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2517: Final line-up

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights appeared at the start under the shaded squares reading row by row from top to bottom (two…

Fifty years of The Spectator crossword

3 July 2021 9:00 am

by Tom Johnson aka Doc   During the early spring of 1971, a package of eighteen unsolicited crosswords arrived in…

2511: Changing places

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The 12 unclued lights (one of two words) are somehow paired and one solution in each pair is of a…

2508: Grovels

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights, (one pair, one hyphened and one of two words) are of a kind. One clue leads to…

2505: Endgame

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one hyphened) are of a kind, confirmed in Chambers. Elsewhere, ignore one accent.   Across 1 I…

2502: Nay-sayers?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer.   Across 4 High-handed relation in…

2500: 50 x 50

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Each solution contains one letter at least once, always omitted in the cryptic wordplay of each clue. This letter and…

2498: Cross-country

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all non-words, but each can be resolved into a pair of thematic solutions. Across 1 Game…

2495: Contrary

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Four unclued lights of a kind, one of two words with an apostrophe, include the theme word. The remaining unclued…

2492: Little man

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Unusually this week, one unclued light includes the theme word which can also be linked with all the other unclued…

2489: Fade away

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Each of the unclued lights, (four of two words), individually or as a pair can be linked with an unclued…

Spectator Christmas party

19 December 2020 9:00 am

At the Spectator Christmas PARTY(90) the TREE (42D) has a FAIRY (22), a STAR (78) and TINSEL strewn around (41,…

2485: Triplets

28 November 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (all but one either hyphened or of two words) share a distinctive feature. Across 1 Fun and…

2482: Perm all five

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words) display a common feature, different in each case. Across 1 Fundamentalist group keeps…

2479: Shielded

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words and one hyphened) are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Across 10 United…

2476: Playtime

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The ten unclued lights (one of two words and hyphened) consist of two themes which can be resolved into five…

2473: May

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words) are of a kind. Across 12 To make sense of Sun puzzle, many…

2470: Express route

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights from 1 Down to 44 are of a kind with 4 overrunning a barline into 22. Ignore…

2467: Girl talk

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Ten of the eleven unclued lights are of a kind and consist of singleton of two words, three pairs and…

2464: Topsy-turvy

4 July 2020 9:00 am

  14 which is unclued below, but is clued elsewhere, has to be divided into three components (one a Spanish…

2461: Hot off?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (individually or four pairs) lead to a word or phrase which includes a thematic component. Across 1…

2458: Bardicarum

23 May 2020 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are the associated Down ones. Across 1 Friendship revealed by American…

2455: Shadow boxing

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words and one hyphened), individually or as three pairs are of a kind. The…

2452: Comme on dit

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (five of two words and one of three) should be paired to reveal four expressions verifiable in…

2449: Stateless

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Eight thematic words (one of two words), which solvers have to discover and whose two-letter abbreviations form the anagram I’M…