2508: Grovels

29 May 2021

9:00 AM

29 May 2021

9:00 AM

The unclued lights, (one pair, one hyphened and one of two words) are of a kind. One clue leads to a number.


10 Alpine skier initially taking exercise by Norway’s top ski-resort (5)

11 Bowler in Anglo-French waters (6)

12 Most of the month witnesses are heard. That’s novel! (7)

16 Capital oil change in neutral (10)

17 Scots have broken amulet with little hooks (8)

20 Call round for drummer (5)

21 Shouts as ogre’s cuddling Doc? (7)

22 Hear Irish river lament (5)

27 Small flat’s ready (3)

31 You once receive records of evidence of Fido’s excitement (5)

33 Perthshire village where wretched artist is taken in (7)

34 Don’t tell the truth, say, about feudal lord (5)

35 Revel madly in bed – with this on top? (8)

36 County fellow in monarch’s broadcast (10)

38 High spot is getting married in a church (4)

41 After golf, what’s next? Gleneagles? (5)

42 Best sellers? (14, two words)


1 Maraschino and suet mixed for Argentinians, say (14, two words)

2 Beams put up reportedly (4)

4 Cross-reference what’s leaked (7)

5 For making carpet tiles, maybe (5)

6 Like a spring festival, it seems, sustaining a cold wind (8)

7 Pastureland on half the county drains away (7)

8 Dogs unsuited to supply puzzles for The Scotsman? (14, two words)

9 Some amigos a-plenty up in US city (6, two words)

13 Twisted twig becomes dry right away (5)

15 Soldiers’ pipes (5)

18 See 29 Down

19 Doctor Ewing, oarsman and viticulturist (10, hyphened)

23 Dismissed actor left 1D grafting French bloom (8)

26 Some bird getting cold, sneezing because of this (7)

29/18 He composed Martha and Little Florence in honour of Weber, initially (6)

32 Bird’s lavatory humour? (6)

35 Songbirds in beech at Sandringham (5)

37 1551 regularly appearing in Medellin (4)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 14 June. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. Please scan or photograph entries and email them (writing ‘2508 DOC’ in the subject field) to – the dictionary prize is not available. We will accept postal entries again at some point. Apologies that there was a numbering error in last week’s crossword. The different subject field for this week’s will be used to separate the entries. Entries for last week’s marked 2507 will of course be included.

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