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

No.10 December 2016

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Across
1 Nice day for spreading poison (7)
5 Sachets will lead 5 down, so to speak (3,4)
9 Harbour doubt about ketchup ingredient, say (9)
10 She’s against environmental legislation (5)
11 Bend Ms Clark right away? Could be misleading (8)
13 College where tailor is involved with Ms Collingwood (6)
15 Not for strike? Must finish before a deadline! (7,3,5)
17 Droning host? Goof off, idlers! (4-3-8)
21 Toasts a boy at Rugby’s? (6)
22 Prepare chap for the stage? (8)
26 Author said to get side dish (5)
27 29 (possibly involving 1 across or 14) rarely answered by the butler (9)
28 Surrendered, as the 29 has by the end of a 27 (7)
29 Problem – my tyre’s burst! (7)
Down
1 Hoods caught birds (5)
2 Popularly believed to be first word said tonight, I’m told (5)
3 Russian going topless for Spaniard (7)
4 Assessors of lady left university at South Oregon beforehand (10)
5 Correct as far as the 20th letter (2,1,1)
6 An epic about nothing inhaled, about nothing inhaled (7)
7 Bolt to fringes of western settlement in Otago (9)
8 Marine reptiles see Kansas while swimming (3,6)
12 Clothes just hang on her (3)
14 Knock out monster from loch swallowing gold (10)
15 I hear South American canal boat worker’s verbal dispute (4-5)
16 Express regret that Olympian deity left out non-U appearance (9)
18 French end touch down at the Moomins’ homeland (7)
19 Hello, a small amount increases setbacks (7)
20 Found within no-go area, a former Portuguese colony (3)
23 Maiden in church to take short steps (5)
24 Crackers taste like macadamia, perhaps (5)
25 Creditor? Just get married! (4)

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No.10 December 2016

No.9 November 2016

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Across
1/12/29 Solar panels Dr Green placed around park (7,4,7)
5 Knowing road to a type of door (7)
10 Perhaps hide enclosure from rug bang, say (6)
11 Attempt to hit article; I miss at first (3)
12 See 1
13 Unfit to badger Frankish king (8)
14 Rough, plump youth caught holding (5)
15 “Thy posterior art unclad” – radical school project (7,6)
18 Atlas, say, showing e.g. “Narnia Through the Looking-Glass” behind horse (8,5)
22 Finish with bottom in the air (3,2)
24 Goes back in regard to indulgences (8)
25 Shrink when placed before the French gives wilderness (4)
26 The odd drink (3)
27 Incense from stingy plant (6)
28 Give a second ring concerning harm to railway (7)
29 See 1
Down
2 Beastly to return blade (6)
3 A 2 with active Scot, related to Isaac (9)
4 A 2 with Ernst, oddly brilliant (7)
6 A 2 with audible smear; might be fond of a Tramp (7)
7 A 2 with Bond’s boss; it may have contained sultanas (5)
8 A 2 with rock inspectors (8)
9 A 2 with ringmaster arranged means to force entry (9,4)
16 A 2 with chess pieces Edward coloured (9)
17 A 2 with esculent heart, but very small (8)
19 A 2 (legless) that is mixed up with right Romeo wannabe (7)
20 A 2 (6-legged) Princess upset receiver (7)
21 A 2 may have provided this neckwear knight struggled to achieve (6)
23 A 2 mother’s principles (5)

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No.9 November 2016