Crossword

2334: Sweet variations

4 November 2017

9:00 AM

4 November 2017

9:00 AM

5 (hyphened) and 14 are types of 37. Remaining unclued lights are other types of 37, given in a form that is either 5 or 14. Unchecked and cross-checking letters in all unclued answers could give: GAPES INDECENTLY— A GOOEY MEAL. Ignore two accents in the completed grid.

 

Across

1  Check’s omitted in alcohol range (8)

8  Paint base on pen (4)

11  Man’s roughly northern (5)

13  250 farm animals in poem (7)

15  Battle about university sell-off (7)

17  A princess in opera? (4)

18  Why Doctor Who’s ordinary (5, two words)

19  Reserve fish, bagging pounds from the freezer? (7, hyphened)

23  Reasons I amended rubbings out (8)

24  Restrained son did agricultural work (7)

25  Reportedly lie level (6)


28  British monarch with career in US TV (7)

30  Neck tie initially gets reduction (8)

34  Stubborn Norway leaves alliance with English (7)

35  Rector wearing hooligan’s anoraks (5)

36  Lessen on-line bill, on reflection (4)

38  Nurture vagrant that’s less trustworthy (7)

39  Make dirty marks with char coming round (5)

41  Dodgy state broadcaster (5)

42  Homme de lettres embraces darling Irish girl (4)

43  Gets stressed over British taxes (8)

 

Down

1  Not quite that stupid referring to Sirius (6)

2  She’s expecting to be prudish (4)

3  Function in club involving ecstasy and cocaine (6)

4  Change price of potato, always about to eat it (7)

6  Cold-blooded beasts attacked us again (7)

8  What cricketer hopes to do, getting stick (5)

9  College head accepting drop in intimacy (9)

12  Round his place, right, needing a tidy-up? (9)

16  Feel dubious novel is a French work (11, three words)

21  One actor’s merry dances (9)

22  Looked to gather knowledge that’s made plain (9)

27  Pilfering syrup with fruit, wanting recipe (7)

29  Nonets seen, and with a new arrangement (7)

32  Units in physics with females keeping track (6)

 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 20 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 2334, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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