No.36 July-August 2019

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Across
7 Band popular with young and old? (3,5)
8 Directions given to Alfred, an actor, to make dessert (8)
11 Might research facility almost make Number 4? (6)
12 Fragrance of timelessness, in retrospect (5)
13 Concerned with military takeover? Get paid back (6)
14 Appeals when Kanoa’s heartless (4)
15 Two Dames with the highest marginal populist victories? (4,5)
17 Furs floating on the waves? (4)
18 Paternal Stone gathers no… (6)
20 …porridge, which is heartless after the first (that is, after George the First) (5)
22 ‘old grudge against a bower? (6)
24 He’d hire needles (but no drugs) to make traditional Austrian garments (7)
25 Push out alumnus Stein, barger! (7)
29 Beastly drink, perhaps? (6)
30/26 Herbert G. Gaunt failing kid who wants to be cooler (5,8)
31 How unpleasant is this suburb? (6)
32 Upper class fool in charge of military matters in “Dr Who” (4)
34 Bill Short or May outside Number 10 (9)
37 Tell stories like a pirate? (4)
38 Take away from Ted Round – cow chews it over (6)
40 Final part of “The Prisoner” follows Village heads having a crack at Number 6 (5)
41 Not safe to swallow this introduction? (4-2)
42 Our Man in Grenada is greedy (8)
43 New York district with a flower spanner for sale to the credulous (8)
Down
1 Demands kinky sex act (6)
2 Roper’s row? (4)
3 Peters falls for actress (6)
4 A skirt with altered DNA for Number 3 (6)
5 Where the 7 down for ringers is? (4)
6 Spice Girls finally released Number 12 (6)
7 Sailors sing about boxes for 11, 34 or 40 across, or 4, 6, 9, 10, 19, 21, 28, 33 or 41 down (4,4)
9 Number 11 – the age of which should hold water (8)
10 “Number 9 Dream” – essential, uncut, needing no introduction, remastered (7)
15 Article with heads of religious institute claiming to be both human and divine (9)
16 Huntin’ around, uses head to get echinoderm (3,6)
19 Number 1 tenses of be mingle (5)
20 20 across gang regularly in prison (5)
21 Number 7 building closed in Wellington after lines removed (5)
23 Form drops? Have sex with partners! (5)
26 See 30 Across
27 Lair watchers, they say, prefer to avoid unpleasant truth (7)
28 Number 1 by Prince – “Fabulous birds ascend to Number 8” (8)
33 Almost put faith in gold, or vice versa, for Number 2 (6)
35 Using e-cigarette? Put half back on the footpath (6)
36 Smells like egg’s sour inside (6)
37 How often 7 downs recur – a day early, to some extent (6)
39 Drive in a US city, nearly (4)
41 Number 5 is a condensed type of battery (4)

 

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No.36 July-August 2019

No.35 June 2019

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Across
1 Mist what some engines need to get before they start? (5,2)
5 Going solo, Cyril, in one of the 7 18 down? (7)
9 Bunch caught an American shine (7)
10 Allow to cut back and quarter American money (7)
11 Stewed prune issues? Winston Smith removed their records (9)
12 An 18 across in 3 is with it, coming between two leaders (5)
13 Forger of tomb lacks Mithraic artefacts (10)
16 Texas has this sort of 18 across (4)
18 See 24 Down
19 Forge equipment to topple baggy pants (10)
22 Virgin’s most prominent 18 across’s a typographic unit (5)
23 Fate of a suitably large 18 across, once in Calcutta? (5,4)
25 Excitedly beginning engagement to a girly, say (7)
26 Instrument with which UK rebuffed EU about line the French followed (7)
27 E.g. Maggie Bridges has an afterthought (7)
28 Removes from office – it’s in international organisation’s provisions (7)
Down
1 Give in and copy hesitation in vessel (7)
2 Outfit to pique curiosity (5)
3 Tamaki getting worked up about religious instruction for a 18 across 9 (8)
4 18 across, perhaps, with fame rising in the past (9)
5 Maps an 18 across in the 7 18 down (5)
6 Horny bird about to dry off out east (3-3)
7 Top couple ignoring the odds? One for marriage, giving the eye like? (9)
8 Get up at almost eleven, about? (7)
14 A state agency to 8 sap into hardened sap (6,3)
15 Kingdom, not gold, put up an 18 across in 3 (4-1-4)
17 Strikes at UK’s Owl Service (8)
18 Resists disturbing worker bees? (7)
20 Unsteady dancers? (7)
21 Worked at “U.R.Us”, where 3 is found (6)
23 Adams’ handle’s Ferry’s (5)
24/18A Separator should be leading lady, perhaps? (5,4)

 

 

 

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No.35 June 2019

No.34 May 2019

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Could this be “The ______ __ ___ crosswords?”

