2309: Complicated

13 May 2017

9:00 AM

13 May 2017

9:00 AM

Each of fifteen clues contains a misprinted letter in the definition part. Corrections of misprints spell the four-word title of a work by an artist. Answers to clues in italics are to be treated and entered in the grid as indicated by this title; definitions of resulting entries are supplied by unclued lights. Two clued lights, symmetrically opposite each other, form the artist’s name treated as indicated by part of the title; these lights must be shaded as indicated by the rest of the title.


1    Press covering hollow revolutionary fad? (6)
7    Camp temporarily quiet about frictions (6)
12    Tip about beer containing honey having glossy surface (9)
15    Number in clan in error
16    Put on fellow hooligan (6)
20    Rent almost ready
21    False alarm about Oscar lacking ethics (6)
24    Burn piece of work
26    Lick note in person (4)
27    Fuss about in harem room (3)
28    Ace eccentricity by artist (3)
29    Continue holding line skilfully (4)
32    Second group, not us, with baron in trial (8, two words)
34    Calmed after medication to some extent (6)
35    Scoring shots? Sort we managed (6)
37    Lover, poor lad in corner (7)
39    Fawns in enclosures (6)
42    Enmity’s evil aim is not unknown (9)
43    Living in running water, see, twitching (5)
44    Sea urchin disturbed marine worms (9)
45    Tells tales in music, being around (6)
46    Place unrefined without right art? (6)


2    Sharp copper, stopping dope, succeeded (7, two words)
3    Limber old man triumphed, missing nothing (4)
4    Weary, upset about mobile with electronic fault (7)
5    Noise, rattling can, in lament (8)
6    One of Italy’s cuties, almost hypnotic (6)
8    Scottish supplement about fine language (4)
9    Time with crooner playing instrument (8, two words)
10    Girl with urge wanting good plait (5)
11    Valances restyled as ordered (10)
14    Working late, end up in flat (9)
17    Vehicle lapping very old heap (6)
18    Revolutionary staff line up for arrangement of sentence (9, two words)
19    People in hamlets prepared cheeses (10)
23    So lens distorted admiring expression? (6, two words)
25    Enthusiastic about opening, run out
26    Engages in opinions about rubbish hotel (8)
30    Unionist in French coat
33    In charge in beginning, saving a tree (6)
36    Obtain favour with drunkard before noon (5, two words)
40    Hairy man advanced, breaking exercise up (4)
41    Dust under square bolt (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 29 May. 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 2309, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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