2420: Crafty

10 August 2019

9:00 AM

10 August 2019

9:00 AM

Four unclued lights are thematic and are defined by two others. They are found in The 21 and 2 (also the singular of a fifth unclued light). Another unclued light is partly thematic, yet another was a high officer, whilst a final pair show status. One clued light is an abbreviation.


11    Thankless daughter that’s broken up loves and leaves for season (7)
12    Biblical character with pain in both hands (6)
13    Carpet has nap woven round edge, all in scarlet (9)
14    Fantasy – in short, ecstasy (5)
16    Despots – Middle Eastern – contract lung infection (5)
19    Type of movie with lots of drawings? (7)
21    Nicosia, possibly – it’s in Cyprus (4)
24    King, born a woman, may have been bent (4)
25    ‘Quillwort’ is Old English – exam unfinished (7)
31    Alluring woman stripped for big show (4)
32    Lie concerned with Conservative policy (7)
34    Passage travelled by boat in sound (4)
35    Sign of cut in news exclusive about inflation measure (7)
37    Study book about France’s latest star (5)
40    I’m out to get a radio part, speaking with style (5)
41    Days somewhat hotter soon after Ash Wednesday? (9, two words)
42    Editorial report on songs (6)
43    Cold month outside concerns staff (7)
44    Town cook welcomes serenades (11)


5    Put down, with help from the left (4)
6    Oriental massage given by some attractive Korean models (4, two words)
8    Out to lunch with foreign royalty close to Battersea college (7)
9    First post arrival (9, two words)
10    Pick up, pick up and catch up (7)
15    Senior Army officer nurses torn ligament – aim is off (5, two words)
17    A keen taste for the most part for modern painting medium (7)
18    Unclued class member to reprimand mignonette (11, two words)
20    School dictionary in near tatters (7)
26    Clear, getting the ball to the green… (5)
27    …overtures, perhaps, with former soldiers backing help (7)
29    Plans for Smurf to enter chess knockout (7)
36    Ruth swallows Ecstasy being devout (5)
38    False concept maintaining Rioja’s dry (4)
39    Journey starting in Transvaal, finishing in Windhoek (4)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 26 August. 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 2420, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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