Issue 105: Crossword – Opera Festival

18 May 2017

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Opera Festival

 

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Opera Festival

Across

    1  Help a? (4)

    3  Dirty Don (8)

    8  Madame Butterfly was one of them (7)

  10  Guess what? – the Enchanted one was a prince after all (3)

  11  Very English composer who dabbled once with a Spanish Lady (5)

  12  Can be comic but are often this (6)

  14  The bartered bride became Jenik’s (6)

  16  Tristan eventually finds love with her (6)

  19  Herring who worked in a greengrocer’s (6)

  21  Can be comic or this (5)

  24  Ariadne was left on her ….. on Naxos by Theseus (3)

  25  Ades one based, like so many, on a Shakespeare play (7)

  26  Cretan king a subject for both Mozart and Strauss (8)

  27  Position of Cherubino (4)

 

Down

    1  Visited under duress by an Italian girl (7)

    2  They often end with the heroine doing so – for example, Violetta or Mimi (5)

    4  Based on a Shakespeare play but left unfinished by Smetana (5)

    5  Descriptive of a Figaro one (7)

    6  Otello character (4)

    7  Quite a contingent of them in the Beggars Opera (6)

    9  Designed to showcase the work (4)

  13  See 23dn (3,5)

  15  Hero of this Handel one not a marmalade cat (7)

  17  Features the Dance of the Seven Veils (6)

  18  That of the Commendatore proved fatal to 3ac (6)

  20  What the Count and Rosina try to do (5)

  22  Garbo who played such a singer in ‘Romance’ (5)

23 and 13dn     Mozart thought all women behaved the same way (4)

 

Issue 104: Crossword – Plain Vanilla 20

11 May 2017

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Plain Vanilla 20

 

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Plain Vanilla 20

Across

    1  Pensioners are protected by a triple one or are they? (4)

    3  Monstrous expanse of water? (4,4)

    7  George Eliot or Boffles, for example (3,4)

  10  Inventor who made a big bang (5)

  11  Colourful flower (6,5)

  13  Can be a problem if there are not enough Native Americans to follow them (6)

  15  Hamlet was concerned ‘Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and …… of outrageous fortune’ (6)

  17  How to cover up one side’s lack of points? (9)

  20  Period of peace and happiness (5)

  21  Where you wait for ages for one and then three come along together (3,4)

  22  Rodent prone to hiding valuables? (8)

  23  Burden is on us (4)

 

Down

    1  Mime to music (3-5)

    2  Kiel or White Sea, perhaps (5)

    4  Germans we took in on the death of Queen Anne (11)

    5  Ban imposed on countries such as North Korea and Zimbabwe (7)

    6  Its performer is unaccompanied (4)

    8  Did a spell of house painting before moving into politics (5,6)

    9  Someone keen to hear is all ……. (4)

  12  Uranium has a number of them such as 238 & 235 (8)

  14  Acknowledgement of indebtedness (1,3,3)

  16  You are getting big-headed if you think you are the only one on the beach (6)

  18  Discover how to make direct advances to the opposite sex? (3,2)

  19  ‘Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my …..remember’d’  Shakespeare (4)

 

Issue 103: Crossword – Rhyme Time

4 May 2017

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Rhyme Time

 

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Rhyme Time

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    5  What the king drank in Dunfermline town while searching for a skeely skipper (5,3,4)

    8  Auld Ayr, wham ne’er a town surpasses, For honest men and  ……lasses.’ Burns (6)

    9  ‘ O, gie me the lass that has acres of o’……., O, gie me the lass wi’ the weel-stockit farms.’  Burns (6)

  10  See 3dn (4)

  12  ‘England’s on the anvil -hear the hammers ring -, Clanging from the ……..to  the Tyne!’  Kipling (6)

  14  ‘In the …….. of the heart, Let the healing fountain start’  Auden (7)

  15  ‘Pitt … Addington As London .. .. Paddington’   Canning (2,2)

  17  ‘I sometimes think that never blows so red The Rose as where some ……. Caesar bled’  Fitzgerald (6)

  18  Christopher Robin went down there with Alice to see the changing of the guard (6)

  20  It ‘ sailed away for a year and a day, To the land where the Bong-tree grows’  Lear (3-5,4)

 

