No.24 May 2018

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Across
1 Razor wielder’s prizes (7)
5 Bill’s token charge (7)
9 Delicate, or indelicate? (3-6)
10 Non-uniform, it’s with end of giant cry, upon reflection (5)
11 Biblical patriarch refusing oral examination? (4)
12 Heats latte after a fashion, in any case (2,3,5)
15 What manager does in charge of old language (5)
16 The current measure of a politician (3)
18 See 23
20 Enthuse over petrol (3)
21 Biblical priest occasionally ignored eel pie (3)
22 Sound asleep, tuck backside behind head for foreign gentleman (5)
23/28/18 Who, ere way lost, hid fortune? This is what we don’t know (3,5,2,3)
25 Spooner’s boy left unfinished (5)
27/1D Heroine, only local celebrity at first, becoming international star (4,6-7)
31/36 Refine odd parts of Tauiwi race for poet (4,7)
33 German setter starts to lie about fruit (5)
34 Champion of our sphere? Not necessarily (9)
35 Refrigerant made from blubber? No info (7)
36 See 31
Down
1 See 27 Across2 Pavlova surrounded by spill of ink? Blame Ghanaian diplomat (4,5)
3 Biblical prophet knocked back ritual drink (4)
4 See 13
5 Have a soft spot for Ngaio? (5)
6 N.B. I’m inside with Lew, 9 – the grass! (10)
7 Beneath mainframe, having removed case (5)
8 Letter ‘E’ left in ski-run (7)
13/4 Top drawer cat’s to berth old Ford (3,5)
14 Philosopher using a stick to grasp colour of 16 in New York (1,1,8)
16 (Ex?) forest dweller (3)
17 Plea we regularly put to the bench (3)
19 Greek Princess and King give rise to a protest (9)
22 Lady to ring about varnish (7)
24 Nice agreement to move start of debt (3)
26 Eeyore’s failing sight (7)
28 See 23 Across
29 Enzyme I’ve heard gets up late (5)
30 The part of the body where the hat is placed (no pressure!) (5)
32 About to argue and gloat (4)

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Highlight for the previous month’s answers…

Across: 6 Agonise, 7/18 March Hare, 10 Chatterbox, 11 Speak now, 13 Bestie, 17 Alice, 19 Carrot, 20 Eared owl, 23 Grant’s Tomb, 26 Lite, 27 Peter, 28 Thinner.

Down: 1 Complainer, 2 Oilcan, 3 Beta, 4 Imitable, 5 Br’er, 6 At Hop, 8 Hoosier, 12 White, 14 Scheduling, 16 On a trip, 17 Artistry, 21 Rabbit, 22/9/15 Watership Down, 24 Nuts, 25 Oats.

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No.24 May 2018

No.23 April 2018

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Across
6 Think long and hard about East Saigon (7)
7/18 The bounder’s mad! (5,4)
9 See 22 Down
10 Key, mad chap on TV, doesn’t half 21 (10)
11 Mountaintop shrouded in snow? Do this if you find the union objectionable (5,3)
13 Closest friend’s one of “The Boys” (not “A”) (6)
15 See 22 Down
17 Victorian child star swallowing light metal (5)
18 See 7
19 Creator of 17 across almost to start something 27 21 didn’t eat (unlike lettuces, French beans and radishes) (6)
20 We adore Lake Booby, a bird with feather tufts on its head (5,3)
23 Ulysses rested here (6,4)
26 The French accepting it’s “Lo-Cal” (4)
27 Potter’s 21 to stroke Queen (5)
28 In the right tavern to get turpentine! (7)
Down
1 “A possible follower of Dot but less fair,” he moaned (10)
2 Nought to 49? May hold fuel! (6)
3 Letter obtained from a speculation? Contrariwise! (4)
4 I’m a piece of wood, unlike Jeeves (8)
5 Burberry, oddly, for a clever 21 (4)
6 Travel card dancing (as 21 might) (2,3)
8 H2O’s one, with reference to Eliza Doolittle living in Indiana (7)
12 Late 21 pursued by 17 across (5)
14 Making time for outhouse holding 100 upstart fish (10)
16 Touring where Grace Slick may have seen a 12 21? (2,1,4)
17 Where you might learn about ‘olbein an’ ‘ogarth? (And their talent) (8)
21 Teacher, leading Taoist, found in Burroughs I’m told (6)
22/9/15 Dilutes groovy home for 21s (9,4)
24 Mad about knockout (4)
25 Toad Hall squatters send good bloke off to get breakfast cereal (4)

