2443: Middle of the road

7 February 2020

10:00 PM

7 February 2020

10:00 PM

The unclued lights are of a kind. Chambers does not include 17D.


4    New cabinet door which bears information (11)
11    Depict England captain Illingworth after drink (7)
12    Unploughed land where member takes in bad air (6, hyphened)
13    In France, he is in school, for the most part (9)
14    Good wild party and very dangerous (5)
19    Flight, first to arrive along take-off strip (7)
23    See and hear connection working (7)
24    Money for short part of a chapter (4)
25    Sleeping attire could be almost these! (7, hyphened)
30    Mass VII arranged for Indian religion (7)
31    Cape familiar to the matador? (4)
32    Tailed horse and bull one night in March (7)
35    He contradicts judge — worried? True! (7)
37    Like Fred Trueman, somewhat savage, leading Yorkshire (5)
41    Very minor piece composed, it’s all in C (9)
42    Carried back is just too much for Pierre (6, two words)
43    Colonial of New France and Canada I bred (7)
44    Increase in opinion of estate with spa (11, two words)


1    Small apprentice, having time in Karachi, befuddled Communist member (11)
3    His life was filmed in Cumbria, naturally (5)
5    Exam to do with rural life, forgetting past (4)
6    Army and navy in lake (4)
7    Demand to go round to pick up (7, two words)
8    Started embracing Irene at first, then Sophie finally at dance (7)
10    Looking seedy, I arrive at the Mediterranean coast (7)
17    Ladies’ hat-maker cut amount of advertising space available (7)
18    Linguistic experts revealing girl in Indian villages (11)
20    Auction item — one that’s quite odd (7)
22    In addition, repair hot tureen (9)
27    Army fellow with small familiar. That’s right! (7)
28    Bishop disturbed in one’s closing prayer (7)
33    Fruit for small sea god (6)
38    Some initiation ceremony from the past (4)
39    It’s seen amongst beta, lambda and others (4, two words; abbreviated)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 24 February. 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 2443, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.
Doc apologises for the error in the clue to 26 Down in last week’s puzzle. ‘Odalisque’ should have read ‘odalique’, as Pabulum originally wrote./>

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