Crossword solution

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…

2448: Issues solution

4 April 2020 9:00 am

The novels are A Modern Utopia (anagram of AORTAE IMPOUND 17/5), The Time Machine (HEATHEN/MIMETIC 22/27), Tono-Bungay (BATON/YOUNG 29/31) and…

2447: No small matter solution

28 March 2020 9:00 am

BIG, the solution at 21D, can be associated with the ten unclued lights. First prize Elizabeth Shorter, St Austell, CornwallRunners-up…

2446: Spring time solution

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The omitted letters reveal SATURDAY THE TWENTY-NINTH OF FEBRUARY TWENTY TWENTY. First prize Lewis Osborne, Newton Mearns, Glasgow Runners-up G.H.…

2445: in other words II

14 March 2020 9:00 am

41/1A/10 is MISQUOTATION. 1D/24/33, 15, 34, and 38/16D are examples of common misquotations. First prize Dianne Parker, Dover, KentRunners-up Vincent…

2444: Ones in the country solution

7 March 2020 9:00 am

The unclued answers are all words inChambers, having their origin in Indonesia (clued by wordplay in the title). First prize…

to 2443: Middle of the road

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Each unclued light is a genus name of a TREE (i.e. ‘middle of the road’ = (s)TREE(t)). Cornus was also allowed…

2442: Don’t nod solution

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

ROTAVATOR (4A), NAURUAN (12), DEED (25), DEIFIED (36), MALAYALAM (39), REIFIER (4D), TERRET (15D), and REPAPER (18) are palindromes as…

to 2441: To and Fro

15 February 2020 9:00 am

FRANCIS THOMPSON, born in PRESTON, wrote THE HOUND OF HEAVEN and a poem, AT LORD’S, remembering the run-stealers that flicker…

to 2440: Dizzy tiny blonde

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The unclued lights (paired at 5/8, 24/3, 30D/30A and 42/35, and the singleton at 37) are titles of series of…

to 2439: More nuts

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The statement, ‘HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS (10/17) twenty-twenty’ was made by the FILM DIRECTOR (48/21) BILLY (4) Wilder (suggested by the…

to 2438: Shining Bright

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

The unclued lights can be linked with GOLDEN, at 30D, which had to be highlighted. The trio is GOLDEN EYE…

to 2437: Sketchy

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are PAINTING terms.  First prize Martina Fabian, Bourne End, BucksRunners-up Phillip Wickens, Faygate, West Sussex; A.H. Harker,…

to 2436: The Devil’s Own

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all words derived from names in the work of Charles Dickens.  First prize David Brewis, Windsor,…

to 2435: A Little Puzzle

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights are DWARFS.  First prize Bill Stewart, LeicesterRunners-up Mark Roberts, Luxembourg;John Bartlett, Solihull Got something to add? Join the…

to 2434: eat it!

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including the pair at 35/28, are CAKES.  First prize John Maynard, Motcombe, DorsetRunners-up Tony Mouzer, Birmingham; Michael…

to 2433: House and garden

30 November 2019 9:00 am

The painters were Millais (suggested by BOXING MATCH/SLOTHS: 1A/9D), Constable (GYP/FIRM: 7A/35), Gainsborough (EARNS/BROOKLYN: 29/24) and Landseer (NATION/SOOTHSAYER: 30/19).  …