8 July 2017

9:00 AM

8 July 2017

9:00 AM

The subtraction reveals the link between the unclued lights which saw light then. Three unclued lights consist of two words, and others form four pairs. In addition, a personal announcement is revealed clue by clue, for starters.


1    Jaunty seat astern with hot bearing (13, two hyphens)
9    Unitarian’s cross, interrupted by vulgar Canadian leader (7)
11    Lover coming back with very English turn (7)
13   Yemen’s wind is whirling, low murmur initially (6)
15    This animal is clumsily laden (5)
19    Horizontal figure showing spirit in new dance (7)
20    Entice with a pamphlet, we’re told (7)
23    Fruit less decomposed around mid-October (5)
24    Othar rewrote the Pentateuch (5)
26    Unruly 10, Ali left, somewhat afterwards (7, two words)
29    Raw oyster, perhaps, could turn out revivable after losing shell (7)
30    Thanks second of groundsmen, putting covers for the rain on pitches (7)
35    Employing sails furled and helm lashed a-port? (5)
36    End duty, time to leave, turning without stain (6)
37    New earls of a particular ecological community (5)
39    The BBC’s family members (7)
40    Having been thoughtless, unusual incident arose (13)


1    Woman not quite right, creating atmosphere (5)
3    Having little money, born and died, unknown (5)
4    Exit stream allowed to rush at first (6)
5    Newly altered foot lever (7)
6    Displays Roman sex in uproarious scene (7)
7    Originally African dog, tailless, at backwater (6)
8    Call up memories about cars at church (9)
10    Indicating the connection between three notes on a line (10)
16    Shield protecting Rome’s safety having fancy tiles, centrally (6)
20    Start unit that’s different for opposing monopolies (9)
21    Eying one German in stud (6)
25    Vociferous call for a hearty pull (7, hyphened)
27    Engineers fool to accept notice (7)
28    Not interesting to study poet (6)
29    Tree Bosnia cultivated (6)
31    Youth leader left – nearly around Ulster town (5)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 24 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 2317, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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