No.31 Jan-Feb 2019

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Note to the solver – you may like to see how many answers you can find relating to 1 across 50
Across
1 Derek has the edge on Ian, a free spirit (8)
5 Zee bubble’s burst for “Lord of the Flies” (9)
11 Lawyer stomach? It’s a fact! (5)
12 Travel by runners to the banks of the Euphrates? Heavens above! (5)
13/16 Manifestation of 7’s anger comes from the 12 (11)
14 “Aduration” led back to prison for heavenly body once thought to lie in the cis-30 region (6)
15 Divine being, into fruit (7)
16 See 13
20 What is about a middle thing? Yes (7)
21 Leaves out old gloves, say (5)
23 Farrow University of Otago, leading to “The Call of the Tame” ? (5)
24 Half-hearted 19 taking in mixed-up youth leader is a creeping grass! (6)
26 Astronomer’s female: a sign… (7)
30 …of copper detected in jovial planet (7)
31 Help idiot to sit unfomfortably (6)
35 Outcast sank beneath the waves, I hear (5)
36 Secretly push a magpie-robin? (5)
38 Chill and stay around? In your dreams! (7)
39 Frank is yawning (4)
40 A partner in crime might initially, for example – LOL (7)
42 Take off point to turn out (4,2)
45 Fashionable bird who puts a sheet of material into a surface? (7)
47 Church contains grass container (5)
48 Strict, sending good fellow east to artist (5)
49 Slip and slither after 50 (9)
50 Composition for harp and Dyson? Not quite (8)

 

 

 

Down
1 One who leaves the board taken in by worker who threw weapon into lake? (8)
2 The Spanish chap’s sexy in front of innkeeper (8)
3 Musical is largely reversible, inter alia (5,3!)
4 Further from the prodigal son (4)
5 Windows, for example, with smears, perch before instruments played by Deacon (4,7)
6 Praise divorcee and man whose wife turned, turned… (5)
7 …turned Egyptian city to God (4)
8 Jackson’s work could be better (3)
9 Rub up the wrong way, drink, upset the Foreign Office, and leave in a rush (5,3,2)
10 Work out nothing 17 for one to be married in four acts (6)
17 Told of no improvement (6)
18 Do 8 things on male ‘umans, say? – Same meaning, different words (8)
19 Virtual distance to Zola (5)
22 Stops broadcasting autocues, perhaps? (8)
25 Before noon, a cry of pain in panic for boastful coward (11)
27 Brought up the Italian one with capital, 2001 being long past (10)
28 Cider mixed with unknown ingredient – CO2? (3,3)
29 Unusual detail attached to northern ruler (5)
32 Keep urge in, or you may need waders! (4-4)
33 Dare to follow admirer to go to dance (8)
34 Smirk audibly at your old fellow feeling (8)
37 How the wind blows in 1 across 50, regardless (6)
41 Wow! A soldier owned by 29? (5)
43 Viewers are a quarter positive (4)
44 Unite me and her, almost (4)
46 Lye can be extracted from propylene glycol (3)

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No.31 Jan-Feb 2019

No.30 December 2018 – A crossword ladder.

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An important note to the solver Mary-Louise Browne’s artwork in Lorne Street gets from WORD to DEED by changing one letter at a time. Similarly, you can get from 29 across to 26 down via 22, 24, 27, 2, 25, 12, 10, 6 and 3. The clues for these each contain one or more 1 downs.
Across
1 Gobble without evasion? (4,6)
6 Abstract art with Klee extremely radial (4)
9 Yearn for a man in uniform, audibly found in pesto (4,6)
10 The Trench film almost reaches Taupo, for example (4)
11 Dab at input and output outside area (5)
12 Wash non-starting Mini on… (4)
17 …a belt in reverse, the beasts! (7)
18 Very lawful to go to court (7)
19 Bury, for example, in a “whole” (7)
21 Stag grass the German’s over? (3,4)
22 Tuff, like Bond without a… (4)
23 …clump of MPs to offend (5)
27 Bluff hero returning on time (4)
28 New black, small, yes – also known as Tiger (6,4)
29/26 Inheritance of Grant Jaguar has no inclusion (8)
30 Satirical magazine featuring Sherlock Holmes? (7,3)
Down
1 Party politicians hiding a defect (4)
2 Hover inside of railway track (4)
3 Put belly back in the Maori nipper (4)
4 Serenader drops English and, oddly, goes over again (7)
5 Laments the Spanish siege-buster (7)
7 Woman pierced vein, injecting heroin, then came down in a rush (10)
8 TV show? The answer’s simple (10)
13 Car reversing in gear, initially, with exhaust – this starts the contest (6,4)
14 Overhear cant and “Revolution No.9” (6,2,2)
15 Disease of hair covering golden head (5)
16 Be around young man who’s dashing? (5)
20 He goes to bed and, in the USA, may make your ride smoother (7)
21 Tsar Nicholas and Caligula, say, round five (7)
24 Past Lye time (4)
25 Be bad in reverie (4)
26 See 29 Across

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No.30 December 2018 – A crossword ladder.

