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

No.8 October 2016

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Across

1 Bear becoming a 15 on the 14th of October (6-3-4)
10/11 Often seen before the 2nd, a 15 playing Helen at Bezique (5,9)
12 Feverish, I take a seat – tell me that’s forbidden! (7)
14 Reactionary action movie? (7)
15 Almost 24, confused, I ran back to an elder (12)
19 Gained by letting Clinton Era upset me (6,6)
24 Not French cooking light ingredient (4,3)
25 Where you probably won’t make these into your carbon footprint! (7)
26 Butt ends attached to barrels (9)
27 French animal left to pepper plant (5)
28 Killing twice, fool a country (13)
Down
2 One hands out ethics (6)
3 Pole not prefix to follower of Flying? (3)
4 Vote in Egyptian god or another mythological character (7)
5 It may be used to change the locks (4,3)
6 Cockney’s woolly sock? (5,6)
7 Alice Cooper a ticking bomb? No, just a bit flamboyant (8)
8 Fit out with electronic joke (5)
9 Using parasol and producing gradual change (7)
13 Hip Nige’s set around last part of Jan, grand for a 15 knocked down in 2006 (11)
16 Drink may be a trap (3)
17 Mate, hang loose with Mrs Key (7)
18 Worker I placed in my Parnell restaurant (8)
20 Perhaps ticks where you’ll find religious nonconformists (7)
21 Flotation tank from space station found in Ontario (7)
22 Make lace and show (6)
23 A song about lamps (5)
27 Piece of information straight from the horse’s mouth (3)

 

No.8 October 2016

No.7 September 2016

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Across
1/11 The Queen’s local residence? (7,6)
5 Father has ample lunch at bookshop (7)
9 Aged teacher no oil painting? On the contrary (3,6)
10 Device is found in mutant (5)
11 See 1
12 Ploy used by gutless guy near New York state after hearing “I do, I do, I do, I do, I do” ? (8)
14 Agitated, as admirer may be to get married (5)
16 Creature not trapped in a 25 8 – male, very loud – a bear? (9)
18 One who sidles in to hunt for returned fish dishes (9)
20 “Bear” is OK back in the French version (5)
22 Masses with repeating musical phrase by 19th century composer (8)
23 “Vamoose!” – Dominic edges away from creature found in a 25 8 (6)
26 Remove charge for marriage? (5)
27 Held back out of consideration (4,5)
28 A tiny chance, unlike E.T. (7)
29 Being coy, toss head (7)
Down
1 Creature of court and church found in dive (9)
2 They’ve nothing on detectives who infiltrate fanatics (7)
3 Type of mail for mobile home owner (5)
4 Grade grass blade, finally (4)
5 Creature may mimic angle (10)
6 Pork loin carried on shoulders? (9)
7 A TV channel in debt? For Pete’s sake! (1,3,3)
8 Lie level in U.S. building (5)
13 Happily give total encouragement (10)
15 Cheshire Cat’s final appearance in the church for a 25 8 sourpuss (3,6)
17 Father left in pub with female ending in an ordinary state (9)
19 Goofy’s more like a duck? (7)
21 Maori crazy about cupboard (7)
22 “Rum-ours” over middle of “Finnegans Wake” ? (5)
24 None differ on source of eggs (5)
25 Ribs from young creatures (4)

 

No.7 September 2016

No.6 Jumbo Winter puzzle

(July-August 2016)

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Across
9 Photographer’s flash indicates slowing down (5,5)
11 Fit Billy with inner ring and axes (8)
12 Reverse the flow, or like Kirsty Cameron! (6)
13 Add lustre to socialist party leaders’ perspective (7)
14 Award from topless Motörhead frontman (4)
15 Wager the Spanish is a type of nut! (5)
16 Wild ass returned spice after nibbling tip (6)
17 After 16 mix-up, ‘e’s missing pole instruments (6)
19 I hear supplier of furniture is more yucky (6)
21 Can’t I? The Sister holds the opposite (10)
23 Ruler and fish collection featured in April issue (5,8,6)
25 Most definitely the most distant! (3,3,4)
27 Previously fit? Breathe out (6)
29 Prim, fussy and heartless? (6)
30 Uncontaminated by Western Australia, heads for the cemetery (6)
32 See 34 Down
35 All prefix back in a short time (4)
36 Like Prince or Madonna, may initially reject my childish taboo (7)
37 Rodney and Mayall, say, are saturated (6)
38 Dashed Doctor heard to make a fuss (8)
39 Stick first cake in oven out of order – back to square one! (5,5)
Down
1/20 Cross weapon at bastion of Remuera society (6,4)
2 Heads up about the French painting (5)
3 Urges to increase cholesterol intake? (4,2)
4 Worst is Grandfather Simpson, initially troubled by candour (19)
5/36 Why, at last, cured meat (a megatonne!) returned to children’s writer (8,4)
6 See 28
7 Not quite Scooby-Doo – Shaggy? (3,7,8)
8 Look closely at chopper hovering upside down over pit (7)
10 Writer of “Sixpence” and “The fireman likes dancing” (9,9)
17 Go too far – could result in pets (8)
18 Barry: “I’ve torn up the prayer book!” (8)
20 See 1
21 The alphabet? Simple as! (3)
22 Laugh out loud and long, and lie (4)
24 Hot – remove sheepskin – cold (3)
26 Trust hinge (6,2)
28/6 Region around school where proper English is taught? (7,4)
31 Baby carrier in place of marsupial (6)
33 No unfashionable dog star was united with Isis (6)
34/32 When it’s inside, hero enters famously swinging old hotel (5,5)
36 See 5

 

No.6 Jumbo Winter puzzle