2253: Your starter for ten

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

26 March 2016

9:00 AM

One ‘unclued’ light, as the title suggests, can be paired (on one occasion twice) with each of the other unclued lights, (one of two words), all verifiable in Brewer. Alphabetical order takes priority in the unclued solution at 36A.


1    Builders’ aid marketed outside greasy spoon in Gabon (11)
7    Chap who’s affected flashy older people, primarily (3)
13    Parts of heart sometimes rum and Asti pepped up (7)
15    Barlow’s holding Deirdre, finally laments (5)
16    Thinks the duck had returned (5)
17    Sale is arranged for French bundle (6)
18    Angry marauder topped (5)
21    Bird circling round a fenced enclosure (5)
22    Old advice about dry plonk (3,4)
27    Back to bad old ways, is drinking again, we’re told (7)
29    March 7th, say, is a largely extraordinary thing (5)
32    Knowing engagement will follow a romance in the end (5)
34    Sticky small bit of Elastoplast girl holds (6)
37    Almost the most insignificant stretches of water (5)
38    Display case with peculiar rivet in (7)
39    Unending severe wind (6)
41    Brought up in most of county in built-up surroundings out east (11)


1    Document’s details causing row about pedestrian area (10, two words)
2    Attacks top class 40s car first (8, two words)
4    Mislay a single pod broadcast and become flustered (12, three words)
5    List that is including edited version of Times (7)
6    No precise boundaries where pensioners live? (8, two words)
12    A new clergyman from the mountains (6)
14    Dubya’s brother and government with a letter concerning FBI chief (12, three components)
19    Yes! Helped a poor lazy fellow (10)
21    Distance of trek — round mile, roughly (9)
23    Bird showing passion during display (8)
24    His hobby’s a buzz! (8)
25    Rose with weapon, we’re told (6)
26    Ineffective advice to the extravagant (7)
31    Some clear science lessons in Scotland (5)
35    Novel heroine rising in the morning before me (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 11 April. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. (UK solvers can choose to receive the latest edition of the Chambers dictionary instead of cash — circle the word ‘dictionary’.) Entries to: Crossword 2253, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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