Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Crossword Centre May 2021 Prize Puzzle

 Confusion Down Under by Flowerman


The grid is confused in some way, as suggested by clashes in six cells. In five clues, three consecutive letters in the wordplay must be removed before solving, always leaving real words two or more letters long. The five sets can be arranged to form a phrase (9,2,4) which specifies the only information suitable for resolving the confusion. It was intended that the solver would be able to identify this information after solving. However, a misprint created during setting has meant that an incorrect entry was clued, and so not all the required information will appear. The solver must deduce which is the incorrect entry and change it to the intended one (which is in Chambers). Clashes must then be resolved accordingly. Apart from proper nouns, all answers to clues are in Chambers except for 10 which is in ODE and 29d which can be confirmed at Dictionary.com.

Across
1 Beside shelled pagoda unit put in a gun-platform (7) 
6 Receptacle of African orchid almost cubic (4)
10 Hardwood from Bolivia put in secure place after docking (8)
11 Wooden villas not allowed to provide drinks (4)
12 See off crass sailors (7)
14 One needing training at the front after week’s absence (4)
15 A retiring royal stays in camp (6)
16 War god departed without question and turned back ... (3)
17 ... Egyptian counterpart in two days (5)
18 Artist’s piece out of this world (5)
20 Chaps spending $100 each on junk? (5, 2 words)
22 Scottish cardinal not half welcoming cracking religious feast (5)
24 Publish one chapter about mystic symbols (5)
29 Old poet’s first reading-book missing page (5)
31 Flight to New York mostly unsatisfactory (3)
32 European years ago killing five in Philippine province (6)
33 Book African over missing limes (4)
34 English officer turned silent after the leader’s rant (7)
35 Darwin’s champion collecting a South American game bird (4)
36 Breeze swirling around sides of Eastern chapel (8)
37 Sailor’s getting rid of hurtful letters (4)
38 American editors stupidly forgetting to access codes (7, 2 words)

Down
1 Worries about college lecturer’s distinctions (6)
2 One tucking into wild mango soon expressing dissatisfaction (7)
3 Grass getting cocaine for Long Island deputy (5)
4 Sea creature with unique supporting muscle (7)
5 General meaning to meet officer in charge about headgear (7)
6 Sweetheart owned up about visits (5)
7 Imposter wanting one thousand guineas for birds (5)
8 Installed in kitchen, a copper counter six cubits in length (5)
9 Shellfish and minced duck are best avoided by bride (6)
13 Rubbish US state judges casually dismissing police sergeant (4)
14 King briefly accompanied by guards once registered (4)
19 Bad smell over south-east after barrel degrades (7)
20 Sea creature’s rising occurrences having nothing to do with pH (7)
21 No ‘bravo’ for ballet dance badly performed (7)
22 Acting priest restricting bishop’s circumlocution (6)
23 Dogs get energy out of fruit (4)
25 Earth held together endlessly by universal centre of attraction (4)
26 Fish head away from albatrosses (6)
27 Branch manager ultimately married in Australia (5)
28 Monkey cages beside colonnades (5)
29 Crystallographic lines of xenon in volcanic rocks (5)
30 Better off discarding husband’s kitchen utensil (5) 

To enter this competition, send your entry as an image or in list format giving the final entries to ccpuzzles@talktalk.net before 8th June 2021. The first correct entry drawn from the hat will receive a book from the Chambers range, which has been donated by Chambers.


Friday, 16 April 2021

Crossword News April 2021

 

Crossword News April 2021

The March Prize Puzzle was Cracking! by Soup. This clever puzzle took the form of a safe dial. Turning the dial correctly revealed the three items, gem stone, secret papers and money box. Here are some of the comments from solvers.

This was a challenge with testing clues and an endgame that required patience to execute but with a rewarding denouement. I cannot begin to imagine how Soup constructed this - maybe he has supernatural powers!  Congratulations to Soup and to the Crossword Centre for continuing to supply high quality puzzles.

Well this has certainly kept me occupied for a while.  The initial grid solve was fairly straightforward.  The repositioning of the letters was a bit of a slog and did not immediately reveal the missing items. I later realised that I must have made an error in one of the circles but I was near enough to make my guesses.  Thank you Soup for a challenge of a slightly different nature.

