Crossword solution

2507: Knightly? - solution

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are characters and places associated with King Arthur. First prize Belinda Bridgen, London NW8 Runners-up John Samson,…

2506: Summer’s voice - solution

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ferns: RUSTY-BACK (26/5A), WALL RUE (48/7A), MAIDENHAIR (1D/11), OSMUNDA (18), BIRD’S-NEST (20/45) and POLYPODY (24). PTERIDOMANIA…

2505: Endgame - solution

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are the final headwords for B, D, E, F, S, T, U, W, as listed in Chambers.…

2504: Collectors’ Items - solution

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights are nuts, as suggested in the perimetrical rhyme. First prize Adrian George, Barton under Needwood, Staffs Runners-up Willie…

2503: Applery - solution

15 May 2021 9:00 am

The traditional county towns were Chester (misprinted as CHEATER: 27), Durham (DERHAM: 21), Derby (DERRY: 32), Lewes (LENES: 36), Reading…

2502: Nay-sayers? - solution

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are HORSES. First prize Bob Toland, Ramsey, Cambs Runners-up Gareth Davies, Langstone, Gwent; Catherine Knox, London SW4…

2501: Delightful - solution

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The ‘Transport of Delight’, in the song by Flanders and Swann, was that ‘big six-wheeler, scarlet-painted, diesel-engined, London Transport, ninety-seven…

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-Trent Runners-up Alison Gillam, Knotty Green,…

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, Herts Runners-up…

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,…