Challenge your word power and test your IQ with our crossword and puzzles.
1 English novelist who wrote the Pop Larkin series of books that included The Darling Buds of May, A Breath of French Air, When the GreenWoods
Laugh and Oh! To be in England (5) 4 French Impressionist artist whose 1903 work Le Quai Malaquais et
l’institut was looted from a family home by the Nazis along with paintings by El Greco, Cézanne and Gauguin (8) 8 Cotton cloth typically with a multi-coloured check pattern; a medium-hot curry sauce for lamb, beef or chicken; or a city officially called Chennai (6) 13 The capital and largest settlement of the Shetland Islands, host of the annual winter fire festival, Up Helly Aa (7) 14 Brand of vacuum flask generally used for non-scientific purposes such as keeping tea or coffee hot (7) 15 Prepared strip of ground between the wickets in cricket (5) 16 John of _____; son of Edward III, brother of the Black Prince (5) 17 Species of bird identified by its characteristic prolonged songs delivered during flight, especially during spring and summer months,
Alauda arvensis (7) 18 Genre of synthesised dance music that originated in the 1980s when the first programmable drum machines were released (7) 19 European city with traditional culinary specialities including Wiener schnitzel, apfelstrudel and 59 Across; home and workplace of Mozart (6) 20 East ______ of Yorkshire; district in the north of England, site of Beverley, Bridlington and Hull (6) 21 Austrian neurologist considered to be the founding father of psychoanalysis who proposed the three theories of the human psyche id, ego and superego (5) 26 Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning dramatist whose works include Beyond the Horizon, Mourning Becomes
Electra and The Iceman Cometh (1’5) 28 Physicist who discovered radium and polonium during research on pitchblende with her husband; the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (5) 29 1814 novel by SirWalter Scott (8) 32 The capital of Denmark (10)
34 Saucer-shaped object projected into the air from a trap as a target for shooting with a shotgun (4,6)
36 Scriptwriter who created sitcoms including Only Fools and Horses, Just
Good Friends and Dear John (8) 37 1948 novel by Pearl S Buck (5) 38 ______ salmon; cured fish served with cream cheese or scrambled eggs (6) 42 Long bushy tail of a fox (5) 43 Region in southern France. (6) 44 Credit card launched in the UK 1972 with early advertising slogans including “Your flexible friend” (6) 49 The UK share index (informal) (7) 51 The largest of the penguins (7) 53 British officer who, following the Black Hole incident, recaptured Calcutta and gained control of Bengal (5) 54 Bone forming each half of the human pelvis (5) 55 Alternative name for yarrow (7) 56 British television news series hosted by Trevor McDonald from 1999-2007 (7) 57 Nut-like seed used to flavour amaretti and marzipan (6) 58 Deer-like mammal such as a gazelle, impala, gnu or an eland (8) 59 Sacher_____; rich gateau of sponge cake, apricot jam and chocolate icing (5) DOWN 1 Fish in the sturgeon family; also another name for the white whale (6) 2 Birthstone for December (9) 3 Cheese produced in Colston Bassett, Cropwell Bishop, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray and Saxelbye (7) 4 With a population of approximately 183 million inhabitants, country with the capital Islamabad (8) 5 Indonesian dish of grilled meat served on skewers with a peanut sauce (5) 6 Port city in Egypt, once the site of the largest library in the world (10) 7 Dishes for cooking or serving individual portions of food such as crème brûlée or potted shrimps (8) 9 _____ Inc.; corporation co-founded by Steve Jobs in 1976 (5) 10 2007 film by Pixar based on an anthropomorphic gourmet rat (11) 11 Area for training a horse/pony and its rider (6) 12 The _____; Test cricket trophy that took its name from a mock obituary published in The Sporting Times in 1882 (5) 20 Device for forwarding data packets between computer networks; also a tool used in carpentry (6) 22 Rare chemical element, atomic no 75, named after a European river (7) 23 Digital recording of an audio file such as a radio play for downloading to a personal media player (7) 24 Sepals of a flower collectively (5) 25 Toxic compound used in an attempt to murder the so-called “mad monk” Grigori Rasputin before he was shot in the back (7) 27 Protein-rich legumes (7) 30 The world’s highest capital city (2,3) 31 Actor who stars in Doc Martin (6) 33 Genus of flowering plants also confusingly called geraniums (11) 35 Daughter of Zeus and Demeter (10) 39 Statesman who briefly chaired the commission that investigated the September 11 attacks (9) 40 Leader of the quest that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the globe (8) 41 Artist who created The Son of Man (8) 45 Source of copra and coir (7) 46 The second-largest continent (6) 47 Physicist who led the team that demonstrated the first controlled nuclear chain reaction (5) 48 Pan for poaching a whole fish (6) 50 Creator of the play The Odd Couple (5) 52 King _____; David McKee character (5)
Solutions will be given next week. Last date for entries is February 4. The winner and the names of those who got all answers correct will be announced on February 14. Winner of January 17 crossword: Gillian Didcott, PO Box 9267, Dubai.