Crossword

2353: Too many

7 April 2018

9:00 AM

7 April 2018

9:00 AM

The unclued lights, three of two words and four pairs are of a kind. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.
 

Across

11    Arable plant making money, including capital – a grand (10, hyphened)
14    The occasion, we’re told, for tears (5)
15    Express excitement about the sun at start of evening (7)
17    Sound producer’s good fortune is keeping time (7)
19    Top performer and soothsayer, regularly (4)
22    Manageable while oddly dismissing odds all day! (6)
24    Fit he-man’s out in the pit (9)
26    Knowledgeable fellow has lost his head before (5)
30    Magical beings seeming heartless and troubled (6)
33    Study Latin on express (4)
36    State capital displaying sprite’s painting (6)
39    Receipts still in plant (7)
40    Puffed up during February and March, once (7)
41    Lydia changes her newspaper (5)
43    Gain more information from characters of Eastern Ulan Bator (10, two words)
44    Legal official putting name on seal (6)
45    Irish girl, otherwise called Sandie (6)
 

Down

1    Do these competitors keep to the beaten track? (6)
2    Make notes. Sounds OK (5)
3    Drunkard’s in attendance – that’s that (7, two words)
4    New type of chain and capes (6)
5    Pianist John has to go up to lair (5)
6    Top felon having a just claim is terrible (9)
7    Young girl, despondent, with sickly pale colour (6)
8    Theresa demolished plant (7, two words)
9    Force finial on top of the hospital (5)
12    Trifles are a pound – change one’s diet (10)
16    The koala chewed one ant and beaver (10, two words)
20    European princely dynasty is in France and Spain (4)
23    In torpid lethargy (4)
29    Euphoria when family member runs off (7)
31    Gérard, the French baritone, for example, drinking most of the liqueur (6)
32    Fields entered by sportsmen, finally (6)
34    Staggered, but got in line (6)
35    Dispossess European conqueror. No alternative! (5)
37    Toyota model is leaving the plant (5)
38    Reckon Shetland viol is in one of its bays (5)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 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 2353, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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