Crossword

2352: Upright Characters

31 March 2018

9:00 AM

31 March 2018

9:00 AM

Of the unclued entries, three combine to form a phrase (five words) describing three more (four foreign-language words). The remaining three combine to form a sentence (seven words) given by Brewer as an example of one of them.
 

Across

1    It’s brimming, almost like an optimist’s view? Not half! (8)
8    Song or dance following song and dance (4)
13    Something woven when you choose (6, two words)
14    Slight fracture of leg caught in net (7)
15    Played loud or very loud in quarters (8)
18    I’m ‘snailed’, struggling with these? (9)
20    Measure of drink needed for bender (4)
21    Upset copy-taker includes this? (4)
24    He gets savage with any bit of animal (6)
27    Right to take possession of letter (6)
29    Circulate penny by where it may be spent (4)
30    Eat nothing like convenience food? (4)
32    Like thorium, or a square bond made with thorium (9)
34    The wicked one disposed of her clan (9, hyphened)
37    One scrapes grey sailor out of shambles (8)
38    Din fades — but not for them (7)
39    Orchestra members — they’re found in bed together (6)
40    Secret note hidden in blue dress (10, hyphened)
42    Title numbers are backed unanimously (8, three words)
 

Down

2    Spare shoot (6, two words)
3    Big gambler’s potential loss, this unfortunately involves disaster finally (5)
4    Making excuses like orderly type? (14, hyphened)
5    Jack leaves mountain range with climber almost in another (7)
6    Older mistresses long to rise in stages (8)
9    Old man quits run (4)
10    Rat dipped in river for some time (6)
11    Stupid — to think this will incur no phone bill? (6)
17    Selling technique used by pushy people (4)
25    How to get peasant out of pleasant festival (4)
28    Tenor leaves exceptional group — they’re noisy when they’re out (7)
30    Litter dropped by pig in worst seats in the house? (6)
31    Arabian disease dropping black spot on chest (6)
33    Hit back, when each element is followed by advanced weapon (6)
35    Some pupils to welcome here (5)
36    Line written by a Welsh bard ultimately found here (4)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 16 April. 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 2352, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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