Crossword solution

2539: Wider - solution

12 February 2022 9:00 am

The six unclued lights and PLAYWRIGHTS (35/26) are FETCHER/Fletcher (13), CHILLER/Schiller (22), WESTER/Webster (34), MEANDER/Menander (38), PRIESTLY/Priestley (6) and COTEAU/Cocteau…

2538: Green Light! Cross! - solution

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are towns on Gozo (go + zo are defined in the puzzle’s title). Apologies that this crossword…

2537: My Lord! - solution

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The exchange that gave rise to the expression CURATE’s (19 Down) Egg was ‘I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg,…

Christmas crossword 2021 - solution

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The NATIVITY (89) of the ACTOR (37) HUMPHREY BOGART (47/13), the singers ANNIE LENNOX (112/12) and IAN BOSTRIDGE (4/61), the…

2536: At rest - solution

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (3 composers, 3 artists and 3 writers) are all buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery. The name should…

Solution to 2535: Triplets

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Each unclued lights include one letter three times. The wording of the preamble precludes ALLYLS (2D which would be the…

2534: Off-pitch - solution

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are cricket fielding positions. The clues contain the names of 12 present and former England cricketers: Old,…

2533: Monday’s Child - solution

11 December 2021 9:00 am

‘From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began’ opens JOHN DRYDEN’s Song for ST CECILIA’S DAY (22 November, a…

2532: Patchy? - solution

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are TV detectives and their PATCH: 10/8, 13/5D, 15/39, 26/41, 36/33. First prize Emma Corke, Abinger Hammer,…

2531: Villainy - solution

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are VILLAINS encountered by James Bond. First prize Ian Skillen, Cambuslang, Glasgow Runners-up Liz Knights, Walton Highway,…

2530: Ups and downs - solution

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The quotation is ‘LAUGH, AND THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU; WEEP, AND YOU WEEP ALONE’ from Solitude by Ella Wheeler…

2529: Formerly - Solution

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Each of the unclued lights can be preceded by OLD. First prize Heather McLaren, Seaford, East Sussex Runners-up Rupert Cousens,…

2528: Not to Lose - solution

6 November 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all phrases in Chambers meaning ‘HURRY UP — or No T(ime) to Lose’. First prize Andy…

2527: The main dilemma - solution

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The question posed by the song is 11A/ 22A/37A. Suggested by 37A, other unclued lights were anagrams of words meaning…

2526: Everybody out! - solution

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are preceded by ALL (with the title suggesting that ALL is to be omitted). The paired lights…

2525: Prime Times - solution

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The [5 Down] MILESTONE puzzle number 2525 is the product of PRIME numbers 101 TIMES 5 TIMES 5, equivalently the…

2524: Spelean II - solution

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The quotation is ‘I DO WISH THOU WERT A [dog] THAT I MIGHT LOVE THEE SOMETHING’. The honest servant is…

2523: Monstrous regiment - solution

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights can be preceded by MISS and the unclued Down lights. MRS 2/15D is the pair. First…

2522: A trifle - solution

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights were synonyms of NOTHING. ‘A trifle’ is one definition of nothing given in Chambers. First prize James Knox,…

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…