Crossword

2356: Beetle

28 April 2018

9:00 AM

28 April 2018

9:00 AM

The unclued lights (one individually and five pairs) are of a kind.
 

Across

1    German leader put stuff back into soup (8)
5    More lascivious-sounding marketeer (6)
9    Powerless to operate, having drunk UK brown ale (10)
14    Ceilidh lacks odd members of antiquity (3)
16    Tries half the fish at 42 with starchy pudding (6, three words)
18    Brief period of enchantment (5)
20    Select group at lake bed, first (7)
22    Regular terminus — no less — for Badminton Horse Trials participant (7)
24    Because Santa left, station wagon crashed (7, two words)
25    Girl cried ‘It hurt a bit!’ (5)
26    Henry left piece of armour in ancient kingdom of West Yorkshire (5)
31    Sillier note is accepted — poor grannie is enraged (7, two words)
33    Stagger round etc and return to seat (7, hyphened)
37    Did he brandish rifle? (5)
38    Initial investigation into family line on isle (5)
39    Celia wriggling by soft folds (6)
40    Gladys’s boy (3)
41    Dogs come back halfway with Scottish robbers (10)
42    A small grating that’s trembling (6)
 

Down

1    Singer Kate attracting signal gossip (13, two words)
2    Benny or Anni-Frid, say, married in the Home Counties (5)
3    Forest, given time, will be burning (6)
6    Israelite is missing, confounding Milton’s sincerity (7)
7    Chaplain displays supports (6)
10    Old tracks with genuine German playwright (6)
12    Show me dancing Scottish dances during middle of the week in another place (13, two words)
13    Vague predecessor of cinema style of long short story (8)
15    Idiot, dispatched to be locked up, agrees (7)
29    Business organization’s expenses (6)
30    Dressing for enjoyment (6)
32    Battle ensued engulfing old leader (6)
34    Measurement encountered in 26.30 (5)
35    Region housing dead birds such as herons (5)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 14 May. 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 2356, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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