24 Are they stuck in rented accomodation? (7)
26 See, unseen part of stage is source of cattle sounds (7)
27 Partner’s position at hospice is as doctor (13)
Down
1 Musical form associated with King and country? (5)
2/4 That heathen Mr Woo, perversely sheltering the unloved Dr Flick? (3,3,3,4,2,5)
3 Described paramilitary organisation’s composition (5)
4 See 2
5 Sodium and phosphorus found on surface of fabric (3)
6 Real thing? Strangely, 2/4 wasn’t one (9)
7 Say, nice furniture! (5)
8 Very large things taken from Belgian city, subsequently somewhat short (8)
13 Overdramatising Bond character home from the east between two Russian ladies (4,2,5)
14 Outstanding organ passages? (8)
15 Were carriers once people who send things away? (9)
17 “Absolute Beginners” and “Middlemarch”, thinly disguised as a different production (9)
21 H. E. Bates character partial to early diagnosis (5)
22 Missile launcher that is also a type of knife (5)
23 Fabled author of “A Question Upheld” (5)
25 Like so endlessly gross (3)

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No.10 December 2015

ChannelXmas'15

Across
1 Tries to extract information from footwear (5)
4 Auckland suburb of equal value to Mistress Gwyn (7)
8 Prime minister? (5)
11 Bond’s boss is crazy? I say, hard cheese! (9)
12 “The Saint” – new film set around part of Auckland (9)
13 How helium balloons work as emergency transports (8)
14 Chap endlessly fêted Dame before 33 summer holiday (10)
16 Remove stoppage from unopened protective screen (7)
17 Ransack belongings to find what 22 used (5)
19 Love food? Try muesli (but skip the Spanish chicken starter) (5)
20 Feel so undressed, being gifted seven-fold in 13/38 (4)
21 Talk first, talk pointlessly, talk like a bird-brain! (7)
22 Fully comprehensive cover lets him make a killing (6)
26 He speaks for a Tory, rejecting extremes (6)
27 In favour of tree being in proportion (3,4)
28 Oddly priggish gift in 13/38 (4)
31 Maya to complain about Ms Wolf (5)
33 Maya to stroll westward to find indigenous folk (5)
34 Crack-head metal-head removed – a headcase (7)
35 Do they think they will salivate when shown meringue desserts? (10)
37 Type of scheme to add sulphur to ancient monuments (8)
39 Encourage small part of organisation that sends vital information to Head? (5,4)
40 Butler at nightclub in Casablanca, I hear, eats duck while making studies of effective speaking (9)
42 Park a ship on the rocks… (5)
43 …more than half broken in two, with crack edging towards relaxation area (3,4)
44 Sacred syllable spoken in acidic surroundings, giving extra clout (5)
Down
1 Type of chart found in plunder once traitor ousted (3)
2 Maya, RNZ’s Jim, and (I hear) Mr Apple shortly to get taonga (11)
3 Fold-up radiation protection (3,5)
4 Woody, long-standing supporter of solar-powered air fresheners; Green, but may turn Red (10)
5 Heart of true love, extremely standard (4)
6 Talk about a little boredom (5)
7 Times of greatest exposure left anything from Yorkshire to middle of month (3,5)
8 Think about Yogi? (4,2,4)
9 Tattoo with aircraft peripherals (7)
10 Flyer could hardly circulate more widely at present time (6,9)
13/38 “‘E ate kangaroo pie!” – punk rock version of traditional song (1,6,2,1,5,4)
15 A musical composition from 26 10 (8)
18 Licence to unleash verbal torrent (4,4)
23 Naïve style of art, one with German flying bomb inverted in glass (11)
24 Pinafore, say? Red, say? Police are called up (5,5)
25 Difficult to judge Kiwi in song (6,4)
29 Drinkers with elevated BMI placed on biers, sadly (8)
30 A knockout (twice!) on “Dynasty” as 33 10? (4,)
32 Front of watch with various edges exchanged (7)
36 Tony longs to remove togs of silky material (5)
38 See 13
41 Note: back tailless horse (3)

An Xmas Xword!

