Crossword

2439: More nuts

11 January 2020

9:00 AM

11 January 2020

9:00 AM

‘10/17’ give the first three words of a statement (in ODQ) made by a famous 48/21. His works include 1A/23D (four words in total) and The 44. His forename is the remaining unclued light; the puzzle’s title suggests his surname. The fourth word (hyphened) of the statement will appear diagonally in the grid and must be shaded. Elsewhere, ignore an accent.
 

Across

8    Reckless prince linked with hot spots (4)
11    A big bell? It’s tiny (4)
13    Mayday rowdy raucousness Senegal banned (9, two words)
14    Women urge on Dickensian villain (4)
16    Start backing Ulster banking system (6)
19    Men disturbing parrot in broken country (5)
20    Horse I wrapped in cloth for Arabs (5)
22    Children American miss trained to make connections (7)
23    Stableman or woman docking pony’s tail (3)
24    Pindar’s letter rebuffed endless jargon (4)
26    Line in puzzling poetry is hypothetical stuff (7)
27    Togo curbs lurid suggestion (5)
28    Asian king meets HM the Queen (5)
30    Cushioned seat for over ten thousand (7)
33    Wonky adult bird with no neck (4)
35    Hospital in Kilmarnock or Balaclava (3)
36    One rebukes heartless lady with fury (7)
40    Beak’s set about US city hospital (5)
41    Enzyme around in George Sand (5)
42    Brazier beginning to heat the world (6)
43    Dissolute bard is imprisoned (4)
45    County’s chief magistrate runs off (4)
46    Maybe spruce old actor (4)
47    Crop from unknown meadow that’s less fine (5)
 

Down

1    Abandoned old guitar (5)
2    Tree cut down by Lowry? (5)
3    No Scots try crossing an Asian city (6)
5    Whence whisky I murder (5)
6    Dictionary’s no toy exotically edited (7)
7    Metal and gold coffin for Richard III? (7)
9    Game bores irritable merchant (6)
12    Good sort with framework for punishing IT pest (11, two words)
15    Get host renewing poor quarters (7)
18    Imam with nous performing express medical test (11)
25    Hero in misery wearing slip upside down (7)
29    Never rockets attempt what Apollo 11 achieved (7, hyphened)
31    Playful grandchildren big book enthrals (7)
32    Tossing pancake Kay demolished small pastry (6)
34    Move day for duke to dissect water plant (6)
37    Woman, 46, bully left (5)
38    Dull sloth in conifer (5)
39    Some have no malice or spite (5)
 
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 27 January. 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 2439, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP. Please allow six weeks for prize delivery.

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