Crossword solution

Solution to 2552: 😀

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The emoticon which formed the title of the puzzle suggested George Smiley, Le Carré’s nemesis of MI6 moles, ordered as…

2551: Madness - solution

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The four-letter word was BAND. Unclued lights suggest bandicoot (7A),bandh (11), banda (41), bandana (1D), bandoneon (3), bandook (7D), bandar…

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…

2549: Obscurity – solution

23 April 2022 9:00 am

PALE FIRE is a novel by Vladimir NABOKOV (18). Synonyms of words in the novel’s title are 7, 15A, and…

2548: Poem VII - solution

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The poem is ‘Rondeau’ by Leigh Hunt. Its first three words as quoted in ODQ are ‘JENNY KISSED ME’ (diagonally…

2547: Ascending order - solution

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are phrases which include the numbers from 1 to 7, with 1 featured twice. First prize John…

2546: Picture book - solution

2 April 2022 9:00 am

NICOLAS POUSSIN painted ET IN ARCADIA EGO and A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME. The latter inspired ANTHONY POWELL,…

2545: With a twist - solution

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Suggested by 41, the other unclued lights were worms entered backwards in the grid. To comply with the preamble, 6…

2544: Fives - solution

19 March 2022 9:00 am

First prize Leigh Hughes, Bootle, Merseyside Runners-up Francis Wheen, Pleshey, Essex; Robin Jolly, Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex Got something to…

2543: Parts of Speech - solution

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Unclued lights are the many parts each man plays, from the ‘Seven ages’ speech by Jaques (29D) in As You…

2542: Wider II - solution

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights and COMPOSERS (35A) are RIBBONS/Gibbons (1A), MAILER/Mahler (7), RAMEAN/Rameau (25), WANTON/Walton (26A), DELICES/Delibes (46), RAVENER/Tavener (1D), BELLING/Bellini…

2541: Beastly - solution

26 February 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights form a quartet of three-word terms, each of which has the letter count of (6,6,6) which is…

2540: Recycling components - solution

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Unclued lights (PLAY, WITH, HOLD, DOWN) comprise components for the unclued cyclic sequence PLAY WITH, WITHHOLD, HOLD DOWN and DOWNPLAY.…

2539: Wider - solution

12 February 2022 9:00 am

The six unclued lights and PLAYWRIGHTS (35/26) are FETCHER/Fletcher (13), CHILLER/Schiller (22), WESTER/Webster (34), MEANDER/Menander (38), PRIESTLY/Priestley (6) and COTEAU/Cocteau…

2538: Green Light! Cross! - solution

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are towns on Gozo (go + zo are defined in the puzzle’s title). Apologies that this crossword…

2537: My Lord! - solution

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The exchange that gave rise to the expression CURATE’s (19 Down) Egg was ‘I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg,…

Christmas crossword 2021 - solution

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The NATIVITY (89) of the ACTOR (37) HUMPHREY BOGART (47/13), the singers ANNIE LENNOX (112/12) and IAN BOSTRIDGE (4/61), the…

2536: At rest - solution

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (3 composers, 3 artists and 3 writers) are all buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery. The name should…

Solution to 2535: Triplets

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Each unclued lights include one letter three times. The wording of the preamble precludes ALLYLS (2D which would be the…

2534: Off-pitch - solution

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are cricket fielding positions. The clues contain the names of 12 present and former England cricketers: Old,…

2533: Monday’s Child - solution

11 December 2021 9:00 am

‘From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began’ opens JOHN DRYDEN’s Song for ST CECILIA’S DAY (22 November, a…

2532: Patchy? - solution

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are TV detectives and their PATCH: 10/8, 13/5D, 15/39, 26/41, 36/33. First prize Emma Corke, Abinger Hammer,…

2531: Villainy - solution

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are VILLAINS encountered by James Bond. First prize Ian Skillen, Cambuslang, Glasgow Runners-up Liz Knights, Walton Highway,…

2530: Ups and downs - solution

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The quotation is ‘LAUGH, AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU; WEEP, AND YOU WEEP ALONE’ from Solitude by Ella Wheeler…

2529: Formerly - Solution

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Each of the unclued lights can be preceded by OLD. First prize Heather McLaren, Seaford, East Sussex Runners-up Rupert Cousens,…