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1 Pen name of the English ve­teri­nary sur­geon who wrote the books If Only They Could Talk, It Shouldn’t Hap­pen to a Vet, All Crea­tures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beau­ti­ful (7)

5 Born in Dun­blane in 1987, ten­nis player cur­rently ranked World No 4 and Bri­tish No 1 (6)

8 Fic­tional bear re­sid­ing in Nut­wood, orig­i­nally cre­ated by English artist and writer Mary Tour­tel in 1920 (6)

13 Ital­ian dish of Ar­bo­rio or Carnaroli rice cooked in grad­u­ally added stock un­til it reaches a creamy con­sis­tency, known as risi e bisi in Venice (7)

14 Physi­cist who de­vel­oped a log­a­rith­mic nu­meric scale to ex­press the mag­ni­tude of an earth­quake on the ba­sis of seis­mo­graph os­cil­la­tions (7)

15 Cruella __ ___; char­ac­ter in Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hun­dred and One Dal­ma­tians (2,3)

16 The Bal­lad of ____ andWest; 1889 poem by Rud­yard Ki­pling (4) 17 Lib­eral politi­cian who served as UK prime min­is­ter from 1908-16, when he was re­placed by David Lloyd Ge­orge (7) 18 English ac­tor whose film roles in­clude Henry Hig­gins in My Fair Lady and the pro­tag­o­nist in Doc­tor Dolit­tle (8) 21 Ac­cord­ing to re­cent sci­en­tific cal­cu­la­tions, a planet on which 42 Down is one of its most com­mon forms of pre­cip­i­ta­tion (6) 23 Garment of fur, faux fur or silk, typ­i­cally worn draped around the shoul­ders over a for­mal gown (5) 24 The cap­i­tal of Cameroon (7) 27 Loyal breed of dog typ­i­cally with a black, choco­late or yel­low coat, of­ten used to re­trieve game or guide a per­son with blind­ness (8) 29 English rock group whose tracks in­clude Whole Lotta Love and Stair­way to Heaven (3,8)

33 Stand-up co­me­dian who presents

the panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats (4)

34 Nor­we­gian drama­tist whose works

in­clude Ghosts, The Wild Duck and The Mas­ter Builder (5)

35 First name of an ac­tor who played a char­ac­ter of the same name in a tele­vi­sion sit­com with June Whit­field from 1979-87 (5)

36 Salty, crumbly va­ri­ety of cheese used in dishes such as spanako­pita (spinach pie) and dakos (Greek bread salad) (4)

40 David At­ten­bor­ough’s ____ _______; BBC Ra­dio 4 se­ries with the first episode based on the life of the 50 Down (4,7) 41 The cap­i­tal of Ber­muda; also a town in South La­nark­shire (8) 44 Crisp va­ri­ety of let­tuce gen­er­ally re­served for sand­wiches and sal­ads (7) 46 One of the glove-pup­pet char­ac­ters in Harry and Matthew Cor­bett’s

The Sooty Show (5) 47 Edi­ble gourd with sum­mer va­ri­eties in­clud­ing the cour­gette and pat­ty­pan, and win­ter va­ri­eties such as the but­ter­nut and pump­kin (6) 49 Ex­tinct mam­mal re­sem­bling a cross be­tween an ele­phant and a mam­moth (8) 51 English fan­tasy artist noted for his il­lus­tra­tions in chil­dren’s books by au­thors in­clud­ing the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Car­roll, JM Bar­rie and Ken­neth Grahame (7) 52 Swiss artist and teacher at the Bauhaus whose works in­clude

Twit­ter­ing Ma­chine and Red Bal­loon (4) 56 Founder of the Zim­babwe African Peo­ple’s Union who fled for his life fol­low­ing un­rest and rivalry with Robert Mu­gabe and the Fifth Brigade in 1983 (5) 57 For­mer flautist and vo­cal­ist for Ge­n­e­sis who re­leased the sin­gle Don’t

Give Up with Kate Bush in 1986 (7) 58 French physi­cist who con­trib­uted to­wards the the­ory of wave op­tics and in­vented a lens for light­houses (7) 59 One of Switzer­land’s 26 can­tons (6) 60 Birth­stone for Jan­uary (6) 61 Philoso­pher who de­vel­oped the con­cept of tran­scen­den­tal­ism with Henry David Thoreau (7)


1 English physi­cian who was the first to de­scribe the cir­cu­la­tion of the blood (6) 2 Wars of the _____; se­ries of civil wars fought be­tween the houses of York and Lancaster from 1455 to 1485 (5) 3 Ninth let­ter of the Greek al­pha­bet (4) 4 Physi­cist who dis­cov­ered the elec­tron dur­ing ex­per­i­ments with cath­ode rays (7) 5 Gem cut in the shape of an oval (8) 6 Ger­man fighter pi­lot known as the Red Baron who was shot down in his plane and killed over the Aus­tralian lines in 1918 (10) 7 Paint­ing and draw­ing col­lec­tively (4) 9 1983 al­bum by The Rolling Stones (10) 10 Dairy farmer who founded what was orig­i­nally called Pil­ton Fes­ti­val (5)

11 The ________ Mr. Ri­p­ley; 1955 thriller novel by Pa­tri­cia High­smith (8)

12 ______ Fri­day; 1976 film star­ring Jodie Fos­ter based on a Mary Rodgers book (6) 19 A spice used to make za’atar (5) 20 Politi­cian who was Aus­tralia’s long­est-serv­ing prime min­is­ter (7) 22 Fruit used to make baba ganoush (9) 25 Small round pieces of lamb; also choco­lates made with hazel­nuts (9) 26 Downy seed head of a dan­de­lion (5) 28 Elec­tronic com­poser whose al­bum

Pieces in a Mod­ern Style fea­tures his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ada­gio for Strings (5) 30 _____ vi­o­let; flower crys­tallised for food dec­o­ra­tion (5) 31 Hy­brid plant with cul­ti­vars Duchesse de Bra­bant and Lady Hilling­don (3,4)

32 _____, the Cham­pion of theWorld; Dahl’s tale based on pheas­ant poach­ing (5) 37 Sci­en­tific study of the moon (10) 38 Per­son who doesn’t eat an­i­mals (10) 39 Core-strength­en­ing ex­er­cise (3-2) 42 One of the four suits in cards (8) 43 Base unit of a grass flower (8) 45 ______ VI; the Queen’s late fa­ther, played by Colin Firth in 2010 (6) 47 Sim­ple jointed bit for horses (7) 48 Fal­con; also an Arthurian wizard (6) 50 Slow-mov­ing ar­bo­real mam­mal (5) 53 Shad­ow_____; film about CS Lewis (5) 54 Band with a ti­tle made up from the ini­tials of the mem­bers’ first names (4)

55 Hawai­ian vol­cano de­ity (4)

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