Crossword solution

2473: May solution

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights, along with Peter MAY in the title, are England cricket captains. First prize Harry Hyman, Streatley, West…

2472: All-inclusive solution

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The perimeter quotation is from Mahler. Remaining unclued lights were names of symphonies: 12A Mahler / Schubert; 26A Haydn; 39A…

2471: Inky solution

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be preceded by BLACK. First prize Stephanie Reeve, Papworth Everard, CambridgeRunners-up Hilda Ball, Belfast; Peter Chapman,…

2470: Express route solution

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are places served by the Norwegian HURTIGRUTEN ferries from Bergen to Kirkenes. Tromsø (at 4D) overruns into…

2469: Breadth solution

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights were: 12 CORNI, anagram of Corin (As You Like It); 23 MANDIRA, Miranda (The Tempest); 27 LARDOON,…

2468: noah entry? solution

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The puzzle’s number 2468 was printed above the grid, hence ‘The theme is confirmed by the information provided.’ Letters deficient…

2467: Girl Talk solution

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights, 3/34, 12/31, 26/1A/33, 35/9, 39 and 18 PEAKE (an anagram of the red highlighted letters), are six…

2466: Gender bender solution

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The author was GEORGE SAND (19/26), whose original name was AMANTINE LUCILE AURORE DUPIN (25/40/5/16). The perimetric works are INDIANA,…

2465: Definitely amusing solution

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights are Brewer’s ‘Chambersisms’ — words from that dictionary with quirky definitions. First prize Maureen Quarmby, Oldham Runners-up M.…

2464: Topsy-turvy solution

25 July 2020 9:00 am

14 Down, TAPSALTEERIE, yields TAP 10, 15 and 35, three anagrams of SALTE (16, 32 and 36) and ERIE and…

2463: Tongue Twisters solution

18 July 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights were all languages which are written from right to left, entered in that manner in the grid.…

2462: Over and Out? solution

11 July 2020 9:00 am

The seventeen entries clued by definition only required removal of the abbreviation BR ( = Britain), in keeping with the…

2461: Hot off? solution

4 July 2020 9:00 am

  The unclued lights include the name of a British daily newspaper; 3/26A, 9/35, 12, 24, 28/31D and 34/21. First…

2460: Sleaze solution

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The word is TACK. In the order of the headwords in Chambers, except for the fifth, their meanings are indicated…

2459: 22 down solution

20 June 2020 9:00 am

22D was TABLEWARE, and the quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson reads: ‘The louder he talked of his honour, the faster…

2458: Bardicarum solution

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights Across are Shakespearean LORDS and the Down ones are LADIES. (The plant ‘lords and ladies’ is an…

2457: Beginning solution

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights suggested a section of the international radio communications alphabet: Bravo (VILLAIN: 6), Charlie (DIMWIT: 16), Delta (DEPOSIT: 19),…

2456: So American solution

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights are marches by John Philip SOUSA, as hinted by the title: 4/1A, 14/12, 20D, 33A/17, 37/29/26, and 41…

2455: Shadow boxing solution

23 May 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the four Labour MPs who stood for election as Labour’s leader to succeed Jeremy Corbyn: 11,…

2454: 17 Across Solution

16 May 2020 9:00 am

The thirteen unclued lights are all breads, hence the puzzle’s real title at 17A. First prizeNicholas Grogan, Purley, SurreyRunners-up Clare…

2453: All Right? Solution

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights were characters in the musical Oklahoma!, 2/20, 4A, 10, 22, 24, 30, 35/15D. They are AUNT ELLER, WILL…

2452: Comme on dit solution

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The paired unclued lights (1D/6, 14/25, 36/32 and 39/1A) are, AS THEY SAY when the title of the puzzle is…

2451: Cretinous solution

25 April 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights are anagrams of the names of countries (anagram of Cretinous): UNHOARDS (1A: anagram of Honduras), ATWAIN (5: Taiwan),…

2450: Titled Men solution

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Alexandre DUMAS père wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, whose eponymous characters were Athos, Porthos, Aramis…

to 2449: Stateless

11 April 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights, when preceded by a US state, form MISSISSIPPI 11, CALIFORNIA 22, VIRGINIA 27, HAWAII 37, RHODE ISLAND…