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.1 Summer 2015-16

Set by Māyā

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Across
1/27 He’s doing what he normally does for relaxation (7,7)
5 Pushed drug mixed with another one (5)
10 Agent in capital backed ruler (7)
12 Take it from me (or don’t) – the magazine’s cool! (7,6)
13 Vicar sat in pew around one / To get a glimpse of things to come (7)
14 Eileen’s rector, not entirely unorthodox, tries to get the most crosses (12)
15 Murders in books are most pleasant (6)
16 From anything, yields a lot (4)
18 A summer won’t add up with just one! (7)
22 Bride’s outfit incomplete? Much to learn! (9)
23 More flamboyant thrower peaks before going west (9)
24 Australian newspaper needs to drop editor for old Greek tyrant (9)
26 Thrower and I left cathedral city in a huff (9)
27 See 1
28 Periodically poses it, it’s said for surreptitious attention seeking (4)
30 She’s left me one (6)
31 Originally, an ugly guy thought of enlargement (12)
33 Twill betray youngster (7)
34 Skiing: not as good as it used to be? (5,8)
35 Macnee dropping current athletic female – is result “The Avenger” ? (7)
36 Woods line Golf Central (5)
37 Beds nun roughly, then becomes less stiff (7)
Down
2 Salamander’s order: “Lead our organisation!” (7)
3 Nobody knows why autobiography has “ecstasy” instead of “love” (7)
4 Nine voices advertising daring trapeze artist? (5)
5 Organisation named? Not yet (9)
6 Steer follows visionary assistants (5,4)
7 Hurry up! They’re abysmal! (5)
8 Sally in bed with Joan; they have a number of channels available to view (7,6)
9 Rough weather before, in addition to children’s chorus (3,2,5,3)
11 John Key’s trending (and his office) (11)
16 Put up with ambitious eminence (5,8)
17 Finally, Wells’ machine is in its rightful place (3,6,4)
19 Needy, losing heart, 34 (6)
20 ‘igh danglers, perhaps (4-7)
21 I explain (somewhat nasally) how I’ll find out where Sarah Palin was Governor! (6)
25 Betjeman’s bomb-site in grand act of removal (9)
26 Philosopher’s man I’d put with one who 5 across (9)
28 The ripe bananas, pretty please (7)
29 Chose one diamond (7)
31 Worry, as gnats about (5)
32 A bird found on the Nile? (5)

No.1 Summer 2015-16