Crossword

2272: Holiday time

6 August 2016

9:00 AM

6 August 2016

9:00 AM

In eight clues, cryptic -indications omit reference to parts of answers; these parts must be highlighted, to reveal two words. Two unclued lights are definitions of the first word; the second word defines each of six unclued lights.

Across

11    Mineral, concrete and stone around (7)
12    Insane broadcast in colour (6)
16    Game with electronic ray (5)
19    Mass of plants, say, scattered around lake (7)
23    Flag outside shelter reflected in metal articles (7)
24    Tree in Durham landscape (4)
30    Being about to break even (7)
31    Greek poet endlessly effective (4)
32    Gong following noble part of organ (7)
34    Seaweed around stern (4)
35    Area behind purple edges of unusual feather (7)
37    Novel I type, showing devotion (5)
40    Measure length in clippings (5)
42    Numbed when prime minister retired (6)
43    Bank disrupted by stray dog (7)
44    Bunting on ground spread before parade (11, hyphened)

Down


1    Apt helper is working in clerical position (11)
2    Joined up with appeal, wanting a place of worship (6)
3    Flap near cat (5)
5    Inscription over school (4)
6    Explosion disposing of barrels in cargo (4)
7    Hurt soul, new member of community (7)
8    Climbing eastern volcano, keeping current course (7)
9    Severe, belonging to union, accepting line (9)
10    Discloses formerly leading pair of universal remedies (7)
15    Hassle, not parking in compound (5)
17    Spray space without mark in middle of wall (7)
18    Publicists mask a regime in disarray (11, hyphened)
20    Unwind rope initially in centre of wheel (7)
22    Splash around border causing rumpus (9)
26    Spot on manuscript appears (5)
28    Curse extremes of endless abuses (7)
29    Clappers are indeed supporting nonsense (7)
36    Rug in ragged strip (5)
38    Journeys northward, losing time in Scottish search (4)
39    Clear stretch of smooth road (4)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 August. 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 2272, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

 

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