I really enjoyed this - it very much put me in mind of Kea’s fantastic Listener ‘Safe-cracking’ but a much faster solve! Hats off to Soup on the construction - I’ve no idea how you would even start. I did like moving all the rings around and seeing the safe revealing its contents.  Thanks Soup for a really fun puzzle.

There were 55 entries to this tour de force, of which 4 were marked incorrect. The lucky winner, picked from the electronic hat was John Doylend from Bungay, who will soon be receiving his prize of Chambers Crossword Dictionary which is donated by Chambers.

There is a full solution and video at https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/2021/04/solution-to-cracking-by-soup.html

You have plenty time to solve our April puzzle, Round Robin XIII and email your solution. Remember to vote for your favourite clue. https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/2021/03/crossword-centre-prize-puzzle-april-2021.html
It is very sad to note that one of our regular clue writers, CG Rishikesh, has recently died. Rishi was the longest running crossword setter on The Hindu newspaper and will be sadly missed.

The May Prize Puzzle will be Confusion Down Under by Flowerman.

We would welcome submissions of puzzles for September and October.
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The Listener Crossword Dinner was held on Zoom with Jane Teather as host. It began with some obituaries. Jane noted the passing of Atlas (Mick Polley), Chris Butler, Symphonia (John Dawson) and The Tall’n (Terry Allen).  Don Manley gave a tribute to Richard Palmer (Merlin) and he has kindly allowed me to publish it here.

Richard Palmer MBE (31 March 1947- 25 December 2020)

 Richard Palmer and I met nearly 50 years ago when he joined The Institute of Physics Publishing Office in Bristol. It quickly became obvious that we shared a passion for crosswords and we became rival competitors in the new Azed clue-writing competition in 1972, both winning prizes early on, Richard first then me. Richard was a joint annual champion in the 1972/73 first season along with Colin Dexter and Alec Robins. The Ximenean tradition shaped our clue-writing styles for all the subsequent decades.

In 1975 Richard won the Azed monthly cup for two successive months and placed that cup on his wedding cake when he married his office sweetheart Marilyn. Later that year an opportunity for both of us to set barred puzzles was provided by The Azed Book of Crosswords in which Azed’s solvers contributed puzzles. I made a puzzle in the shape of an A and Richard one in the shape of a Z, thereby emulating Azed who had made up a crossword in the shape of an X to honour Ximenes.  Richard decided he would have a go at setting a Listener puzzle and had his first one Arosti, checked by Jim Evans and published in October 1975. It was a fairly straightforward letters latent puzzle spelling out LISTENER CROSSWORDS. Richard duly attended the Listener Dinner at Ye Olde Cock Tavern in Fleet Street where he met Azed. I was distinctly jealous and it took me a year to catch up with him, when my own first Duck puzzle saw the light of day. We subsequently went to Fleet Street together to join about twenty old codgers for something like an average school dinner.

Richard and I set crosswords for some of the same publications over the years, among which were Games and Puzzles and the lesser known IEE News, IEE being The Institution  of  Electrical  Engineers.  Eventually we both contributed puzzles to the Telegraph. Richard’s mother (who survives him) was a keen Telegraph solver who worked at Bletchley Park.

Richard set fifteen Listener puzzles, the peach of which was his Royal Flush puzzle of 2002 celebrating the Golden Jubilee by incorporating all the kings and queens of England – and even the Commonwealth. The puzzle survives in The A-Z of Crosswords by Jonathan Crowther. Richard won prizes from Azed right to the end and my last message to his hospital bed on Christmas Eve was that he had won a second prize for STUDENTY. He told Marilyn   that he was relieved not to have won first prize because posting off the cup was a faff.

So much for Richard and crosswords, for now. There are other things you should know. Richard spent all his working life at The Institute of Physics and was awarded the MBE in 2006. He was an exceptional bridge player and a very good chess player. On the day of his funeral his beloved Leicester City were top of the table. He was a cricket fanatic too. More than all that, our families were big pals, never very far apart though our career paths diverged. Richard and Marilyn had a daughter Claire, and a son Andy to whom I am a godfather. He was a proud grandfather and loving husband to Marilyn who remains a close family friend. No longer can Richard and I compare clues and no longer can I phone for hints when I have filled in a Listener puzzle and cannot see what to do next. I am missing Richard – that’s for sure.

