No 17 September 2017

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Across
1 Child prodigy drew unkind caricature (10)
6/26 What is just over half of 9? An assurance, such as 1 across (8)
9 Fast, I move to spot (7)
10 Above granary, bearing letter from abroad (7)
12 Billy Wilder clip to get Oscar (5)
13 Most negligible insult is French (9)
15 A Frenchman deals with repercussions (7)
16 Mexican state concealed most of Beta Persei (7)
17 Male magazine has spectacles for a short-sighted chap (2,5)
20 Puppet risen to fight (5-2)
22 Air Lennon composed to a type of equation (9)
23 Russian capital and region of the countryside (5)
24 Rex and bird take time in Auckland suburb (7)
25 Rummaging, say, as usual (7)
26 See 6
27 Attractive gold chaps enter, birth related (10)
Down
1 Wait where I’m ousted by student giving quarter to killer poet (4,7)
2 Type of surface rarely found on a slide (7)
3 Dire “Yes Minister” emergency no mystery (somehow) to a Sir Humphrey (8,5)
4 Almost be aware of c-call for help from home of bullish type (7)
5 Fairly dark film, with union leader replacing iodine feed (7)
7 Properly lubricate bore… (3,4)
8 …a creature of habit, taking every second in turn (3)
11 Can’t get this German 6/26? Tee-hee! (13)
14 Molière plot foiled by a misleading French 6/26 (6,5)
18 Memo Ron distributed around compound (7)
19 Duck to write song for a type of concert (4-3)
20 Uproar I fermented in Wellington (7)
21 Nagging musician? (7)
24 A line of scrap (3)

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No 17 September 2017

No 16 Jumbo Matariki crossword (July-August 2017)

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Across
1 Indonesian guy appearing in “Bottom” (8)
5 15 26’s flyer not fond of a Melting Moment (3,7)
11 Termite eater I’m told “never ‘urt anyvun” (8)
12 I’m fastidious, with a fixed routine about giving official permission (10)
14/28/42 Sir Danish Enchanter’s an ingenious writer (4,9,8)
15/26 Fungus creator saying yes to Scot in the street (rubbish about Diana) (7,6)
16 Heavens above! Taking drug in the Hebrides? (4)
19 Drug a branch of the police (4)
20 A systemic reaction to 2, for example; without drugs, one relies on it (6,8)
22 Being degenerate, entice with sex (9)
23 Divers method to remove moisture (6)
26 See 15
28 See 14
31 Antarctic archipelago from which one might obtain lad’s sin (7,7)
32 Passion found in the heart of the country (4)
33 One repeated giving the bird (4)
34 Load diamonds into suitcase found in the Arctic Ocean (4,3)
35 Our responsibility? (4)
39 Igloo brims madly with embarrassing misunderstandings (10)
40 Pest found in pie by Mike bitten by smoker? (8)
41 “Th-Theing” – the latest fad? (3,2,5)
42 See 14
Down
1 Auckland Suburb’s second rate – all have nothing at first (5,5)
2 A complaint that often goes unvoiced (10)
3 Negative state of new star (4)
4 A state in which one hears “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” (6,8)
6 “The state of being us” – Princess’ appearing in Winnie-the-Pooh’s ditties (9)
7 First sailing vessel to Mr Pye’s island (4)
8 Resistance units may be seen outside government post (4)
9 Met Ken, disheartened despite holding all the aces, near Warkworth (8)
10 The Four Cockneys of the Apocalypse, heading north to become Vikings (8)
13 Midge chasing little devil is like many of our waterways, unfortunately (6)
17 One German stepped into fight – “So, we meet again!” (14)
18 Work wine maker to crush (7)
21 Wake Stephen to make a meal (4,3)
24 Hello – Mr Sanders eats mince, then has a long sleep (10)
25 Castle-owners may be found out at midday (10)
27 Canadian city found in Kansas, too, strangely (9)
28 See 36
29 Fun poker placed by a joint, say (8)
30 A goer taking in a river is liable to change (8)
36/28 Key and Helen, say, sadly missed 29 (4,6)
37 15th century weapon reversed after end removed? Nonsense! (4)
38 Wilder unit of heredity? (4)

(By the way I hope you like the “star” design – Matariki is the Maori new year, and is also the name for the Pleiades star cluster.)