Across
1 See 24
6/19 4 wears peachy ensemble for medical treatment (12)
9 After 4, panto character goes to pieces about nothing (5)
10 Van you loaned is called “Defiant” (9)
11 Segregates out the seasonal confectionery (6,4)
12 After 4, large vessel of sin? (4)
14 Louse from the right could be on a vessel (3,3)
15 Brands disfigure heads (8)
18 Leaves in a vessel when gels and son sicken (4,4)
20 Owner of a knot matching Cupid’s bow? (6)
23 Cockney bloke to backstitch sheepish 4s, perhaps (4)
24/1 Brian’s lovely children were roughly shaken by William (3,7,4,2,3)
26 Comes to being concerned with river, and understands (9)
27 4 of which is a shiny layer left by fruit (5)
28 Day he rashly made animal feed (5)
29 After 4, heads of convents sue Priors unlawfully (9)
Down
1 Sticks film in vehicles after satchel (9)
2 Visits insignificant compared to the ocean (5,2)
3 Sexy idea you almost developed: giving a flower! (5,5)
4 The greatest lepidoptera catcher of all? (6)
5 Recently created island addressed in song by the Village People? (5,3)
6 Regular doses of culture may suggest an answer (4)
7 Butler’s place is before the good Doctor No (7)
8 Panto characters running hot and cold? (2,3)
13 Video caller raised storylines set in tall building (10)
16 Sinister manipulators leaving influence aboard vessel (9)
17 Angle screens towards underwear (8)
19 See 6 Across
21 City lady takes goods on vessel, say (7)
22 Listener‘s bills posted? That makes sense (4,2)
23 Before or after 4, a deity who’s beneath us (5)
25 After 4, ancestral home’s also left at the start (4)

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No.34 May 2019

No.33 April 2019

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The answers to the clues marked * contain a baby name that the Department of Internal Affairs rejected in 2018.
Across
1 * Fat Cat was lost in space (5,3)
5 * God follows West Indian servant (6)
9 * Learned, say, to promote, and was shaken into a kitten (3,5)
10 * Is king deposed while superior to runners? (6)
12 Perfect Trump’s art after one (5)
13 “AA” joining EU on March the 1st to form an association for the promotion of learning (9)
14 * They save balls up by line, to sighs of relief (8)
15 * Warning note from Kurt Vonnegut’s sweet singer? (5)
18 Retreat – right, not in bind again! (5)
20 Over-eggs attendant audibly and in a mean way (8)
23 Cut finger? Give job back! (9)
25 Reign over bodies diagnostic of rabies (5)
26 Leave – object to 23’s heads swelling (6)
27 * Lands (David Bowie’s?) roofing contract? (8)
29 Fighter enters before he goes abroad (6)
30 * Told to surrender a regal distillate (5,3)
Down
1 Magician upset rock band over nothing (6)
2 * Arbiter’s intended-to-be-heartless wisdom (9)
3 Money reduced difficulties! (7)
4 Japanese era’s “inverse” ? (3)
6 * Questions how happy Robert Louis Stevenson was sure we should be (7)
7 Behold, anger in France! (5)
8 Two notes lost from cash put aside to reduce risk to authority (8)
11 * They say the ones I have aren’t the subject of Charteris’ work (3,5)
13 Nana and I sin indiscreetly with erotic writer (5,3)
16 Igor and I lose – monster played in a devotional manner (9)
17 * Adjourn for rascal (8)
19 * Caligula’s penguin? (7)
21 * Robert Louis Stevenson’s Ben’s age? Could be dinosaur food! (7)
22 * Long for what Paul Simon said Betty can call him – a prayer book? (6)
24 Excuse Baba’s sexual orientation (5)
28 Move middle of vehicle back one place to create employment (3)

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No.33 April 2019

No.32 March 2019

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Across
1 Two men and a 3 (9)
6 3 of air plus first sharp intake of it (4)
8 Why fun gig takes place (may scare pets) (3,6,5)
10 Gallery’s got direction in a sense (5)
11 Sped back to traitor? I’ve got a story! (9)
12 Stole thus described, as is no more shooting (3,1,4)
14 Thus boy to get into a worse 3 (6)
16 Tyger taking a spin? (6)
18 Actors holidaying on a desert island? (8)
21 Coming swiftly over the matting? (9)
22 Small bark returned to Vanuatu, initially a subscription service (3,2)
23 Patriarch meets green President (7,7)
24 Earring, sire? (4)
25 Rodent’s significant other said “So, thanks for a 3!” (9)
Down
1 Conductor mentions result of Stewart’s diet? (9,3)
2 Joyce’s day-long work during July’s sesquicentennial anniversary (7)
3 For example, liquid form of 10 (5)
4 3 are mostly another 3 (8)
5 3 ‘as very French erection! (6)
6 I pitch one in the wind, like Jimi Hendrix
7 Comic gimmick, to cover church in glue? (7)
9 “N-navy spaniel went overboard!” – in a 3 (12)
13 Bear how a microphone could be supplied? (9)
15 God and little monster lose black anteater (8)
17 An uncommon little meal (7)
19 Encouragement to find the best route? (3,2,2)
20 Lady’s member to render innocuous (6)
22 Magician getting Eastern food (5)

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No.32 March 2019

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.