Crossword

2340: Booboos

6 January 2018

9:00 AM

6 January 2018

9:00 AM

3 1A (eight words in total, one apostrophe) and 41 23 32 36 (seven words, including two accents) give two quotations (in ODQ) by 17 (two words), which possibly contradict each other or themselves.
 

Across

10    With this cube, making something solid? (5)
11    Resolve to remove head of the BBC (5)
13    Old doctor and children taking shelter (5)
14    Tap – what to do when it’s stuck, some say? (6)
15    Crack first of clues remaining (5)
16    Old uncle’s disparaging about a poetical gem (8)
19    Receiver of sorts turning to crime (7)
21    The person about to get out of danger (4)
24    Make rector scoff in church (6)
26    Radio user’s S American range (6)
27    Stay forward (4)
29    This person eats men as well (4)
31    Uses multiple fruit, consuming one (7)
34    Like any faith and belief, not quite destroyed (8)
37    ‘Fury’ returning synonym: Rage (6)
39    Engagement ring may contain this (5)
40    Female stops one getting out of shape (5)
42    Quadrupeds taking delight in rounding church? (14)
 

Down

1    Is glad to receive positive RSVP response, left out by son (8)
2    Summit lines in box work (7)
4    Hood’s companion eats (4)
5    Reproductive organs going up almost give life to society (7)
6    Bridge-player discarding two of clubs, no less valuable (6)
7    Be officer in charge of dog (5)
8    Extra cheers! (3)
9    Compass and some shreds of canvas? (6)
12    Is landing found below ordinary windows? (13)
13    Student who bends over to get round rule? (7)
18    Canoe must be adapted here (5)
20    Closely examine charity (5)
22    In Balmoral, say, rather a place to live (7)
25    Nausea: without question, it’s convenient (8)
27    Wanting more births to happen a lot, ignoring rate (7, hyphened)
28    Student group remains unhappy (7)
29    Cosmopolitan women seldom drunk (6)
30    In game, strive to work with faults (6, two words)
33    Join football club, almost (5)
35    Affected by one who’s familiar, missing canine (4)
38    Upset sailor, one leaves ship in trouble (3)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 22 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 2340, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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