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No 16 Jumbo Matariki crossword (July-August 2017)

No 15 June 2017

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Across
1 Heron’s remorse initially rejected (5)
4 Where boiled beef and carrots might have been put before my old man (5,4)
9 Burning desire to portray borders of European republic (9)
10 Robin’s popular around the same time as her (5)
11 Nothing left? Fine (3,5)
12 Influence, for example, in personal transport (6)
14 As well Alison hasn’t got in (4)
16 Alien devours spacemen ordered to watch mechanism (10)
19 Henry edges away from “Nightmare on Elm Street”, withdrawing bookings (10)
20 Caesar’s off day’s endless, one thought (4)
22 First one was Adam West bound in middle of dungeon, disclosing true identity (6)
23 See 25 Down
26 Stick to the Boss (5)
27 Relief from a pain in the backside? (9)
28 Ex-groom really disheartened to get work raising livestock (9)
29 See 22 Down
Down
1 Promenade diamonds aboard abandoned seaplane (9)
2 Rustic Russians head to mountains (5)
3 Surely not Catwoman having regular triste with Robin? (3-3)
4 Two guys supply linen (10)
5 Picture cards match! (4)
6 Robin, the Archer’s victim, looked ridiculous (8)
7 What’s the point of a bolt? (9)
8 Initially, Laurel and Hardy sounded sweet (5)
13 Warning: Joker meeting heads of Arkham Asylum to hand over third letter (10)
15 Screen half of “Rove” and leading item from “Seinfeld” – after 8, events with cast treats (9)
17 Type of fat passed over, to put it another way (9)
18 Design musical piece for flatworms (8)
21 Pole cut into poisonous fish with strange starter: mould! (6)
22/29 Part of Auckland where you’d find Arctic Monkey with horse (5,5)
24 Rings nightclub (5)
25/23 Bats and round balls where players perform (4,8)

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No 15 June 2017

No.14 May 2017

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Across
1/9 Gold Card Ken’s twirl, flirting with someone who might be found at the Michael King Centre (8,6)
10 May put another 13 in as caretaker of a fortress (9)
11 Fiona giving rag to servant (6)
12 Michele has spirit in battle (9)
13 See 22
16 See 22
18 The NZ band put out by those making overtures (7)
19 Statesman I had back with zip, an’… (7)
20 …also a backsliding serpent (3)
22/16/13 Roughly order funny lad for Poet Laureate (5,3,5)
26 Saddle pursuer of status with dog (both tailless) for Glenn (9)
27 Ivan’s greeting in bird house (6)
28 Maori rota may create temporary suspensions (9)
29 Orderin’ Ian (6)
30 Iron Lady (short), good person I included in holiday (8)
Down
2 “Province in Zaire” – what butler might be heard to say before one (6)
3 Boasting, heading off, playing with toy (6)
4 With flowers like Molly or Leopold (6)
5 Fastest pace zombie can achieve? (4,3)
6 Zombie film drizzl’d in a drop of sweat (9)
7 Has origin in grassroots? (5,4)
8 Work not started, no excavations yet, and no openings for islander (8)
14 Showering with high-energy electrons not a double-crossing (9)
15 Ancient coil in the generator (9)
16 Qua third King of Judah (3)
17 Tuck may follow this bite and… (3)
18 …confront Joker for the Queen of Hearts, perhaps (4,4)
21 Boastful type announces cancellation of performance (4-3)
23 Squeal rudely at one’s peers? (6)
24 Goldberg’s band touring West Indies (6)
25 Charioteer: “Was it the Centaur I gazed upon? Not entirely!” (6)

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No.14 May 2017

No.13 April 2017

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Across
1 Party has small drink, misbehaves (4,2)
5 A building feature for revolting chap (6)
9 How we would describe you and me (3,7)
10/12 Auckland suburb with mouth ointment? (8)
11 Most theatrical, really – oddly rural
12 See 10
13 A tree about right for one who perhaps knows too much about too little (6)
16 Freeholders of yore, many liberated (8)
17 Like a line from 7 to 26 (8)
18 Tropical fruit cored for secondary schools (6)
21 They may be given to children at 27 (4)
22 The finer points of the Norwegian coastline? (3,3,4)
24 Stuff Greek letters back (4)
25 Working out, loses energy, gains nothing to remove spirits (10)
26 Brownish-grey May murdered King (6)
27 Letter visible above flower leads to religious holiday (6)
Down
2 Accommodate cool (7)
3 Agent knocks back fish (7)
4 Devout, abundant without company (5)
5 The First Victim? (5,4)
6 Adjust extent of backside? (9)
7 Malaysia, hot? Perhaps, but it doesn’t reach these peaks (9)
8 Weep, lady, amidst blooms / at first sweet, now falling, as / Spring comes to Japan (6,7)
13 Plug, and put oil on spoke (9)
14 Primate’s aunt with organ arrangement (5-4)
15 Know direction following tiger to school (9)
19 Fords found in polling booth? (7)
20 Accord English books x 7/3 (7)
23 Suitable spot amidst scenic headlands (5)

