Crossword

2423: Redheads

31 August 2019

9:00 AM

31 August 2019

9:00 AM

Eight unclued lights are of a kind.
 

 Across

1    Place to take off sari, pants and slip (8)
8    Theatre oddly chucked out piano and mouth organ (4)
13    Barman mixing vodka and rum without hesitation (6)
14    Facade metaphorically protecting the scholarly world (7)
15    Stand our ground round buildings (8)
19    Exercise, sport and vehicles enthralling current South Americans (9)
20    Explosive philanthropist shunning British Christmas (4)
21    Lift man out, taking it slowly at first (4)
24    George I vacuously discusses hypothetical figures (6)
29    Indefinite number are cycling close by (4)
30    Sound of throat-clearing initially after horribly embarrassing moment (4)
32    Lecture wrong old man about interrupting witness (9)
37    Arab headdress leaves India in possession of important chap from east (8)
38    Copy idiot frolicking within walls of Eton (7)
39    Told presidential candidate to welcome Democrat (6)
40    Fine examples of how to stop species evolving (10)
41    Very tearful, missing island (4)
 

Down

2    Call upon half-cut investor to accept fine (6)
3    Extremely stylish toupee, something a woman might wear (5)
4    Reassessment of non-visual art at Barking (14)
5    Prophet heartlessly seizing fine article in Iranian city (7)
6    Damned dogs invading top end of Strand (8)
7    Status symbols hacking casino chief off (14, three words)
9    Allege banks snub those putting money aside (4)
10   New version of film about model (6)
11   Disinfectant is no help after accident (6)
17   Romeo poking contemptible person in guts (4)
22   Lively dance partially arouses ambassador (5)
23   Remove diadem from queen in nightclub when empty (8)
25   Gutted dace, fish extinct in Scotland (4)
28   Independent country once banning minute plant (7)
30   Shimmering bird of prey heading off in the morning (6)
31   Bring bad luck to criminal pair (6)
33  Six – not nine – learned to climb round clock (6)
35   Open up Mayfair haunt of vice (5)
36   Be rude about Norfolk town (4)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 16 September. 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 2423, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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