Don Manley Oxford, March 2021

Shane Shabankareh then announced that the winner of the Radix Auditorum claret jug for the best first-time solver was Australian, James Lever. He had started solving at the end of January and managed an incredible 43 correct out of 46 entries. Then to the Solvers’ Silver Salver was awarded to Peter Blayney. Apparently, there were some all-correct solvers who stumbled in 2020, one of whom was Neil Talbott, who, after almost 4 years of perfection, failed to beat the record set by Simon Long.

Peter Blayney reported on the voting for the Ascot Gold Cup. There were 18 other all-correct solvers who were asked to vote for their 5 favourite Listeners of 2020. In the end 26 puzzles got at least one vote. The winner was Tip Top Condition by Twin (Colin Thomas). This puzzle was remarkable in that the first set of down answers could be spelled with an I or an O. This was resolved by a message to write the puzzle’s number in binary.

The voting was as follows.

1. 4630 Tip Top Condition by Twin
2. 4638 Head Start Clues by Elgin
3. 4606 Isolated in May by Dysart
5= 4617 Selfie by Sabre
5= 4609 Where Next? by Harribobs
6. 4604 Tour de Force by Kea
7. 4627 Flappy by Shark
8. 4597 Bunch of Fives by Brock
9. 4595 Equity by Elap
10 4603 In Round Numbers by Colleague.

Jane Teather then turned to the quiz. Guests had had 24 hours to solve one of Enigmatist’s devious quizzes. Matching up two sets of 13 pictures gave places where previous Listener Dinners had been held. The quiz was ‘Beginnings’ and the initial letters of those places in order gave HONEYDEW MELON, which had been the starter at the very first dinner. You then had to write a clue to it. A short list of 5 clues were shown and we voted. I was relieved that my clue had made it to the short list but, in the end it came 4th. Winner was the clue by Oli Grant’s team who will be receiving the Bronze Casket.

Cook stuck with this for the lockdown menu? Yes!

The event was over in an hour, with 105 guests. Thanks go to Jane and John for organising such a great evening.

I managed to take some screenshots of the prize winners and you can see them here https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/2021/03/listener-crossword-dinner.html
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Last Christmas Phi published his annual Apex puzzle. It was a tricky challenge, based on the phrase MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON. Solvers had to write a Letters Latent clue to the Playfair code word, SECURITY. The results are now available and I am delighted to have secured a podium place among such a distinguished field.

Winning clues to SECURITY (with a latent letter)

1st       Collateral has Cruise playing the lead in thriller                                                                                                       Philip Marlow

2nd      Earlier over-confidence is vanishing as tense EU crisis develops                                                                             Kevin McDermid

3rd       Bond picture is out with premier’s opening suspended for a year                                                                             Derek Harrison

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Committed puzzlers will be keen to get their hands on The Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale. Michael Becker is offering a prize of a gold casket valued at over £5,000 to anyone who can solve the clues that are hidden in the book. A French version and an English version of the book are published on 8 March, with each containing different clues leading to two separate locations. Each book contains nine puzzles, made up of illustrations by Becker, and secret text hidden in the accompanying story, written by Pauline Deysson. Readers must crack the hidden code in the illustration to find the missing text, which will help them solve the conundrum. Once all nine puzzles are solved, readers will be able to find where two geode crystal keys have been buried, one in the UK, and one in France. The hardback edition is expensive at £27.99. You can read more in this Guardian article.
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To celebrate the appearance of Alan Turing on the new £50 note, GCHQ have published a series of puzzles that they say are their most difficult ever. If you want to see if you could qualify as a spymaster you can try the puzzles here.
https://www.gchq.gov.uk/information/turing-challenge
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Crossword setter Bluth, better known as stand-up comedian Dave Gorman, is continuing to set high standards. His Independent puzzle on 16 March had so many constraints that it was incredible that he could get so much thematic material in and manage a fantastic Nina in the completed grid. Try it here https://puzzles.independent.co.uk/games/cryptic-crossword-independent?puzzleDate=20210316#!202103
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I was leafing through a copy of Anatomy of the Crossword by D St P Barnard which I found on my bookshelf. Published in 1963 it was one of the first attempts to dissect the crossword, following Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword (1961). I was bemused by the section that Barnard calls the Paragrammatic Parabole, I was wondering what present-day solvers would make of them. I will give the answers at the end of this newsletter.

