2553: Island alien

30 April 2022

9:00 AM

30 April 2022

9:00 AM

The unclued lights (15 words in total) are to be arranged to provide a definition from Chambers of one of the normal clues which is NOT defined.


9Worst of anything I kept in home (10)

14Agreement apparently penniless lecturer returns (3)

16Menus beginning with a cold collation – mostly spicy stuff (6)

17Faulty parachute doesn’t open (5)

18Dissident bishop in part of film (5)

20Less heavy boat used in docks (7)

22Various grebes, say, at end of lake (7)

25Arab picked up the vernacular (5)

26Drink in press release? (5)

28Narcissistic folk say it’s so fantastic (7)

31Such clothes horrify sappers indoors (7)

33Threatening look of the French pilgrimage destination (7)

37They mixed litre of ordinary alcohol (5)

38Quality craftsmanship backed it (5)

39But downs are! (6)

40Ogre in Tolkien’s work involved in exorcism (3)

41Land on tree; mother has great fright first, reportedly (10, two words)

42Confirm watching an Ashes match? (6)



2Rapidly push north in toboggan (5)

3Is leaving Rhodesia, troubled. How sad (6, two words)

4Pink Panther star working 9-5 (5)

6Pain and homesickness – poles apart (7)

7German, not bad, alternately used in this academic publication (6)

8Ancient Glaswegian notice covering centre of Mull (4)

10Once wandering around British Library as a group (6, two words)

13Nothing more than discreet MP, say (8)

15Flying saucer? (7)

19Here’s Lara out for a practice (9)

21Mid-west books by Alec’s twin brother are secret (8)

23Stick for sportsman alone grabbing forty winks (7, two words)

27Cook snorted ‘Rats!’ (7)

29Good guide, as well (6)

30Ponder over limits of enlightenment (6)

32Deterred and deferred (6, two words)

34Personally owned posh car – second part of the Christmas gift (5)

35Single instruction from computer cuts President short (5)

36Pontificate, losing university place (4)


A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 16 May. There are two runners-up prizes of £20. Please scan or photograph entries and email them (including the crossword number in the subject field) to – the dictionary prize is not available. We will accept postal entries again at some point.


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