2286: B

12 November 2016

9:00 AM

12 November 2016

9:00 AM

The unclued lights are of a kind. Ignore one grave accent.


1    Hails a picador, awfully exciting (13)
11    Difficult child had fun playing close to school (7)
12    Father has undone Turk’s head (5)
14    As You Like It — a piece of theatre by Shakespeare (6, two words)
16    Peg checks printer’s error in ‘Home on the Range’ (5)
17    Singer in the nude. Get her off! (4)
20    Wonderful rest is disturbed when everyone comes back in (7)
21    French composer having his bird nicely cooked, for starters (7)
23    Almost rescue girl in open country (7)
24    Some cheap oil upset French soldier (5)
25    Brad returned with a plant (5)
27    Frank paid in advance (7, two words)
30    Stuck on index, if fact’s only partially recalled (7)
31    He provides food around terrace (7)
35    Odd members of class war for living space in Spain (4)
36    Small creatures — one following a small king (5)
37    Pointer (mongrel) hurt, losing tail (6)
38    Memory of piece’s finale before the concert (5)
39    Russia’s leader put in charge? Damn! (7)
41    Re-stitches arm that’s lacerated, making spruce? (13, two words)


1    Decline a temptation, reportedly (5)
2    One of my companions starts to plant poppies in grass (5)
3    Resting places with sea so rough! (5)
4    Sloping island, one covered with powder (6)
5    Confines in shacks when wickedness is around (7, two words)
7    Failed playing away from home (6)
8    Everywhere, that’s nothing but a ball, it seems (9, two words)
10    Hire actor fluffing line needing no response (10)
18    Everyone born is taken by grim reaper — and him? (10)
21    I clear cop crashing his vehicle (9, two words)
22    A deerstalker’s put-down? (7)
26    Superior in tiptop accommodation, which is right in theory (7, two words)
28    Form of defence favoured to get around a charge (7)
29    Secret enquiry lacks colour and formality (6)
30    Archbishop of Canterbury from Le Mans (6)
32    Vandalises the ‘hescutcheon’? (5)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 28 November. 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 2286, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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