1. Ass! He’ll probably go and fall in it (5)
2. As, Bs, Cs, Ds, Fs, Gs (5)
3. Instructio.. (6)
4. Poisonous bully beef? (5)
5. - - - (it certainly must be impolite) (6)
6 ‘O Winne!’ That’s how to make a certain person agreeable! (3, 3, 5)
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I received an email from Joe Williams, Kentucky, asking if I had a solution to Gallimaufry by Ximenes. I could not find one so I tried solving it. What a mammoth task but there were some brilliant clues which had stood the test of time. I have put a copy on the blog https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/p/gallimaufry-by-ximenes.html

If you want a solution, you can email me.
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29 March saw the final of the BBC2 quiz programme, Only Connect. On the Puzzle Hunters team was a Listener crossword setter, Paul Taylor, who has published under the pseudonym Apt. You can watch the final on YouTube. https://youtu.be/7ps8O5aTvsc
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On the Clue-Writing Competition your challenge for APRIL is a STANDARD CRYPTIC clue to ODYSSEY (7) by the closing date of MIDNIGHT BST WEDNESDAY 28th APRIL.
http://www.andlit.org.uk/cccwc/main.php
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If you want to receive newsletters and clue-writing information in your in-box you should sign up to the new Crossword Centre group on Google. You can join this group at https://groups.google.com/g/crosswordcentre

Crossword News will, as usual, be available on the Crossword Centre http://www.crossword.org.uk/newsletter.html and on the blog https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/

 

Best wishes
Derek

Clue answers.
1. ABYSS (A by SS)
2. NOTES (not Es)
3. LESSON (LESS on)
4. TOXIN (ox in TIN)
5. MOROSE (O in Morse (code))
6. WIN ONE OVER (WIN in ONE!)

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Solution to Cracking! by Soup

 Solution to Cracking! by Soup




GEM STONE
SECRET PAPERS
MONEY BOX
Across
6: MIMESIS - M<IM>E SIS
7: SEW UP - PU[G] WE(e)S
8: DAMN - DAM N
10: TORSION BAR - cd
12: VIENNESE - V I[R] ENNESE
14: ESSAYS - [F]ES<SAY>S
15: SEGUE - SE<GU>E
16: TAXES - AT SEX rev
21: ZEPHYR - HYPERSENSITIZES* less SENSE IT IS*
23: HOROLOGY - HO<RO[L]LO>G Y(ell)
24: INDIAN HEMP - PAN IM [B]EHIND*
25: OBEY - OBE (abho)R def(Y)
26: DAISY - DAIS-Y
27: ROSETTE - RO SETTE[E]

Down
1: partakinGINNeat
2: TEA TREE - T(h)E<A[R]T>(f)R(e)E(z)E(r)
3: FIERCER - REF rev + ERIC*
4: TENNIS BALL - BEN IS TALL spooner
5: QUEASY - QUE<AS>Y
9: ALIKE - A L[A]IKE
11: IDEA - (encyclop)AEDI(a)
13: NAUGHTIEST - HISGAUNT[L]ET*
17: EAGLE - (pressur)E A LEG*
18: ERIN - E[D]RIN
19: PHAETON - NOTAHE[L]P*
20: CROPPED - CRO(C) DEPP rev
22: ENNEAD - Acrostic
25: OATH - O [R]AT H



Monday, 29 March 2021

Crossword Centre Prize Puzzle April 2021

 RR XIII – 13th R0und R0bin

After filling the grid solvers must change the two entries in one row to form the first in a series in full, thereby changing four down entries into followers in part. Seven other entries must be changed into followers in the series. The circled cells could be arranged to form a 13th in the series. Replacement letters could form MEMBER IN TOP JOB WILL SWAP. 
All entries in the final grid are real words.
The Chambers 13th edition is the primary reference.

