Crossword

2430: Petite traveller

19 October 2019

9:00 AM

19 October 2019

9:00 AM

19 October marks a milestone (hinted at by 19/26/20) for a person whose real forenames are given by 1A (three words). The other unclued lights (including two of two words, one being a toponym) suggest the titles of four of his works while the puzzle’s title suggests the title of a fifth. His real surname is clued without definition and must be shaded.
 

Across

10    Old characters bash around poor boxer (5)
11    Lass that Victor cuddled regularly once (6)
12    Bill spent time with dandy (7)
14    Less advanced babes swimming in sinks (4)
17    Fieldwork soldiers distrust (7)
22    Beetle bisected by our fancy woman (5)
23    I malign dreamers godless in action (7)
24    Half of item Oscar Bach composed (5)
33    Crackpot so reverse of fine (5)
34    Newborn of note in London borough (7)
36    Fiat in proper condition (5)
37    Cardinal astride special hack? (7)
39    Rushing down rocky hill no old Tirolean tumbled (10)
42    Shape of office to the left (4)
43    Tufted bluebottle probes Malaysian dish (7)
44    Twit almost crushing institute’s ornamental metalwork (6)
45    Anonymous short song, apparently Indian music (5)
 

Down

1    Ugliness of vicious cage-birds bishop released (8)
2    Marble entrance area upstairs (5)
3    Earnest wishes of very ordinary solicitor (4)
4    Grand sash girds elevated African (4)
5    Gold coin a nut dipped in gravy (7)
6    Stellar quintet finally play in hell (6)
7    Times of day tick attacks (8)
8    Acceptable table installed inside (7)
9    Serena declining to dry up for poet (6)
13    Theme of Lessing’s first famous novel (5)
15    Fraudulent Tories emptied kitty (7, hyphened)
18    Gold lace enhanced Sibyl (6)
25    Drinking, pass round cheese sandwiches (8, hyphened)
27    Salt spring (8)
28    Remove plaits from bird Una styled (7)
30    Peeled fruit is fruit (5)
31    River Bob goes up (3)
32    Electra condemned schmaltz (7)
34    Bury nurse beside medic (6)
35    Romantic affair imbecile curtailed (6)
38    Smart Alec’s weight (5)
40    Dominicans with anguish gutted fish (4)
41    Old man employing two helpers (4)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 4 November. 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 2430, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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