Down

    1  ‘He for God only, she for God in him; His fair large front and eye sublime declared   ……  ….,    Does Milton equate Adam with people like Ivan the Terrible? (8,4)

    2  ‘Man marks the earth with …. – his control Stops with the shore.’ Byron (4)

    3  According to Bette Midler, all the Hawaian ones are full of musical peaches who bring their 10ac along (7)

    4  ‘Then the liars and …..are fools for there are liars and …… enow to  beat the honest men and hang up them’  Shakespeare (8)

    6  ‘ I had a dove and the sweet dove …. , And I have thought it …. of grieving’  Keats (4)

    7  It’s a difficult matter. ‘ It isn’t just one of your holiday games’  Eliot (6,2,4)

  11  ‘ There midnight’s all a-glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And …..full of the linnet’s wings. ‘  Yeats (7)

  13  ‘Much had he read , Much more had seen; he ….. from the life, And in th’ original perus’d mankind’  Armstrong (7)

  16  ‘Afoot and light-hearted I take to the ….. road, Healthy , free, the world before me’  Whitman (4)

  19  ‘She left the web, she left the …….., She made three paces thro’ the room’    Tennyson (4)

 

Issue 101: Crossword – Down to the Pub

20 April 2017

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Down to the Pub

 

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Down to the Pub

Across

    1  Where a load of nonsense is talked? (4)

    2  Common queen whose consort occurs as well (8)

    8  Historic one which has given its name to a north London area (5)

  10  Accompanies 21dn (5)

 11 & 6dn        Royal insignia (5)

  12  7dn ingredient comes with a stack (6)

 14 & 22dn      Surely it serves more than squash? (6)

  16  National hero – on his own or with his rank or title (6)

  19  Worn by 2ac and often with a rose (5)

  21  Sort of coughs you may get after your visit (3)

  23  ……. Tun but treble is more common (3)

  24  Franz Joseph or Napoleon?  More likely George V (7)

  25  Was this Earl Elizabeth 1’s favourite local? (5)

 26 & 22dn      Does it stock Strongbow? (3)

 

Down

    1  Young chimney sweep is the PC explanation (5,3)

    3  What you do there (6)

    4  Less common big cat (5)

    5  Really?  Yes as tilers –  either with or without 6dn (7)

    6  See 11ac (4)

    7  What to drink and some may even be real (4)

    9  Usually with a dog (3)

  13  Legendary animal but still to be found (7)

  15  Where sailors go for a drop? (6)

  17  Hard to find a decent one in the rest of it (6)

  18  Another Queen but rarer than 2ac (4)

  20  It does during licensing hours (5)

  21  Old-style transport – usually white or black (5)

  22  See 14 & 26ac (4)

 

Issue 100: Crossword – Tarts

13 April 2017

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Tarts

 

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Tarts

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    1 & 3ac  Flemish gangster’s girl? (4)

    3  See 1ac (8)

    9  Last transport of Madame du Barry (7)

  10  Can be ladies at this time of day (5)

  11  Common ingredient (5)

  12  Elizabeth who has played several including Cleopatra (6)

  14  They can be. Look at Catherine the Great (6)

  16  Sounds like the secret recipe for it was unofficially disclosed (4)

  18  Hospitality worker in bar quite likely to be one (1-4)

  20  Herb one – will usually contain cheese or onions as well (5)

  22  Could be apple but the choice is enormous (5)

  23  A bit too syrupy for some? (7)

  24  Possible wear of 18ac and her colleagues (1-7)

  25  A Gwynn associated with 22ac (4)

 

Down

    1  Did a bit of spying as well (4,4)

    2  Melon is possible but this is sharper (5)

    4  A young one (6)

    5  Member of Fagin’s gang (5)

    6  Common ingredient (3,4)

    7  You need to wait until it does so before tackling custard ones (4)

    8  Duchess who had a colourful life (6)

  13  This one comes complete with  cooking instruction (8)

  15  Strawberries and this are a good combination (7)

  17  Do exist but town more usually associated with cake (6)

  19  …lichtbezirk. Where you will find them in Germany (3)

  21  May be present at this party (4)

  22  Is this one duff?  No – that’s something different (3)