Across
  1 Diminutive racer Hamilton’s made circuits of course in lead position (6)
  6 Defeat for the bard when muse loses beginning of madrigal (7)
11 One who makes people late by turning to patter again and again? (8)
13 Potter finally cracks issue encountered reversing spell at school (8)
14 Scotsman for example collects 3 out of 4 possible points (6)
15 Fine the French after bust shattered (6)
16 Seizure of goods - after which American gang's busted (4)
18 Crier’s call filling shell of coconut shy in the extreme (6)
19 Furious about escapes from Syrian city cell (5)
21 Byzantine square bonces could have borne these? (7)
23 Laid around, turned over, right to left at first (6)
24 Mac's hay cart advanced round the bend leaving busy marketplace (6)
26 Boundless surge stops our opponents working miracles (7)
27 You might get this by ungathering one trimmed lasso (5)
29 Rook among group of birds missing last of pig swill (6)
33 Bowl over, bats over (4)
35 First couple of seamen smooth over bottom parts of ships (6)
37 Last one dropped dead, put in cooler (6)
39 Exceptionally large garment with openings to underplay my bony place (8)
40 Prior to November dreadful boat train's lower facilities made all who travelled late (8)
41 Ruffled nap ducks apparently developed for feathered part of skin (7)
42 Frequent flyer heads for Paris, lucky to be there in central location (6)
 
Down
  2 Layabouts hide in lavatory with time wasted - that'll leave him upset? (6)
  3 Happily complete circus comedian changing direction (5)
  4 Historic city state briefly mentioned in article (4)
  5 I let someone out—someone who's let out repeatedly? (8)
  6 Onset of epilepsy treated with rest cure (5)
  7 Poor Bambi’s missing one black foot (4)
  8 Regular characters in in-depth, tense finale of Cagney & Lacey seldom heard (5)
  9 Trains display time to go to Iowan city (5)
10 Opts for English desks once ballot-box goes missing (6)
11 Book for mass celebration - what nostalgic Birmingham expats might do?  (6)
12 Wrecks cap with soft lining (7)
17 Peg one bashes heavily (5)
18 Jumbles of calcium, potassium and einsteinium (5)
20 Minister mostly purged snobby chattering classes (7)
21 Unhitched from pillar, small vessel makes for small island (3)
22 Group run out of cryptic setters around the middle of thirteenth (8)
25 He flees, expressing hesitation about drunken duel (6)
26 Most gut rot is treated by pharmacist initially, it's psychologist's session that's designed to improve communication skills (6)
28 Organisation more sprightly with wings clipped? (6)
30 Leave rather small opening (5)
31 What's inside egg, gold bit having been tossed (5)
32 Part of arm protecting hand in a bust-up (5)
34 Bounder rolled up flush with success (5)
36 Poet’s greatly distressed having let letters go missing (4)
38 Maybe setter has upset stomach and temperature (4)

Entries
To enter this competition, send your entry as an image or in list format giving the final entries to ccpuzzles@talktalk.net before 8th May 2021. The first correct entry drawn from the hat will receive a book from the Chambers range, which has been donated by Chambers.

Voting
You may vote for your favourite clue with your entry. You can just nominate one clue, which will be awarded 3 points, or your top three which will be awarded 3, 2 and 1 points. The person whose clue accumulates the most points will receive a prize, which also has been donated by the Crossword Centre.

