Crossword solution

Solution to 2172: Para

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Gerry Goffin, popular LYRICIST (40), died on 19 June 2014. He wrote the perimetric songs IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN…

to 2171: 31 Across

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The seven 2×2 squares each used the letters STAR in order, and depicted the seven major stars that make up…

to 2170: Hector’s summer nights

2 August 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the titles of the six movements of Nuits d’Eté (Summer Nights in translation) by Hector Berlioz:…

to 2169: Land

26 July 2014 9:00 am

The grid represents Germany, with six bordering countries round the edge, and four cities in the interior, positioned roughly appropriately…

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),…

to 2167: Groupies

12 July 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ‘nouns of assemblage’, all listed on page 6 of the Word Lover’s Miscellany section in Chambers…

To 2166: Somewhere X

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Somewhere next to GUYANA (34) and BRAZIL (12), DUTCH (33) is SPOKEN (25), the highest mountain is JULIANA TOP (1D),…

to 2165: Not far off

28 June 2014 9:00 am

According to Fred HOYLE (24), SPACE is ‘only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards’ (10…

to 2164: Blank crossword

21 June 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are types of CROSS. Solver were required to indicate clearly the FYLFOT at the centre of the…

to 2163: Muscle

14 June 2014 9:00 am

The LITERAL QUINTET (13/22) was TERSE (37). 7A suggests ‘reest’, 40 steer, 5 stere, 6 ester, 19 trees and 26…

to 2162: Stand in

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Superfluous letters in definitions form the phrase HOLD THE FORT. Thematically created entries at 5, 10, 17, 19 and 38 are defined…

to 2161: Appellation contrôlée

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights begin with DOC (the Italian abbreviated equivalent of APPELLATION CONTRÔLÉE).  First prize Dennis Cotterell, CarlisleRunners-up Clare Reynolds,…

to 2160: 18 down

24 May 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all CHARACTERS (18D) in Plato’s dialogues, all but SOCRATES (1A) appearing in titles. In six cells,…

to 2159: Wine, woman & song

17 May 2014 9:00 am

The three groups associated with EMPEROR (24) were MOTHS (1A, 25D, 39), PAPER SIZES (9, 16A, 44), and PENGUINS (13,…

to 2158: Late bloomers

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the surnames of people (nine of whom were botanists) who gave their names to flowers.  First…

To 2157: Song X

3 May 2014 9:00 am

If the grid were a TIMEPIECE (13/12), the six perimetric words (GRANITE, LIMESTONE, SERPENTINE, GREYWACKE, DALRADIAN and HORNFELS) might collectively…

to 2156: Shoreline

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The perimeter is occupied by seven SANDPIPERS.  First prize Tim Hanks, Douglas, Isle of ManRunners-up Hilda Ball, Belfast; B. Taylor,…

2155: Poor Billy’s left out

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are SIBYLS (the title was an anagram of BILLY’S with L omitted). First prize Judith Bevis, Newport,…

to 2154: Clickety click

12 April 2014 9:00 am

The MUSICAL (33) BARON (29) Lloyd-Webber’s BIRTHDAY (40) was on 22nd March; he was 66 (hence the title). His works…

to 2153: Selling

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Corrections of misprints in clues form the phrase BAIT AND SWITCH. Unclued lights are examples of bait (10, 16, 23,…

to 2152: T20

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Each letter of each solution and each unclued light has to be represented in the grid by its numerical position…

Solution to 2151: Sources

22 March 2014 9:00 am

The three theme words are CHAMBERS (12A, 16A, 40A), OXFORD (colleges) (24A, 4D, 8D), and (works by Wilkie) COLLINS (9D,…

Solution to 2150: Content

15 March 2014 9:00 am

‘To fill the hour — that is happiness’ (given by initial letters of superfluous words in clues, and 3 4A)…

to 2149: Super!

8 March 2014 9:00 am

When preceded by GREAT, each unclued light yields a phrase listed in Brewer 19th edition.  First prize Mrs T. Vernalls,…

to 2148: Eighth of February

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Unclued lights can each be abbreviated so that together they give the letters of FEBRUARY: FAHRENHEIT (19), EARTH (32), BASS…