No.29 November 2018

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Across
1/6 Hang about to take in moon and planet, a source of many mysteries (5,5)
9 Hypnotic power barrier placed around Luxembourg (7)
10 Should when before to tough out (5)
11 First lawyer Benjamin meets alien and Norse god (5)
12 Firearm to end life, conceivably (7)
13 Qualifications given to English playwright (5)
16 Remove hair from the rich? That’s back to front! (5)
19/23 Haggard ruler’s pages ate dark buffet around a campaigner for 4 (4,8)
20 Out of order in hospital to operate backwards on member (4,3)
21 Brand horse with loose coat and a slight shaking motion (6)
22 “Be more sustainable with rubbish? F off!” (5)
24 Ex-player I find rather hot (6)
25 Bomb threats? They’re mad! (7)
26 Worker’s quarter has existed in the past (4)
27 Lower oneself like Sam (do tell!) (5)
30 Trade union leader Howard coming before the Spanish fairy Queen (5)
33 Arrange pay-outs to determine cause of lateness (7)
34 See 38
35 Bic pen (a French one) with rug rat (occasionally) (5)
36 Alan and Moira – he pulls the wool (7)
37 Religious discourse on cunning we rejected (5)
38/34 Aunty is initially hot and cold (5,5)
Down
1 Sailor James: “I’m on a roundabout!” (5)
2 Aberdonian slugging a stand up? Seconds out! (5)
3 Frequently decimal (5)
4 Argues very loudly about franchise (8)
5 Sunday joints heard to expel irritants (6)
6 Setter with education’s getting just deserts (5)
7 Concerning, to hide under a leading son of Rangi and Papa (5)
8 See 19
14 Discard 2 for a goer from Europe (7)
15 Stop playing? Not quite yet (7)
17 Weed in your meal? (4,3)
18 Adams ale to run in battle (7)
19/8 Kahupake Rongonui ends with “Schulmeister”, a piece by writer (4,5)
21/26 Placed at Janet and Ben’s – a high flyer (4,6)
23 See 19 Across
27 Excitement aroused by boots? (5)
28 Strict squeeze (5)
29 Claims he doesn’t have a soup (5)
30 My car’s got gas, Cicely (5)
31 Forbid weird guy’s stock (5)
32 Wasted right to be in study (5)

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No.29 November 2018

No.28 October 2018

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Across
8/30 11 was to settle on an alleged inhabitant of 28 (8)
9 Here, French Queen was less warm (5)
10 Foot, for example, has time after university (4)
11 One may sit back in their calling (6)
12 5’s heart following relation with a spar for food delivery (5,3)
13 Leaves as group is playing “Taken in” (8)
15 Knock back drink with 11s and the mother of Tityos (5)
17 11 was at Melbourne Cricket Club with a sweetie (7)
19 Eats with cheek in, making more than one mistake (4-3)
22 Occasionally enrich Bill for nothing (5)
24 A stubborn creature is the Father, as 3 may have Cimabue (8)
26 Basket itched to drop bait, as 32 did Sigmund Freud (8)
28 Princess accepting head-to-toe help for Oracle H.Q. (6)
30 See 8
31 Type of paper computer, man (5)
32 Was this 11 in “About a boy” ? (4)
Down
1 Just as Yogi was losing heart… (4)
2 …girl ‘ad Narnia adventure! (8)
3 11 was soldier and Holy Roman Emperor (6)
4 They’re most in for joint annoyance (7)
5 11 in hairy entanglement with a measure of cloth (8)
6 11 gets a grand before rising in the morning (outside USA) (6)
7 11 made tax collector in an instant (4)
14 11 was rasher than most? (5)
16 11 was best thing in one’s eye from a very soft Italian article (5)
18 “Fine city,” Simpson is heard to state (8)
20 What could precede and what could follow “AL” is voluntary (8)
21 11 was very ‘elpful to cook losing glasses (3,4)
23 11 was sexy before (6)
25 11’s girl going north (not west), say, heartlessly framed (6)
27 11 was finally sunk taking shelter (4)
29 11 was owned by Prince (4)

