Mr Magoo

2248: In the stars

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In the clues, the 9 stars represent omitted words (one of which is a dialect variant of another). Those 9…

To 2245: Fair and square

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Corrections of misprints give A GRECIAN URN. The POET (23) reporting its message (perimeter + 4 30) is KEATS (42). First…

2223: Clerihew

8 August 2015 9:00 am

29 6 (4 words) is 1 24 (3 words). 24 11 10 (4 words), but 6 11 36 (4 words).…

To 2220: Poem II

8 August 2015 9:00 am

The Poem was ‘Kubla Khan’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 3A, 23, 42, 43, 3D, 4, 10 and 16 are words…

2207: An unusual angle

18 April 2015 9:00 am

In six answers the wordplay ignores an item. These items (two of them identical) are not listed as specific 27…

To 2204: Security

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Five perimeter entries, and 29 and 30, are types of BODYGUARD. First prize Amanda Spielman, London SW4 Runners-up Dr S.M.…

2199: TV Comedy

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Fourteen solutions begin with the same letter as their clues. These letters in order are the initial letters of the…

To 2196: Diverse

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The quotation around the perimeter is from 25 — varieties of French cheese are highlighted.  First prize Hugh Aplin, London…

2191: Bunk

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The other unclued entries, in pairs around 3D, provide the key words in a definition of 11D.   Across  …

To 2188: Pieces of eight

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The eight unclued lights are anagrams of eight clued solutions: 2/12, 3/13, 8/35, 16/40, 18/28, 19/30, 24/27 and 26/38. First…

2171: 31 Across

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Seven identical two-by-two squares in the completed grid must be highlighted to depict the unclued entries, each of two words.…

to 2168: History exam

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Initial letters of superfluous words in clues give nightingale, quail and cuckoo, specimens of AVIFAUNA (5) represented by FLUTE (43),…

2147: Amazing performance

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Each of the 22 across solutions, in clue order, contributes one unchecked letter to a two-word phrase (13,9) in Chambers…

to 2144: Leonids

1 February 2014 9:00 am

The work was ‘THE TAMING OF THE (1D) Shrew’. ‘Shrew’ is suggested by 15, 27 and 33. The ‘Shrew’ of…

Cold Comfort

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Five Christmas carols (5, 6, 5, 3 and 4 words respectively) have been re-arranged, and re-titled at 23/38 (4 words),…

2136: Howdunit

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Six of the unclued entries (one of three words, three of two words and one hyphened; all in Chambers apart…

To 2133: FM

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Initial letters of superfluous words in clues give titles of ALBUMS (29D) by FLEETWOOD MAC (39).  8A, 25, 33 and…

2121: Take care

13 July 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights, two of two words, are of a kind. Elsewhere, ignore an apostrophe.   Across 1 We hear…

to 2118: Unreliable

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights are EXPERTS (24), whom — according to the words of LORD SALISBURY (9) supplied by superfluous and…