Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Readers' Room: Competition, Puzzles, Facts and the Fan

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Readers' Room: Competition, Puzzles, Facts and the Fan

Article excerpt

Across

1 No doubt this bird woos its mate softly (6)

4 Mines where all may play their part? (4,4)

8 Severe officials (6)

9 Disorderly, although it looks as if there is a chief in charge (8)

12 Is this what life is like in EC 16? (9)

13 A final letter means that there are some gas cuts; two shillings are needed to restore it (5)

14 and 20 The sound of a bell-buoy as it shifts to and fro? (8)

15 First-rate, but not at golf (7)

18 Gather together for prayer (7)

20 See 14

22 She comes out of the ball in dancing shoes (5)

24 Strain of the senses, perhaps, after double their number (9)

25 A transport chief for the terminus (8)

26 Unpretentiousness on the rugger field? (2, 4)

27 Goatsucker (8)

28 Comfort from sun and star (6)

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Down

1 An upright style (13)

2 A drink for an operatic hero (6)

3 Come to pass (9)

5 Spicy--and a humorist, it seems (7)

6 He is on edge with us (5)

7 Agile as a lithe cat (8)

10 This makes hard work at the theatre, but is beneficial in the holidays (6, 2, 5)

11 and 20 Contempt may be seen above the circle (8)

16 Milton's roses open (9)

17 It seems that the Queen's husband also made tarts on the side (8)

19 Beloved of 2 (7)

20 See 11

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Answers to crossword of 26 October 2009 Across: 1) Bishop 4) Antigone 10) Tendons 11) Masters 12) Eden 13) Celebrates 15) Cowman 17) Deferred 20) Pathetic 21) Atossa 23) Coronation 24) Hair 27) Trailer 28) Theseus 29) Honeyman 30) Dryads

DOWN: 1) Buttercup 2) Synge 3) Oboe 5) Numbered 6) Insurgents 7) Overtures 8) Eases 9) Islet 14) Maternally 16) Watermain 18) Diaeresis 19) Wisteria 22) Ports 23) Catch 25) Arena 26) Wear

This week's solutions will be published in the next issue of the magazine

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