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No.23 April 2018

No.22 March 2018

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Across
1/4D Peacekeepers meet alien mud threat in one work of 28/5 (5,3,8)
4 A head of golden hair framing dangerous 21/23 (9)
9 To put it in a nutshell, I’m told not everyone was fed (7)
10/26 Vent once, but now a non-event (7,7)
11 Called a dog from Kansas a 10/26 (9)
13 Purée pants for money (5)
14 Cast church aside to go to Hell (3)
15 Me, a nuptial arranger? (So arrange!) (10)
18 Wild rage makes a mockery of female relatives (5-5)
21/23 Communist principles, say, might describe the twins in 1/4D (3,5)
25 Yearning for a loch? (9)
26 See 10
28/5 Me, having taken in Goldfinger – “Wow! Great writer!” (7,3)
29 Stop trauma with talking cure, as taken by Blanche DuBois (9)
30 Look back when dipped into salves (5)
Down
1 Releases from bands (8)
2 Doormat, in effect? Just the opposite (9)
3 Mailer’s New Journalism? (7)
4 See 1 Across
5 See 28 Across
6 Charm discovered during the thirteenth rally (7)
7 Joke: “We get up at dawn!” (5)
8 Where to watch, taking in educational TV’s talking heads? (6)
12 Oddly, I’m here after work with writer, a father of the A-bomb (11)
16 Attempts to catch vessel heading east, where lathework is carried out (9)
17 Hero’s headless remains found by Doctor Seuss (8)
19 Auckland Transport’s profit is on the line (2,5)
20 Fit one half of gnomes’ abode into Bishop’s office (7)
22 Pushes head vampire into runners (6)
24 Uninitiated proposer’s more competent (5)
27 Repulsive creature inhabiting the Wilberforce house (3)

 

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No.22 March 2018

No.21 January-February 2018

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These are my clues, and if you don’t like them – well, I have others.

Across
7 Poaches 18 with stalks (9)
8 See 2 Down
11 My facilitating left inside in a hard-working way (9)
12 Lumpy jam assists in disclosing where 8 down shot an elephant (7)
13 Charles is a follower of X (4)
14 Moral is, dead will return after swallowing 17’s heart (7)
15 Just over half the weapon returned? Boring! (4)
18 Like 8 down maybe used in a 4 bore? (3,4)
20 Sister throws sticks joined by chains (9)
21 A bit more than 12% of the octopus (3-6)
23 Grant a small measure was detailed before skunk pig (7)
24 Just over half the weapon plucked by one of 1 (4)
25 Ended by injury on top (5,2)
26 Continue with show (undoubtedly influenced by 1) (4)
30 Initially reluctant to please 11, so revert (7)
31 Spoiling posh gilding ‘n’ embroidery (9)
32 Skinner ate it? (6)
33 Irritation of P.A. beheaded at a church (9)
Down
1 Comrades? (3,4,8)
2/8A Driftwood’s deal, partly? 17 doesn’t believe it! (6,6)
3 17 losing head, getting right, stirring singers (5)
4 A work of 1 – like Sir Gawain watching Parsifal, say (1,5,2,3,5)
5 Fool Ryan and I with a bit of conjuring, Iraqi! (8)
6 Instrument used to prohibit Ms Brand? (5)
8 Criminal applauding antics of explorer in a work of 1 (7,9)
9 Discharge, sulphate salt, is all over effigies (9)
10 “The elephant in the room,” might be thus qualified when saw leaves (2,3,6,4)
16 Ruler of the drink, say (5)
17 One of 1 gets no points for style (5)
19 Fighter I hear might like a 32 (9)
22 Nina 15 exceptional as an employer of elephants (8)
27 Express confusion over who killed Samuel Ratchett (6)
28 Chat show host rebuffed one of 1 (5)
29 Dodges work diligently, embracing nothing strenuous at either end (5)

 

