2291: Seriously?

7 January 2017

9:00 AM

7 January 2017

9:00 AM

In ten clues, the wordplay omits one of the letters of the solution. These letters in the grid, read row by row, complete the missing two words of an 11-word quotation (in the ODQ) given by five unclued entries. The other unclued entries give the name of the speaker. If these same letters in the grid are read column by column, they give a relevant location.


1    Miracle-worker likely to conceal end of trick (5)
10    Amazing bird played with niece (10)
11    I go in with my partner more exposed (6)
12    Number Ten haggled with Germany (7)
15    Angola imports my fruit (5)
16    Bieber talked oddly — it’s creepy (6)
22    The euro’s adapted to accommodate Norway till now (8)
23    More cunning character having laugh, but not five times (7)
24    Goose forming part of dinner (4)
27    Seaman with military intelligence took in salt (7)
29    One to distribute one’s money, being impractical (8)
32    Each man pursues acting (6)
34    Spotty faced fellow leaves (5)
36    Like a horse sporting a bridle (7)
37    King to gain when Prince quits dance (6, hyphened)
38    A bullet men shot before the war (10)
39    It’s bad pretending needle is blocking pack of hounds (9)
40    At Ibrox, predict a card (but not a red card) (5)


2    What’s displayed on iPhone, extremely large (5)
3    Struggling in a net is instinctive (6)
4    Guess old reader misinterpreted English (7)
5    Dicky has a temper and altered wording (10)
6    Shoddy, fashionable hospital gets in rent (7)
7    Pick ends of the ultimate magic carpet (5)
8    Exaggerate governor’s position (9)
9    Brake sailors applied to empty frigate (4)
13    Stopping Arab mount, Ezra painted woman (7)
15    Legally cancels publicity spaces (6)
17    ‘Refuses’ crime, getting bones broken (10)
18    Like leftovers you eventually tidy up (7)
20    Lying to improve Manchester team (9)
21    Ailing uncle finally died satisfied (6)
26    Less rubbish around league (7)
30    Setback in this competition (6)
31    Make a stand against rowdy party (5)
33    Was able to pass around United (5)
34    Shrewd ruler abolishes Monday (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 January. 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 2291, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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