2397: Obit V

2 March 2019

9:00 AM

2 March 2019

9:00 AM

We recently lost a fine 13, whose legacy includes 10 (two words) and 9 (two words), and four other unclued lights (including one of two words and a pair). A further two unclued lights combine with a clued one to give an anagram of the 13’s name (two words); the clued light must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.


6    Hussies cooked no English dishes (6)
12    Liberal started gobbling bananas (10, hyphened)
14    Musicians once in depression about dead uncle (7)
15    Made ordinary valuer happy with digs (10)
16    Revolting hymn snubbed by a Swedish city (7)
22    Pleasantness of little woman having Spike back (7)
23    Inattentive fellow cut fellow (4)
26    Elected judges found in the underworld (7)
30    African swaggered when speaking (4)
31    Docked dog shut up for supporting Richard III? (7)
34    Some blaring brass (4)
36    Icebox ox had transported north (7)
38    Thankless maniac large and unfit (10)
39    Where there’s cotton hidden in outskirts of Grimsby (7)
40    Brand new material (5)
41    Trustee being of use and working hard (10)
42    Valentine possibly with poison poetry! (6)
43    Less subdued is life with rash criminal (8)


2    Held only child with love across Spain (8)
3    Balmoral’s ducks aristos heard (5)
4    Blueness nearly spoiled wavy mouldings (7)
5    Country workers spurning my good soil (7)
6    Greeting from Lapp welcoming Bert (6)
7    No longer scorn emblem First State adopted (6)
8    Chardin’s images of fish — French art (5)
11    Parent and sib upset another clan member? (9)
18    Insects have short lifetime (5)
19    Mole, insectivore primarily, getting dinner of shrubs (9)
21    Writer or two the wagon conveys (5)
25    Flowers came up covering one acre (8)
29    Woman using car in Sri Lanka and Austria (7)
32    Constant knight keeping buffalo in African village (6)
33    Sacred writings from rising French author not about us (6)
35    Lass that’s cuckoo and not quite moral (5)
37    Cry from hill top tenor emitted (5)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 18 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 2397, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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