2300: The law

11 March 2017

9:00 AM

11 March 2017

9:00 AM

Each of ten clues comprises a definition part and a hidden consecutive jumble of the answer including one extra letter. Extras in Across clues spell a definition of three unclued lights, and extras in Down clues spell a definition of three unclued lights; these definitions combine to spell a definition of three unclued lights.


1    Provided police report, quite emollient (8, hyphened)
8    My mistake, very big, about work (4)
11    Deprecators doubted nuclear survival (12)
14    Nervous man among drunkards returning jar (7)
17    Study odd parts of test for negative effects (5)
22    Tasted cabbage, mostly acceptable with wine (8)
23    Sailor has worked in Cornish town (7)
24    Hemingway? Keen storyteller (6)
25    Cattle follow a course south (6)
27    Harry’s band unbeaten in old battle (7)
29    Tax rye, sadly sparse (8)
33    Commander securing aim in programme (6)
34    Hapless, idiotic stake (5)
35    Left enthralled by cool disc (4)
37    See women’s quiet assistance poorly rewarded (7, hyphened)
38    Snares around in grass (5)
40    Salmon in time eaten by parrot (4)
41    Buildings with colonnades, special variable kinds (8)


1    Provinces thus stabilised (6)
2    Extra payment, not British responsibility (4)
3    Church in move upset ancient people (6)
4    Debates at sea over birds (7)
5    Note anger about new money in county (10)
6    Go faster than offensive mob to Utopia (7)
8    Shell, old, not fine (5)
10    Well-informed material mostly about saints (6)
13    Unusual feel on smooth part of bat (8, hyphened)
15    Relieve tension about retreat, keeping connection with base (11, three words)
19    Feeble column, maybe, by apologist (10, hyphened)
26    Phosphorescence in view around a tree (7, hyphened)
28    Sole crumpled covering insect sheds (7, hyphened)
29    Rodent, thin, not mobile in marketplace (6)
31    Grass throughout courtyards (6)
32    Beginning in hard area below mountain (5)
36    Old-fashioned practice receiving good press (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 March. 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 2300, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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