2169: Land

5 July 2014

9:00 AM

5 July 2014

9:00 AM

Six items of one kind, reading clockwise, form the perimeter, whilst four unclued lights are of another kind. All ten are in roughly appropriate positions. Solvers must highlight one clued solution which is an anagram of a word that could be added to the title to show what the grid represents.




9    See fine and singular beauty (5)
11    Captures square after French square (6)
12    West Indian youth game to end (5)
14    How unmarried couples live, with church about to be hypocritical (9)
16    Bits of crustaceans in pie are cooked (6)
18    11 return of period pains (8)
21    Wives and noblewoman mostly swallowing tea, it’s said (7)
23    Saw it’s at room temperature? (7)
26    Powerless pro is to strain (5)
28    Accept turning over bad card, getting hearts (8, two words)
31    Touching girl without vigour (6)
32    Swerving, isn’t one following past racing champion? (8)
35    Labourers wasting time in tankers (6)
36    Force collaring old Liberal for fiddles (5)
37    Oil tin, note, with a hole in? (6)
38    Poet’s tenderness with women (5)




1    Confectionery label turned up — abroad, we must eat it (7)
2    Heavens! Hostelry’s admitted it’s low-fat (6)
3    Seasonal gala fellow leaves (7)
4    New Age sort of illumination? (4)
5    Disbelieve poem supporting awful crimes (9)
6    Grass borders before court’s put up again (9, hyphened)
7    Litter in India and China reportedly critical (6)
8    Old team, struggling side, get rusty (7)
10    Poet comprehending trendy Nordic worshipper (7)
17    Inherited Lancaster building (9)
19    Donation raised, in part, to provide energy source (9)
22    Gather it originally involves beneficiary (7)
24    Cheer delicate compound (7)
25    Indian ruler’s pig’s horrid lacy clothing (7)
27    Butterfly right around fireplace (7)
29    Involved representative in international law (6)
30    Wicked satire’s fine lines (6)
34    Indian’s weight considerably raised (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 21 July. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. (UK solvers can choose to receive the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary instead of cash— ring the word ‘Dictionary’.) Entries to: Crossword 2169, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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