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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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

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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!) 🙂

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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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