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No.28 October 2018

No.27 September 2018

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Across
1 Shoot when finally caught and bound (6)
4 PM on committee, as played by 6 (8)
10 Material for Haydn organ recital (9)
11 Elvis rocking outrages (5)
12 Poles place listener between approaches (5)
13 Bananas amuse Holst – like Schubert’s 8th symphony – at a poor residence (9)
14 Mamma’s successor doubling as Aboriginal shelter (3 3)
16 Venerate one in brown study (7)
19 Bach regularly seen outside zone I dissolve in acid (7)
21 Nelly East, mysterious wand designer… (3,3)
23 …using streak and pickle to enchant (9)
25 Partial to taking it easy in a small town (5)
26 I make music heard as sugary cover (5)
27 Raising the subject at the palace (9)
28 Hail General Peg, getting back into Wagner’s work (8)
29 “Ocean Child” – one of twelve piano pieces by Tchaikovsky (6)
Down
1 Command to dog to take in Len Carson’s 1 across (6)
2 Passing with heads swapped could lead to disgrace (9)
3 Cuts from cans (5)
5 One who unearths unknown drone forever buried (7)
6 Berry ordered 21 van’s follower to give in (9)
7 “You’ve been ‘ad – bye!” (5)
8 Ravel disheartened, Ravel ends (8)
9 See 15
15/9 Has second job: on at one, to work by 6 (9,6)
17 Verdi, say, a Kink? (3,6)
18 It’s embarrassing, getting beaten up? (8)
20 Cowardly foreign dog imprisons cook after vacation (7)
21 So-called Judge and his accoutrement came before 6’s van (6)
22 Ring around after 6 for the 1 across from Bergman (6)
24 Send away magazine after team replaces first midfielder (5)
25 Companion in rock is yellowish-orange (5)

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No.27 September 2018

No.26 July-August 2018

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1 See 23 Down
5 They destroy old but insufficiently valued members of the community taking tea at home with chestnuts (9)
10 Regret, the Parisian way (3)
11 Initial rotary action lacks sense (13)
12 Employers of rotary action to trim 5 are sometimes said to be the new ones (10)
13 Avoid Dunedin location, going west to grind food (6)
15 Breaking, for example, part of leg? Use a drug (3,4)
17 One Barry lit goes off in a huff (9)
19 Crown Middle Eastern one the Maori way (5)
21 Maya is involved in retrospective account of port in the Middle East (5)
22 Public transport? Parking? Walk! (5)
24 What’s left after Red Queen entertains Principal (9)
25 Type of 33 found in a skinny tube (7)
27 Where a 33 guards what it doesn’t want (6)
29 Underwear incorporated test for sea dweller (5,5)
32 Without vessels, wandering cart valuer taking cross around Middle East (13)
33 Do-gooder starts to fasten hatch (3)
34 Porters hold I read about 33s (9)
35 The most supercilious form of dissent (7)
Down
1 An extremely portable flare? (4,5)
2 Drench you and I in open (7)
3 Lingo of fool getting time off for maiden (5)
4 Forget clothing, I have helical ribs! (5,7)
5 They’re found on tanks and leaves (11,6)
6 Hello, here’s a small coaster vessel (4)
7 Approaches organs from the north (5)
8 Seed I put under magazine’s midsection in sober organisation, causing a fear of buzzers (9)
9 Recoil when G.B. follower eats your head? Yes (3,4)
14 A kingdom like Ekland, say the French aboard space station (7,5)
16 Terrorists’ panel game from the Middle East (5)
18 Worthless stuff brought to Otago University for a giant armadillo (5)
20 Carpet, then almost sack politician? Not I! (9)
23 Before taking off judge in a fix… (9)
23/1A …I overrule Mina’s coarse slang term for 5 (7,7)
26 One game is cut short (7)
28 Kevin rejecting tax department’s antelope (5)
30 Big bird returned how much sugar for a 33? (5)
31 Party thrown for a 33? (4)

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No.26 July-August 2018

No.25 June 2018

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Across
1 Falls beneath the 19 23? (7)
5 See 21
9 Pad at university with bearer of arm (9)
10 Doddery OAP OK with giant invisible rabbit (5)
11 Shred first item on the agenda (4)
12 Church official knowing AC/DC retailer (10)
14 Chains can be found in the 19 23 (7)
15 Quiet cowboy losing heart to reindeer (7)
17 Man who would be King of the Impaired Orbits (3-4)
19/23 Noises can be traced to this water feature (7,4)
21/5A/24 Is a water-repellent arch running – possibly with a tray of drinks? (3,7,7,4)
23 See 19
25 Perfect for cricket? (5)
26 I’m chasing players dropping catch (apes!) (9)
27 A drink at 12’s place, say, found in the 19 23 (3,4)
28 Lubricator of good rubber with right to advance (7)
Down
1 Mischievous fabrication heard, possibly in the 19 23 (7)
2 Harmless fabrication of smack in a gumboot (not left one) (1,5,3)
3 Rod left aboard cutter (4)
4 Star worker going to Mars? (7)
5 Love getting one for nothing (sometimes found in the 19 23) (7)
6 Sanction one policeman on old city ramparts (10)
7 Time of rising expectation, about a century (5)
8 One making angry retort in the 19 23 (7)
13 Factory owner has ‘elpful artists turn up; almost all accommodated (4,6)
16 Copper accepts blame; scoundrel, wanting closure, gets very drunk (9)
17 Cops out swimming in the 19 23 (7)
18 Refusing to study unknown gin mixture (7)
19 Wells into which Toffler has fallen reducing by 50% (7)
20 Fashionable fellow addict to get teapot (7)
22 Bonus supplied by next rating (5)
24 See 21 Across

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No.25 June 2018