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No.13 April 2017

No.12 March 2017

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Across
1 All the letters to a Parnell Café (8)
5/11 Mark tide via movement of waterfront road (6,5)
9 In French religious work, note interval (8)
10 Hot rock smell for basin (6)
11 See 5
12 Song from Bowie, initially without MacAdam (9)
14 Fashion icon voiced hesitation before vault, making a tiny step (7,4)
18 Jim Henson might have had a hand in this? (5,6)
21 How police arrange road block: second unit’s heading off to get rock band (9)
23 Oddly, Keanu’s ruin is a tree (5)
24 One of the Flintstones? (6)
25 Forbid torments from soldiers’ quarters (8)
26 He had a plum job once (6)
27 See, space travelling freed them from time (8)
Down
1 Plan to cook Ned in oven (6)
2 “Fitting 10 up with pole,” in the local dialect (6)
3 Be a square, performing dance position on one leg (9)
4 An utterable mess found at the top of a column (11)
6 Key absence causes distressed utterance (5)
7 Plant may, in this way, follow one (8)
8 In spite of leaders getting award (not hard!) it’s the same whichever way you look at it (8)
13 Six-footer with a device placed by each nation’s borders – the Spanish, in our case (11)
15 From Andrew Lomu to Korean island (9)
16 Afflict a shin protector, say (8)
17 Make Thomas go up and down for Nobel laureate (3,5)
19 Who’s French, with revolutionary food? (6)
20 Rock band eats edges of XXX (6)
22 Drink dispenser may come after fibre (5)

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No.12 March 2017

No.11 Jan-Feb 2017

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Across
1 Cinders hotter with assistance of this (match applied later) (5,9)
8 Film about lowlife? (4)
11/17 Musician composed “Valid”, an American best (9,5)
12 Composer of “Gold”, past fifty, adding a couple of notes (5)
14 Jazz enthusiast seen in a 25 with Dick (3)
15 Paid at start, in part to return to arenas (6)
16 Hastily make clothes shortly before election? (3-2)
17 See 11
19 A strike hit, revolutionary shambles (8)
20/29 A black horse could be described as both a 25, and a work by 43 (6,3,3,5)
23 Sing about 12 24s, then find this in pocket? (3)
24 Small change in panel she fixed, initially broken (11)
27 Late criminal son parachutes (7)
28 Pleasure seeking characters partial to being ditched on iceberg (7)
30 See 20
33 Māyā ‘n’ chess pieces (3)
34 Ruse to overthrow coup organiser (6)
35 Current greeting to leaders of British Industry at “Frog and Toad” (8)
38 “Pancake’s left in receptacle,” I added (5)
40 A clear path? I’ll say! (5)
42 Bridge player carried back to dress (6)
44 Rattle traded in 47/39? (3)
45 Idle one, Heather (5)
46 Engagement following Parisian abduction (6,3)
48 See 19 Down
47/39 Sailor and runner featured in a 25 (4,3,3,9)
Down
1 Folie à deux at first a passing fancy (3)
2 Atoll has tenants (5)
3 The beginning of Spooner’s expensive boat, say (4,3)
4 Getting rusty? Ring 10-1-500-1 to start (small charge) (9)
5 King’s work with Scrooge an unknown quantity (6)
6 Claw edges away from stale bone (5)
7 Poet’s final letter pro-Auden, surprisingly (4,5)
9 The Channel Islands: home to a number of plants (5)
10 They grumble about Queen’s German parent going first (9)
13 The Cenotaph, for example, is meaningless to a Bachelor of Medicine (5,4)
18 TV show for couch potatoes? (1*1*1*1)
19/46 A 25 rational to follow a work of 43 (7,4)
22 Stopped after Head relaxed (5)
23 Propeller hub arbitrarily taking slice out of plant (7)
25 Move camera to me! I’m up first for entertainment with plenty of ham and cheese (9)
26 Fatuous, mad, no saint (5)
28 Whales the tar out of chumps that break out (9)
29 Damage continent without force in Latin American republic (5,4)
31 Come to eventual agreement with 25 actor on strike? (6,3)
32 Work by 12 may take the strain out of the Kingston Flyer (4)
36 Plants from Wells’ time? (7)
37 Took by surprise without a particle (6)
39 American pale after ten (5)
41 See 47 Across
43 Musician’s timeless neckwear (5)
47 Japanese film of an ex-flower? (3)

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No.11 Jan-Feb 2017