Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Christmas Prize Crossword

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Christmas Prize Crossword

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* Five solutions are of a kind. Their clues do not contain a definition, but may hint at context. Respective word-length indicators ignore any punctuation.

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Across

1 Workforce now striking discontentedly (6, 4, 7)

11 Tries my uninhibited support for this way of promoting ability (5, 6)

12 Heads agree to do less exam supervision initially (7)

13/16 Failed blue war on Oxford college threat (3, 6, 3, 6)

16 (see 13)

17 House plot could be found in a field (3)

18 Dubious senor at the centre of Gunpowder Plot (7)

19 Lengthy association between Chaney and contemporary film actress (7)

22 Found in the mud at Newlyn, perhaps (5)

23 Itinerant Bond villain gets 60 per cent of the capital (3-6)

26 Buried in Westminster Abbey for rather a long time (3)

27 Minutes not a measure! (3)

29 I lure thee into Shelley's band of freethinkers (9)

30 She has bad back following round of golf (5)

32 (see 25d)

34 (see 25d)

36 Annie from Oklahoma is in trouble (3)

38 Fail to keep track of lone scout's wanderings (4, 5)

40 Hope to finish most of crossword? It's really a two-handed job (9)

42 Parisian on Brazilian coin!--very strange indeed (7)

43 When judge's asides cited I abort the proceedings (6, 5)

46 Why turn on EH--cuts or otherwise? (3, 4, 3, 7)

Down

1 Scaly animal retreats right at the last (7)

2 After a pointless war gets a stripe (3)

3 Exceptionally one is not a party to weird ritual (5)

4 Unfriendly departure of the West from policy (3)

5 Types of insect not introduced to river at beginning of the season (7)

6 This novel is mine own creation to savour (5, 2, 4)

7 Part of 13 (or 16) used in authentic reconstruction (7)

8 One's departed from this country for another (5)

9 Set to catch light it causes 24 (9)

10 He led rats away (4)

14 Take away woman to lie down (5)

15/21 Be quite sick after getting no backing--last place again! …

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