2289: I don’t believe it!

3 December 2016

9:00 AM

3 December 2016

9:00 AM

The unclued lights, as a singleton and four pairs with one unclued light doing double duty, are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Two of the unclued lights are of three words, one including an abbreviation. All but one of the remaining unclued lights are of two words. Ignore two apostrophes.


10    Help for a newsreader reporting a traffic jam? (7)
11    Museum’s not the first to store English works (7)
13    Wild cat, lithe and muscular (8)
16    Arrest a pirate, holding a mammal (5)
18    Key to centre of rare church installation (5)
19    Speak clearly, one having dined with sister in City area first (9)
22    Fish product for a buck, perhaps (3)
24    Indian dramatist born in France (7)
25    Half of the mass that precedes a festival (4)
26    Mixture of honey with wild gean (7)
28    In excellent health, vexed by recurring hallucinations? (7)
30    Alternate boot disc for the audio system (4)
32    Island males with Willie? (7)
33    Sozzled or tipsy – he’s tops! (3)
35    Brewing ale, steins are indispensable (9)
39    Going back a long time, a pound in old money (5)
40    Confusion about one building originally concrete (8)
41    Showed one little boy embracing another (7)
42    No longer acceptable damage diagnosable when Lisa leaves (7, two words)


2    Imprisonment once on French river (7)
5    Dismissed team not admitted (7)
6    Baker’s turnover? (4)
7    Routine with a sack when producing vegetables (9)
8    Lives wildly producing social problems (5)
9    Threatened and caned roughly after I object (7)
12    Showing disdain to press a point in German (8)
17    Has laid out flowers (7)
20    Like Russia once — in dire straits (7)
23    Appearance of crisis with final change (9)
27    Money obtained from VAT once (7)
29    I feel cold (not half!), shivering in frozen sheet (7, two words)
31    Pasta meal, say, and symphony (7)
34    Some brash anklets covering lower part of leg (5)
35    Food item, for example, on top of gammon (3)
36    Bridge-building (5)
38    A little Tory is of help (4)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 2 January. 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 2289, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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