No.9 November 2015

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Across
1 Spooner’s fool yells: “They keep us in our places!” (9)
6 Unforgettable engagement, if not entirely fashionable (5)
9 Pick out odd bits from strange signature (3)
10 Groans came from this castle as Goth sang R.E.M. composition (11)
11 Case of Egyptian name attached to ancient deities (6)
12 Steam whistles from duck pie simmering on ring (8)
14 With taste, like Inspector Morse unendearingly wearing a type of trousers popular in the 60s (9)
15 Type of mint stick (5)
16 Nicely 14, like former Ancient Egyptian ruler with tail covering head (5)
18 A curator’s translated Iroquoian (9)
20 Not to everyone’s taste, say, like the Beatles (8)
22 One worshipped in Ancient Egypt’s dry about a bird (3-3)
24 The bisexual arrangement won’t last forever (11)
25 Employ American English (3)
26 Every so often, stood daddy a drink (5)
27 Start to fish by seaside for joined shells (9)
Down
1 When a flapper causes a stir in faraway places (9,6)
2 One last letter turned up after publication, leading to thin material (7)
3 Roving fighter and sailor returned with gold booty – The End (9)
4 Pocket funds, lose 25, escalate fraud (4)
5 On journey she provides meal, and a garment with top folded over (10)
6 Demon star, nestled in astral gold (5)
7 Shell donated by shipwrecked sailor? (7)
8 Like old trousers? (2,5,4,4)
13 Curiously thematic divinity included third ‘R’ (10)
15 Religious leader appears in “Ascend” – a popular TV show (4,5)
17 Silently chewed exclamation? (7)
19 Impose, raising a stink with Ms Stein (7)
21 Impudent, like gravy! (5)
23 Is imprisoning bisexual, one venerated in Ancient Egypt (4)

Donald, Where’s Your Troosers?

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No.8 October 2015

grid

Across
1/8 Mummers sighted in drama, performing “The Comedy of Errors” perhaps? (1,9,6,5)
6 Bird’s pale (4)
10 Nick her unlikely lover? (Almost great article follows…) (7)
11 Alert to standard of socialism (3,4)
12 Hurtful remark to Eliza Doolittle? He’s often cutting. (6)
14 Resistor planted a type of bomb in clapped-out toaster (8)
16 Innocent little devil gave away direction beforehand (9)
19 Flirted with model and mountaineer (5)
20 Negatives permitted during recesses (5)
21 Hollow where unmarried couples live; church takes note (9)
23 Nastily, I break concentration (8)
24 Mechanical man given new head with bigger handles (6)
28 Fury results from great time (7)
29 Hunt around shell-like lining for opposite of 2 (7)
31 School backing do, for example (4)
32 Worker said to have vital money bag for Queen’s retainers (10)
Down
1 Tuck 22’s head in, as 24 did in 1/8 (badly, for the most part) (3)
2 Bury’s a region of interest (5)
3 Lightly burn grass blade at end (5)
4 Made drunk by this? (4)
5 With 2, she’s a source of vulgarity (10)
7 Herb reports a riot (4,5)
8 See 1 Across
9 Evil spirit, head lowered, not returning to provincial capital (8)
12 Suit working holiday-maker travelling around a loch (11)
13 Boy quietly on a roll (3)
15 Drinks in bar lead to erotic display (10)
17 Do a bit of extra work, like 10 sheds on Uranus (9)
18 Lover of falsehood said to have attachment to power tool? (8)
22 Shoo Head away from pet (3)
25 Great globe seems to contain it (5)
26 As God is in one, Christians believe (5)
27 Merry wanderer who claimed he could lap the I.S.S. (4)
30 Husband exists as property of “male” (3)

“This be” the verse…

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