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2565: 3 x 2

23 July 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two single words, one a proper noun, four pairs and one trio) share a certain feature.  …

2562: Clear view but no vowels

2 July 2022 9:00 am

The cryptic title of this week’s crossword leads to a five-letter representation of the theme. The unclued lights include two…

2559: Platinum upgrade

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Reading clockwise around the perimeter are six theme words, in random order, one of which starts in square 38. The…

2555: 6 x 2 mixtures

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words) can be resolved into six pairs, in some way related. Ignore one acute…

2553: Island alien

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (15 words in total) are to be arranged to provide a definition from Chambers of one of…

2550: Shorties - solution

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights and those clued without thematic definition (7, 11, 17, 30, 31, 32, 36 and 41) are SHORTened…

2550: Shorties

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights and eight clued without thematic definition are of a kind, expressly confirmed in a section of Chambers.…

2547: Ascending order

19 March 2022 9:00 am

The (unrelated) unclued lights (one of three words, four of two words, (one with an apostrophe), one pair and two…

2544: Fives

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Clues lead to 5-letter solutions. Each set of ten clues is presented in alphabetical order of the solutions. Correct positioning…

2541: Beastly

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are to be resolved into four (unrelated, non-thematic) phrases which share a common format.   Across 12…

2535: Green light! Cross!

15 January 2022 9:00 am

In this pangrammatical puzzle, the unclued lights are of a kind near 21A. Ignore all accents.   Across 7 Fresh…

2535: Triplets

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights, all nouns or verb forms (one is a hyphened plural), include a common feature different in all…

2532: Patchy?

13 November 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words) can be arranged into two associated groups. Across 1 Company accepts blame having…

2529: Formerly

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (five of two words which include three apostrophes) can be preceded by the same word, all confirmed…

2526: Everybody out!

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (individually or as two pairs), one of three words and three of two words, can be preceded…

2523: Monstrous regiment

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are of a kind when preceded by one word, as are the unclued Down lights (one…

2520: 5 4 3 2 1

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights, two of two words and the others as four pairs, are of a kind.   Across 6…

2517: Final line-up

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights appeared at the start under the shaded squares reading row by row from top to bottom (two…

Fifty years of The Spectator crossword

3 July 2021 9:00 am

by Tom Johnson aka Doc   During the early spring of 1971, a package of eighteen unsolicited crosswords arrived in…

2511: Changing places

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The 12 unclued lights (one of two words) are somehow paired and one solution in each pair is of a…

2508: Grovels

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…

2505: Endgame

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one hyphened) are of a kind, confirmed in Chambers. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.   Across 1 I…

2502: Nay-sayers?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer.   Across 4 High-handed relation in…

2500: 50 x 50

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Each solution contains one letter at least once, always omitted in the cryptic wordplay of each clue. This letter and…

2498: Cross-country

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all non-words, but each can be resolved into a pair of thematic solutions. Across 1 Game…