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No.21 January-February 2018

No.20 December 2017

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Across
1 Florentine house, tenement inoffensive to witch doctors (8,3)
7/24 A bat, for example, has a metre, a millimetre and a litre (6)
9 Doctor’s one taking care of harsh legislator (5)
10 Firm sister to beat poser (9)
11/18 Mood to alter? Getting warmer! (7,6)
12 Article holding little fellow could be like “The Great” (7)
13 Song in which Pete Townshend talked about his chromosome allowance (2,10)
17 Rudely arousing Lucy Lawless (12)
20 Plants lady’s accessory on Morse. (7)
22 Rodents I’m told Spooner gave a larger number of random number generators (7)
23 A sewer’s extremity, where hard coating mostly goes west (9)
25 Maxes out in testing conditions (5)
26 See 5 Down
27 English tuxedo inspired French letters? (7-4)
Down
1 Half of modern music torn to shreds (8)
2 Studies conflict raised amidst sound of bells (8)
3 First century Imperialist holding key and acting for ancient type (3-6)
4/8 How 19 described 11/18 as 13’s menace left mourner unsettled (7,4,6)
5/26 Little Irish fellow with long hair and short height (6)
6 Dicky heart missing name included fabric (5)
7 Fox scaring up a mother sheep (6)
8 See 4
12 Leading up volcano? Give up while there’s half a chance! (11)
14 So, Lourdes trip cured B.O.? (9)
15 Radostina Todorova lands part repeating a phrase (8)
16 Relations in a web? (8)
18 See 11 Across
19 ‘arsher name for one subject of Leighton Smith’s gaffe (6)
21 Spontaneous commercial freedom (2-3)
24 See 7 Across

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No.20 December 2017

No.19 November 2017

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Across
1 What cad twirls, spilling so much tea (9)
6 Bill’s indulging in heartless sex – for Sitting Bull, for example (5)
9 A type of 1 that may be held by a 12 (9)
10 Gosh, Mr Le Pew, it’s a one-time settlement near Taupo! (5)
12 What one of the Distinguished 21 may be in 16 (5)
13 Refiners accommodating our respecters (9)
15 You German idealist – nameless, with bicoloured stripes! (11)
18 Company rivals you overthrow with great appetite (11)
21 Blonde admirers of Harry, meet Glenn (9)
22 Heard to eat cream puff (5)
24 Kindle a key arrest (1-4)
25 A type of 1 mucks around with garden implement (9)
26 Betrothed bachelor, given what one of the Distinguished 21 may do in 16 (5)
27 Owner of a famous 1 entering temple bareheaded for concubine (9)
Down
2 No slipshod rising is going to make a bloomer (6)
3 The City of Grahame? (6)
4 An Arabian port where you’ll find thieves (4)
5 Almost intercept Queen’s Cavalry for Cheryl West, for example (4,2,9)
7 Endanger outside a type of 1 (8)
8 Location of 1 expected to maintain its stiffness (5,3)
11 The circle of 21? (7)
14 National’s chipped in first – it backed Buddhist school (7)
16 Glower after advance cut short – time to get a new walrus or toothbrush? (8)
17 A parting shot is totally fashionable? Amen to that! (4,4)
19 Rushes out; that could be a factor (6)
20 Pretend Aberdeen Angus said it’s a numbers game (6)
23 Militant group’s almost diseased (4)

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No.19 November 2017

No.18 October 2017

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Across
1 Ready for Heat magazine? (3,6)
6 Rubber ink land? (5)
9 Use ochre extravagance? O.T.T. in Remuera retreat (6,5)
10 Trades Union Congress backing end of take (3)
11 Chuck’s worth broadcasting (5)
12 More saggy, more wily about cry of pain (9)
14 Whaling more than once (7)
15 Half-hearted, most balanced, least fresh (7)
16 British architect with Coolangatta connection desires endless floozies to start with (7)
19 Relating to emblem of 25 down: rodents, tail first (7)
21 Supervisors of prophets following six deliveries (9)
22 Holder of a Toyland resident (5)
24 Periodically reclaim priest (3)
25 The first paper, I arrive by the ends of the day – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry! (11)
26 Beyond the ends of the day; 27 wouldn’t thank you for his (5)
27 Guarder of a plot, he allegedly eats without knife or spoon (3,6)
Down
1 Implied bird in current? The other way around (5)
2 Input from Lawrence rose following directions (7)
3 Having finished with Shelley, spends a night in the 8 (11)
4 Breaks his in heartless films (7)
5 Poles bearing coin appearing before cells (7)
6 That is cold in the 8’s type of cap (3)
7 Flexible decoration may be found on bathroom wall, I’m told (7)
8 Worker damaged car; jerk’s after a pole position (9)
13 Coolangatta, left out for an hour, demolished? You can get there from track 29 (11)
14 Passage east held by Welshman at the end of the month (9)
17 Shirt dynasty reigning, I hear (7)
18 Be back in Chinese port, but not the whole nine yards (7)
19 Check whether you start to give evidence (7)
20 Weds briefly (7)
23 Crazy toys? (2-3)
25 A hard drink for baby (3)

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No.18 October 2017