Credits
Grid: John Nicholson and Andy Stewart
Clues: Anax, Tim Anderson, Steve Bartlett, Rod Beards, Rod Bell, Shirley Curran, Brian Dungate, Peter Finan, Simon Griew, Derek Harrison, Margaret Irvine, James Leaver, Robert Lorimer, Kevin McDermid, Satyen Nabar, Nebuchadnezzar, Jack Nichols, Joe Nicholson, John Nicholson, John Nolan, Mark Oshin, Juliet Parkinson, Jeff Pearce, Rob Pinnock, Phylax, Ed Powles, Nic Pursey, Steve Randall, Rishikesh C G, Simon Shaw, Ian Simpson, Nick Smith, Peter Smith, William Snow, Sprout, Andy Stewart, James Taverner, Robert Teuton, Don Thompson, John Tozer, Vismut, David Ward, Luciano Ward, Nick Warne, Dave Williams and Keith Williams 




Sunday, 21 March 2021

Listener Crossword Dinner

 Screenshots from the Listener Crossword Dinner on Zoom


Australian solver, James Lever, winner of the Radix Auditorum claret jug. Best first-time solver with 43 correct out of 46 entries in 2020.


Peter Blayney, winner of the Solvers Silver Salver, top of the leader board of all-correct solvers.


Colin Thomas (Twin) winner of the Ascot Gold Cup for his puzzle Tip Top Condition.






Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Crossword News March 2021

 

Crossword News March 2021

The February Prize Puzzle was Changing Places by Rebus. The perimeter was filled with names words associated with NELSON and the completed central square spelled TRAFALGAR. Thus, changing places, Trafalgar square was in a square of Nelsons. What was required, hinted at by the R in the centre, was right eye, right arm, the parts that Nelson lost.

Here are some of the comments from solvers.

Creatively conceptualised puzzle with entertaining clues.  The main challenge was in unscrambling and slotting in the perimeter answers, where I had some starting problems.  Was looking for stuff (monuments, places, streets etc) connected with Trafalgar Square (of which there's quite a selection to be had) but nothing seemed to fit.  Of course, the Nelson connection became apparent soon enough - my presumption may have had something to do with the puzzle title, and I've still not satisfied myself about how that relates to the rest of the puzzle and theme.  Thanks Rebus and organisers for a stimulating challenge.

A neat idea with the centre R’s double significance a clever touch.  An enjoyable solve but with an incompleteness for me in not being able to definitively solve the first perimeter clue.  It looks like it should be “reef” but I can’t see the thematic significance, so I look forward to seeing the solution and no doubt finding out what I’ve missed.

Not confident about the 4 words!

With the 9-cell thematic area spelling TRAFALGAR and the perimeter answers all being examples of NELSONs, I inferred "the key perimeter answer" to be HORATIO. A little research tells me that Lord Nelson suffered loss of/damage to his RIGHT ARM and RIGHT EYE. I hope that is what Rebus had in mind.

There were 46 entries, 9 of which were marked incorrect (4 because of the 4 words). The lucky winner, picked from the electronic hat, was Bill Stewart from Leicester and he will soon be receiving a prize of Chambers Crossword Dictionary which was donated by Chambers.

A full solution is available at https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/2021/03/solution-to-february-prize-puzzle-from.html

A technical problem meant that I was unable to publish the results of the January challenge, Chalicea’s Wallace and Gromit puzzle. Here are some of the comments from solvers.

Off to a good start! Please find attached my entry for “Best Mates” by Chalicea. A lovely theme and well presented. Fortunately, The Wrong Trousers leapt into my head and I didn’t need to fiddle around with the extra letters as the theme revealed itself.

Another lovely puzzle from Chalicea, she's one of my favourite setters. I like how she uses such an array of cultural themes from highbrow to popular and fun, such as this one.  28d was clever!

Thanks to Chalicea. A typical puzzle from this setter, perhaps on the easy side, but with enough clues to make you think. After solving a few of the down clues, the potential GROMIT was rather obvious. There were not too many films to choose from, further restricted by the amount of space available round the perimeter, so filling that was on the easy side as well. Nonetheless, a pleasant start to the year.

There were 66 entries, of which 7 were marked incorrect. The lucky winner, picked from the electronic hat, was Roslyn Shapland from Ilkeston and she will soon be receiving a prize of Chambers Crossword Dictionary which was donated by Chambers.

You still have time to solve this month’s Prize Puzzle, Cracking! by Soup. https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/2021/02/crossword-centre-prize-puzzle-march-2021.html

The April puzzle will be our thirteenth Round Robin, with a grid designed by John Nicholson and clues written by 45 volunteer clue-writers.

