Crossword

2364: Frolicsome Threesome

23 June 2018

9:00 AM

23 June 2018

9:00 AM

2/11/12 is a four-word quotation in Chambers. Remaining unclued lights (all appropriate to the language the quotation is in) are three sets of three words of a kind, each set suggested by one word of the quotation. One unclued light associated with the whole of 2/11/12 must be highlighted.

Across

1           A wimp inhales air, awfully tired (8)
8           Filch penny with trick (4)
13         Car-maker drops Sierra for a month (5)
15         Hiding in animal food, strike a toad (7)
17         The drink’s kept cold around services (4)
18         Middle Eastern city right for silk (5)
19         Lodge again in hotel backing on river (7)
23         Setter, pop idol, playing instrument (8)
24         Prison losing a large stove (7)
26         7 shelters for Scot’s taxes (6)
28         Clergyman welcomes English PM in Canada (7)
30         Trite dances plugged by unknown and French trios (8)
34         A singer unsteadily recovers (7)
36         State I’m unhappy (4)
38         Film produced in Oz (7)
39         Star game to be hugged by everyone (5)
40         Really, sword-stroke’s cut face off (6, two words)
41         Figure in decorative fabric shows hidden quality (7)
43         Retiring politician in Strasbourg smashed table (8)
 

Down

1           Bored people wanting yard for farm machines (6)
3           Intruder with a stick meeting soldiers (6)
4           Covers popular criminal affairs (7)
5           Acts of eliciting used wrongly around setter (10)
6           Queen, in the flesh, turned up in person? (7)
7           Loves to keep herb on cooker for fruit (11, two words)
8           Old man with tree (5)
9           Ancient reptile spoilt a union with god (9)
16         Where to get money from raconteur in dramas (11)
20         Like air in Paris, with rebel moving around (10)
22         One behind schedule ruined morale etc. (9)
29         Sinner and phoney in Worcestershire town (7)
30         Tailless monkey in sauce in Japan (6)
32         A sheltered person, say, rebuilt shelter (6)
33         Old Persian, a tragic figure (5)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 9 July. 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 2364, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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