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

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.

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