Crossword solution

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;…

2496: Depart Paddington - solution

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The play was The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare. The perimetric dramatis personae are MAMILLIUS, LEONTES, FLORIZEL, DORCAS, MOPSA, HERMIONE and…

2495: Contrary - solution

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Four unclued lights are places in Britain with MARY in their name. The remaining unclued lights can be linked with…

2494: Back to front - solution

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights are from the ‘Looking Glass’ poem Jabberwocky. First prize Alison Peck, Mathry, PembrokeshireRunners-up Patricia Gibbs, Barrow upon Soar,…

2493: Opposites - solution

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘I WANT TO BE ALONE’ (1A) and ‘COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME’ (49/27) were supposedly said by Greta GARBO…

2492: Little man - solution

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The solution at 1 Across includes the theme-word PAUL which means ‘little’, hence the puzzle’s title. First prize Mike Leese,…

2491: Recycling - solution

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The ten unclued lights comprise the seven primary Wombles, best known for their recycling of objects found on Wimbledon Common.…

2490: Arrangement - solution

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Suggested by 30 (IKEBANA, or flower arranging), the unclued lights were all anagrams of flowers: 1A gardenia; 18 rose; 22…

2489: Fade away - solution

6 February 2021 9:00 am

All the unclued lights can be linked with PETER, 35/38 is the paired solution. First prize Gerry Fairweather, Layer Marney,…

2488: Clueless - solution

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights were games played in I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue: SOUND CHARADES, SWANEE KAZOO, CHEDDAR GORGE, PICK UP…

Christmas 2020 crossword solution

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The winners The first prize of £100, three prizes of £25 and six further prizes of Word Perfect by Susie…

2487: Birthday boys - solution

16 January 2021 9:00 am

December 12th was the birthday of Gustave FLAUBERT (1D) and Frank SINATRA (15). Examples of their work are MADAME BOVARY…

2486: Ghost Companions - solution

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights are nicknames of works by Beethoven, born 250 years ago. The title referred to the Ghost piano trio,…

2485: Triplets - solution

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Each of the unclued lights includes the same letter three times in succession. First prize Tom Rollinson, Borehamwood, HertsRunners-up Lynn…

2484: Troubled - solution

12 December 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are characters in Much Ado about Nothing. First prize Keith Norcott, Cheltenham, GlosRunners-up Mrs E. Knights, Wisbech,…

2483: In my soup - solution

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Unclued lights are anagrams of animals: PRAENOMINA (1A: Pomeranian), MARTIAN (18: tamarin), LARBOARD (21: Labrador), SHORE (28: horse), PROTEIN (42:…

2482: Perm all five - solution

28 November 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights each contain all five vowels once only, but in different orders. First prize Dr Stephen Clarkson, Hadleigh,…

2481: Octet solution

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The octet associated with CHERRY STONES (19) is: tinker (1A), tailor (40), soldier (20), sailor (15), rich man (6A), poor…

2480: Warning - solution

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Ten symmetrically placed unclued lights are synonyms for the warning ‘WATCH OUT’. First prize Andy Wallace, Ash Green, CoventryRunners-upCaroline Arms,…

2479: Shielded solution

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are heraldic terms. First prize J.P. Carrington, Denchworth, OxfordshireRunners-up David Shields, Merthyr Vale M.E. Bosence, Bournemouth Got…

2478: Namesakes - solution

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The lyrics of the perimetric I’M POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN and FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN were written by Sammy Lerner,…

2477: Rendezvous - solution

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights take an extra letter to make BRAMBLING (1A), BUDGIE (12A), STARLING (14A), REDSTART (23A), BRANCHER (27A), TURACO…