2429: Homo

12 October 2019

9:00 AM

12 October 2019

9:00 AM

7A can be linked to nine unclued lights (three of two words, one of which repeats 7A) – in five cases as a prefix, in four cases as a suffix.



7 Fifth of November and no old penny for the guy (3)
11 Engineer’s ancient letter stored by British Library (6)
13 Directions to compel and ensure obedience (7)
15 Field football team, missing second half (5)
17 Move between vessels to facilitate requirements of port? (6)
18 Prophet found in cabin – a humble dwelling (5)
20 Swinging seventies and no vet available on border river (6)
21 Switch round inside, showing craft (5)
22 Half-dead in Texan mission – redoubt evacuated (7)
27 Impaled Pole, disfigured by depressions (7)
29 Many pieces of wood, shaped perhaps to last? (5)
34 To do with one university backing Classics course? (6)
36 All but top of lariat reconstituted for stock management (5)
38 Huge men, semi-dressed (7)
39 China’s new restrictive measures (6)
41 Suspended sport’s execution, seizing German leader’s top (11, two words)



1 Gravy on cheek – part of Christmas dinner? (10, two words)
2 Authorised to put lights round here in France (8)
3 Endlessly merry, one of us ignoring fine? That’s not right (9)
4 Parishioner curious about the origin of time being expert on the past (12)
5 Vesselised, as mess tea might be? (7)
7 Intend setting up Oxford University call for Queen (5)
8  Writing on the wall, put up for fictional Captain (4)
9  Girl, a student, put through toughening process (6)
12  One who tends to be quiet or make a racket in Wisconsin (6)
14  Chow for the early-birds (12, two words)
21  Agitated magician swallows her head in Thailand (9, two words)
23  Dickensian fugitive upsetting wig in Trial? (8)
24  Nip into dive – one making money in Varna (8)
25  Fate’s woven threads, central character from mythology (6)
26  Somali, for example – one imprisoned in a French jail (7)
28  Go by please after manoeuvring (6)
31  Crikey! It’s a fight in Brisbane … (5)
33  … and a quarrel in Glasgow, if let out (5)
35  Leaders of York will change again into ladies’ organisation (4, acronym)

A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 28 October. 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 2429, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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