Crossword solution

2521: Leading question - solution

18 September 2021 9:00 am

The question was ‘What is THE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY(-)NINTH PRIME NUMBER’ (7A/10/22/40/16/31/32/28)? The answer is 2521, the number of…

2520: 5 4 3 2 1 - solution

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the names of the six principal presenters of COUNTDOWN (hence 5 4 3 2 1 as…

2519: Not so up-to-date - solution

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights can all be preceded by OLD which is the clued solution at 49 Across. ‘Crocks’ at 5…

2518: Make a run for it? - solution

28 August 2021 9:00 am

As suggested by 11A, other unclued lights were all anagrams of ducks: 12A drake; 16A teal; 28A redhead; 31A smew; …

2517: Final line-up - solution

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the eleven England footballers who LINED UP at the kick-off of the Euro FINAL on 11…

2516: Such childish vocabulary - solution

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the nouns from the opening sentence of The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter. TAFFETA was…

2515: Paragon - solution

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The name was Margaret, whose various versions are suggested by THE SPECTATOR (1: Mag), BARN OWL (10/36: Madge), LEAD HAMMER…

2514: Welcome Back - Solution

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights were stories in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. (The Adventures of the: EMPTY (41) HOUSE (2), DANCING MEN…

Solution to 2513: Golden anniversary

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The announcement reads: ‘Fifty years ago, on July the third, Jac’s first crossword in this series was published.’ The shaded…

2512: Impertinence - solution

17 July 2021 9:00 am

CHERRY, NETTLE, SMOKE, PLUM-PUDDING, BEES, EGG, SUNBEAM and WIND are the perimetric answers to riddles posed by NUTKIN in The…

2511: Changing places - solution

10 July 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights form pairs of anagrams, one word in each pair being a place-name: 1A/6A, 1D/21, 6D/13, 11/38, 19/30…

2510: Prom session - solution

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Twelve symmetrically disposed unclued entries comprise three pairs of Spoonerisms (an anagram of the title): POURING RAIN/ROARING PAIN, FRYING PAN/PRYING…

2509: Current description - solution

26 June 2021 9:00 am

The perimeter quote is from ‘Ode to the West Wind’. The remaining unclued lights were the east wind (24A), south…

2508: Grovels - solution

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights (including the pair at 24/28) are CHEESES. First prize Rhidian Llewellyn, London SW14 Runners-up H. Sarson, Guernsey,…

2507: Knightly? - solution

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are characters and places associated with King Arthur. First prize Belinda Bridgen, London NW8 Runners-up John Samson,…

2506: Summer’s voice - solution

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ferns: RUSTY-BACK (26/5A), WALL RUE (48/7A), MAIDENHAIR (1D/11), OSMUNDA (18), BIRD’S-NEST (20/45) and POLYPODY (24). PTERIDOMANIA…

2505: Endgame - solution

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the final headwords for B, D, E, F, S, T, U, W, as listed in Chambers.…

2504: Collectors’ Items - solution

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights are nuts, as suggested in the perimetrical rhyme. First prize Adrian George, Barton under Needwood, Staffs Runners-up Willie…

2503: Applery - solution

15 May 2021 9:00 am

The traditional county towns were Chester (misprinted as CHEATER: 27), Durham (DERHAM: 21), Derby (DERRY: 32), Lewes (LENES: 36), Reading…

2502: Nay-sayers? - solution

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are HORSES. First prize Bob Toland, Ramsey, CambsRunners-up Gareth Davies, Langstone, Gwent; Catherine Knox, London SW4 Got…

2501: Delightful - solution

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The ‘Transport of Delight’, in the song by Flanders and Swann, was that ‘big six-wheeler, scarlet-painted, diesel-engined, London Transport, ninety-seven…

2500: 50 x 50 - solution

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The solution grid includes the letter L fifty times (L x 50 = 2500). Coincidentally, Doc and his wife, Jean,…

2499: Entitled trio - solution

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The theme was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 38A (of Scotland), 43A and 22D were all…

2498: Cross-country - solution

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights consist of the names of two countries overlapping by two or three letters: eg 25D ‘JAPANAMA’ gives…

2497: Scramble - solution

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Six of the unclued lights are RAF stations of WW2. First prize Kathleen Durber, Stoke-on-TrentRunners-up Alison Gillam, Knotty Green, Bucks;…