2229: Gnome

19 September 2015

9:00 AM

19 September 2015

9:00 AM

The third letters of extra words in two dozen clues spell out a 35 (in ODQ 7&8), associated with the 19 31, which explains the remaining unclued lights (all different real words), one of which is the cause of the others and must be shaded.


4    Packed out balls getting odd crew dancing (11)
11    Italian aboard railway takes time travelling (9)
12    Ample jumper one’s wearing (5)
13    Plant gardener’s wife put in ground (grassy) (11)
14    Public showing animation as stunner stripped (4)
15    Jack married after secretary insisted (3)
18    Tom Boon designed buildings for the public good (7, two words)
22    Solemn type wearing reverse of sober fine cloth (6)
23    Acceptable high charge (6)
24    Yankee stops Heather resting (5)
27    Sort swimming in tight trunks (5)
29    Rough painter hit nameless relative (6)
34    Nuts lionise idiotic omission (7)
37    Young man lout did over (3)
38    British potato for greedy bear (4)
40    Aida flies with airbus across a Baltic kingdom (11, two words)
41    Remove fastening from one brooch (5)
42    Skin two fishes (9, two words)
43    Mixed-up arsonist carries pet round gaol (11, two words)


1    Offer period suite eccentric made inflammable (11)
2    Legendary rife flower stiff people talked about (4)
3    Trendy stolid doctor backed medic put in charge of racecourse (11)
5    Split souvenir postcard almost full of vessels (7)
6    Opera Arne composed amazed Ulster (6)
7    Badly made dairy product? Not my select cows! (6)
8    Newspaper’s working method of investigation (7)
10    Letter and leaden book badly ripe for editing (9)
16    Made by no one else, bolder claret feeds drunk (11, hyphened)
17    Type of structure RIBA network established (11, hyphened)
20    Churlish soldier follows him around with ill-will (9)
25    Unknowns curb one past president slapping bohemian politico (5)
28    Cute grandchild hoards most of vital mineral (7)
30    A clumsy girl in love kisses chubby boy (7)
32    Sermon Norman kept for antisocial bedfellow (6)
33    Serious group of gyrating grunge fans (6)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 5 October. 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 2229, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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