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.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 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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No 11 February 2016

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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

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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)

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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)

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No.8 October 2015

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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)

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No. 5 July 2015

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Across
1/1D 17 7, a dark-haired forest-dweller, meets bad end (10)
4 Intensify a mild irritation, say, with great fervour (9)
9 Song in which scoundrel gets imprisoned, resulting in idyllic state (7)
10 See 23
11 Beat something you can beat without end, boy (4)
12 Doctors one article in fundamental science (10)
14 We own everything around, yes? No (3,5)
15 Girl’s nail chipped and torn, causing medical condition (6)
17 Constant speed’s appropriate (6)
19 Miserable, heartless war made a deep impression (8)
22 Consume pork pie, perhaps, after unexpected event (3,4,3)
23/10 Casually mentioned how “enamel” was translated to the Spanish? (4-7)
26 Backstreet hairdresser? I’m told he overheard opening words to a 16 (3,4)
27 “Out, pain, out!” – somewhat unrealistic? (7)
28 Tenzing helped Everest party leaders gain a foothold, taking this means to stay dry (3,6)
29 Only a small number understand this (5)
Down
1 See 1 Across
2 “Accumulation of wealth” has a harsh sound (7)
3 Josh Key, a 17 7? (4)
4/25 Wiggle out of promise following exploit with “The Property of a Lady” (12)
5 He could come unstitched? (6)
6 Difficult school test – “Where may hammers be found?” (10)
7 Hook, perhaps, where hat hangs above spot initially rejected (7)
8 Another dismal day for servant (5,4)
13 Peter’s sister is not sent up to bed before the end (10)
14 Parcel unwrapped in the course of fitting this could get upset (9)
16/21 Silver may be found here, sure, and ’tis real fancy (8,6)
18 Rope upon which sailor climbs (7)
20 Commanding direction of vessel (7)
21 See 16
24 Modern story reveals predecessor of Mach, follower of Max, and the origin of Blofeld (5)
25 See 4

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No 1. March 2015

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Across
1 Two banks and a bed: something you can see right now! (7)
5 You love being shaken up (within sober limits) (6)
9 A cool tech product you can eat (9)
10 Foreman losing right to make a mistake (5)
11 An angry 18 ac, like this one (6)
12 Small part of plant’s a flyer (7)
14 Support part of side for game (10)
16 Deceiver has change of heart in hideout (4)
18 Collude regularly to get a hint (4)
19 Surface endlessly varied for underwater adventurers (4,6)
21 Exercise caution where the hammer falls (7)
22 Plans were made to reveal what you seek (6)
26 Deny returning potato, for instance (5)
27 “What are you doing now?” – never uttered in a perfect marriage! (9)
28 Support for hard-boiled type with brittle exterior (6)
29 Snoopy’s captured the Silverback Bunch! (7)
Down
1 Company, care of a hot drink (5)
2 The morning before our love affair (5)
3 It’s glaringly obvious none developed cancer, for example (4,4)
4 Lie about what you’re using to solve this puzzle (4)
5 Model, plus blonde? Enchanted! (10)
6 Record and preserve snarl-up (6)
7 Cry of the Dalek skin-care specialist? (9)
8 Dog’s like me? (6)
13 Pa’s mocking outlandish garment worn by Victorian gents (7,3)
15 Hold tight to claim accessory (6,3)
17 Greek God of noisy revels caught in rising bubble (8)
18 Pursued, I hear – but never caught? (6)
20 Critic spilling a type of acid (6)
23 False Romeo wearing torn gown (5)
24 Blooming rosy! (5)
25 Sad 18 ac, like this one (4)

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