Crossword solution

Solution to 2146: 4 ÷ 4 = 8

15 February 2014 9:00 am

One 4-letter word is to be placed in the middle of another to yield an 8-letter solution: 6 ÷ 19…

to 2145: Two in a row

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Each pair consists of two in a ‘row’ in a variety of meanings. PURL (14) & PLAIN (25) (line of…

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…

to 2143: Revising geography

25 January 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all geographical locations – paired as anagrams: 13/9, 23/28. 30/17, 34/6 and 42/33. (33 Down is…

to 2142: Wintry

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues give ‘wrapped in wild snow’, a quotation from a poem by ALEXANDER BLOK (10). Partially indicated…

to 2141: Megacant

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The unclued lights are examples of super slang listed on pp 7/8 in the Word Lover’s Miscellany section of Chambers…

To 2140: Essex Man

14 December 2013 9:00 am

The hero is Father Brown, appearing in column 3. ‘The Innocence (22) / Wisdom (15) / Secret (6D) / Scandal…

to 2139: Separated

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The key word is BUTTERMILK (8), which can be separated into words defined by 15, 27, 40; 4, 23, 25;…

to 2138: Hundred centimes

30 November 2013 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are words abbreviated by C (= 100) and the unclued Down lights are abbreviated by c…

to 2137: Speculation

23 November 2013 9:00 am

The two words were BULL and BEAR. BULL is suggested by 36, 41, 6 and 10; BEAR by 34, 37,…

To 2136: Howdunit

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Six of the unclued entries contained the Cluedo character surnames; the remaining unclued entries were therefore a murder weapon and…

To 2135: Strange

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are CONDUCTORS (SARGENT is an anagram of the title STRANGE).  First prize Roderick Rhodes, Goldsborough, North YorksRunners-up…

To 2134: Mere letters

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The pairs of anagrams were of countries and their capitals: Dominica & Roseau (2 & 11); Latvia & Riga (20…

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…

2132: Ricochet

19 October 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights, when paired 12/20, 16/33, 25/29, 31/6, 42/2, are RICOCHET or reduplicated words.  First prize Mrs Rhiannon Hales,…

To 2131: present

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Redundant words were: IRAQI (1A), ADO (5A), AENEAS (39A), EPEE (5D), AREA (25D). In line with 16/17, remaining unclued lights…

To 2130: Elusive

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Extra letters in clues give the assertion by HOUSMAN (31) that ‘I could no more define poetry than a terrier…

to 2129: DUMPYNOSE

28 September 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights (1A, 1D/36, 4/31D, 5/27, 15/16A, 16D, 25A/40, 42 are each the PSEUDONYM (anagram of ‘Dumpynose’) of a…

Solution to 2128: carbon copy

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The puzzle marked a DOUBLE TON (42/27) by DUMPYNOSE (11) in THE SPECTATOR (17/19). Remaining unclued lights suggest a DOUBLETON:…

Solution to 2127: Dire straits

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Twelve unclued lights are names of ARTISTS which are ANAGRAMS (9) of superfluous words in clues.  First prize E. Hogg,…

To 2126: Word Building

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The chain of anagrams is as follows: 40, 8, 18, 25, 22, 23, 21D, 19, 1A  First prize Robert Hirst,…

Solution to 2125: Nil desperandum

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The part quotation was ‘BUT WESTWARD, LOOK, THE LAND’ (1/5/28) from Say not the struggle naught availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough.…

To 2124: Pack

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Seven unclued lights are STUFFED ANIMALS (13 18) — i.e. deer, horse, anoa, cat, seal, tup and boar, filled with…

To 2123: Go on then!

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The unclued lights are characters from The Goon Show. The paired solutions are 22/20, 32/35 and 37/9.  First prize Phillip Wickens,…

Solution to 2122: Theme and Variations

10 August 2013 9:00 am

The theme word is GRAVES: 19, 34 and 40 are famous cemeteries; 17, 28 and 39 are wines from SW…