2151: Sources

1 March 2014

9:00 AM

1 March 2014

9:00 AM

Three theme words which must be deduced each suggest three unclued lights (including one of two words and ignoring one definite article). The word which connects the three theme words must be highlighted in the completed grid. Unchecked and cross-checking letters in all unclued lights could spell: KOREANS CAN SOON LEARN.


1    Sadly embracing such silly sweethearts (8)
8    Bit of door said to stick (4)
11    Refined orgy’s rendered with Homeric adjective (12, hyphened)
14    Cut segment of mollusc is sore (7)
17    Bone a northern Parisian’s read about (4)
18    Speed ingested by extremely naughty old slapper (6)
22    Publish English Scriptures (8)
23    They aren’t classical ways to protect servicemen (7)
25    Collected pence and coppers around city (6)
27    Makes fattier compound plants, changing direction at first (7)
29    Force in Ireland keeping jerk in government (8)
33    In second round, knock out quiet Glaswegian squirt (6)
34    Desire to tuck into hamburger (4)
35    Called for part of egg with frown (5)
37    Delivery notice sent out of habit (7)
38    Poet’s ways in, poet said (5)
39    It’s passed on in present poem intended to move adult (12)
41    Rotters holding subdued audits (8)


1    Unpleasant gas from ham sarnie (6)
2    Poet is out of wood (4)
3    Football team from south swallowing unknown medicines (6)
5    Numbers obsessive thus enters guess, oddly (10)
6    Hesitation after a Rector’s ousted from irreligious age (7)
7    Grand poser, old fool, provides US food (11, hyphened)
10    Salt, pinch, about to get consumed (6)
15    Poor student, cautious about sex, has both hands round soldier (11, hyphened)
19    Try too hard with parts of test before school (10)
20    Old goat’s job to make a bit of an entrance (8)
21    Painter with 35 is in bed (9)
26    Parts of heads spoiled after injury (7)
28    How pupils may be organised without reading supplements (7)
29    They shun smut, by the way, covering up what’s lewd (6)
31    German landlords providing spirits (6)
32    It’s safe to stroke lady in the East End (5)
36    Utter nationalist kept in check (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 17 March. There are two runners-up prizes of £20 (or, for UK solvers, the latest edition of The Chambers Dictionary — ring the word ‘Dictionary’). Entries to: Crossword 2151, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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