We have puzzles in the pipe-line for the next few months but would welcome submissions for later in the year.
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There is a fascinating article by Norman Miller on the BBC dealing with all aspects of cryptic crosswords, Cryptic Crosswords- a Puzzling British Obsession.
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There will be a Listener Crossword Dinner, of sorts, on 20 March via Zoom. John Henderson and Jane Teather will be organising a quiz and there will be brief announcement of the awards.
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As it would have been the 85th birthday of Georges Perec this month, Charlie Methven, the setter Chameleon, published a crossword in his honour. In the style of Perec’s novel La Disparition, the crossword avoids the letter E in both clues and answers.

You can try the puzzle here http://crossword.info/chameleoncrosswords/ChameleonPerec

As well as writing novels, Perec was a regular crossword compiler and a collection of his puzzles is available on Amazon - Les Mots Croisés
He was bored by the definition-only clues common in French crosswords and used wordplay in his clues. One clue that he admired was

Do (11)

I have put one of Perec’s crosswords on the blog, if you would like to try. I have added a link to the solution, if you get stuck. https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/p/georges-perec.html
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On the Clue-writing competition the March challenge is to write a clue to CORNFLAKES.

The winner of the January competition, a clue to DISTAFF, was Richard Saunders.

Aid to spinning fast if beginning to dance waltzes
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There are now 217 members on the Google mailing list.

If you want to receive newsletters and clue-writing information in your in-box you should sign up to the new Crossword Centre group on Google. You can join this group at https://groups.google.com/g/crosswordcentre

Crossword News will, as usual, be available on the Crossword Centre http://www.crossword.org.uk/newsletter.html and on the blog https://crosswordcentre.blogspot.com/

 

Best wishes
Derek

Solution to clue – DEMISOMMEIL
(Half of DODO (sleep)

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Solution to the February Prize Puzzle from the Crossword Centre

 Solution to Changing Places by Rebus


The title refers to the finished grid where Trafalgar is in Nelson Square. The perimeter answers can all be linked with NELSON. The central R refers to the fact that Admiral Nelson lost his RIGHT ARM RIGHT EYE.


Across: 7 (patric)K + ONE (a), 8 anag.ROMEO in anag.  NERO, 11 own inside cred, 12 S Isierra) + KA (Ford Ka), 13 Outrage minus middle letter, 15 TEE + Off, 16 homophone LOANERS, 17 NEST inside FERA(l), 19 every third letter SarTreYelLedOut, 21 (s)ANTA ref Dancer, reindeer, 22 F + ARM, 25 ALL _ OT (old Testament), 27 GLAD + (v)IOLA, 30 TEAL in SE (South East England eg. Kent), 31 AN in AREA, 32 GLUT + EI, 33 CRAB minus R (take), 34 Anagram NEAPOLITAN minus IN A, 36 E + M + bellish (like a bell!), 37 Nice = French town. 

Down: 1 Fe (iron) + RULES, 2 2  meanings. Ref Illawarra cattle, 3 anagram LEGS NOT, 4 Hidden reversed, 5 IR (Inland Revenue) + KED, 6 Anag. TOKYO minus Y (yen), 9 anag. Artemis, 10 anag. Feller minus L, 12 Hidden  &lit., 14 Hidden, 18 sixteen ounce (1IB) minus sixte, 20 anag. THYMOL minus H, 23 anag. HELP AID, 24 LEE in S (small) TED (dry), 26 MURAL reversed, 27 BRAG (card game) swapping B + G, 28 First letters, 29 Anagram LEAVE, 30 S (section) + OLID, 35 2 meanings ref. Londonderry Air.

Perimeter :
Free style! (4) Anagram FREE
Express surprise at legal principle underlying decision (7) HO! + RATIO
Headless toy (4) (T) EDDY
Wind up taking home designated driver (6) DD in RILE
Could be the white knight of the Quebecois (7) MAN (chess piece) + DE LA
Flash back going South (4) Anagram FLASH minus S
Mr Spooner's aircraft Fitzgerald (11) Spoonerism FOKKER ELLA ref. Ella Fitzgerald
Mistake unknown (5) RICK + Y



Right eye, right arm.