2527: The main dilemma

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

9 October 2021

9:00 AM

Three unclued lights together form an eight-word question from a well-known song. The song’s protagonist suggests the other five unclued lights (including one hyphened), which are anagrams of words of a kind (including one of two words), all confirmed by Chambers.



1 Spectre behind paper awning (8)

8 Fellow enters Washington Democratic Party (4)

13 Poet suitable for everyone in a study (5)

14 They succeed with shots in archery (7)

15 Admiral one’s seen on the water (5)

16 English with last word about evacuation procedure (5)

21 After some years, new church shows moral decline (9)

24 Once saw a lot of sea cucumber (6)

25 Ass losing energy by a group of plants (6)

27 One in lush orgy cavorting playfully (9)

31 One will cut duty on a lot of food (6, hyphened)

32 Fish was malodorous (5)

33 Viscous substance on books is fragrant stuff (5)

35 Best to follow bully – it’s a bit of a shock (7)

36 Cups great for barbecue in Cape Town (5)

38 Spring having an extra day? (4)



1 Silver and green section around Indian paradise (6)

2 Heartlessly, yes becomes no (4, hyphened)

3 Glaswegian assesses wine on board (6)

4 Abroad, he ran for Prime Minister (5)

5 Captain in sea – he’d ordered boats (10)

6 Put off one tucking into fresh neat ale (8)

7 Car buyer’s grim time moving dead flower (11, hyphened)

8 Like a cyst: flipping novel and extremely nasty (5)

9 Kind of plastic train tracks in colony (9)

12 Saw welcoming leaders, on time, getting bonus (9)

15 Dividing up spartan home, coming in mine (11)

18 Illness to leave blemish on Mexican girl? (10)

20 Key setter’s turned up by end room, perhaps (9, two words)

23 Clerical garb includes footwear (8)

28 Native islanders wander around island (6)

29 Bard’s to destroy old king in crown (6)

30 Nothing down for total (5, hyphened)

31 Might former PM shut up? (5)

34 Rebuilt Iona’s temples (4)


A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 25 October. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. Please scan or photograph entries and email them (including the crossword number in the subject field) to – the dictionary prize is not available. We will accept postal entries again at some point.

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