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1 English com­poser, con­duc­tor and Mas­ter of the Queen’s Mu­sic since 2004 whose no­table op­eras in­clude Eight Songs for a Mad King, Tav­erner, The Light­house and

Res­ur­rec­tion (6) 5 Mute _____; birds sub­ject to the an­nual “up­ping” cer­e­mony per­formed by the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Vint­ners and the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Dy­ers (5) 8 1993 novel by Se­bas­tian Faulks, set in the First­World­War (8) 12 Edge of a sail next to the mast (4) 13 Pre­serve that was orig­i­nally made from quinces; a favourite with Michael Bond’s Padding­ton Bear (9) 14 Au­thor noted for his 1485 collection of the leg­ends of King Arthur Le Morte d’Arthur, re­pub­lished with il­lus­tra­tions by Aubrey Beard­s­ley in 1893 (6) 15 English crime nov­el­ist who wrote the Lord Peter Wim­sey se­ries with books in­clud­ing Five Red Her­rings and The Nine Tailors (6)

16 Com­monly called holly, the genus or Latin name of many species of flow­er­ing plants in the fam­ily

Aquifo­li­aceae (4)

17 The study and sci­ence of Earth, in­clud­ing its lands, fea­tures, in­hab­i­tants and phe­nom­ena (9)

19 Drama­tist and one-time nov­el­ist who wrote chil­dren’s sto­ries in­clud­ing The Self­ish Gi­ant, A House of Pomegranates collection and The Can­ter­ville Ghost (5)

21 French com­poser who wrote the bal­lets Cop­pélia and Sylvia and the op­eras Le roi l’a dit and Lakmé (7)

22 Work such as Rem­brandt’s Self­por­trait in a cap, with eyes wide open

and The Hun­dred Guilder Print (7)

26 All’s Well That ____ Well; play based on a tale from Gio­vanni Boc­cac­cio’s

The De­cameron (4)

28 Is­land coun­try where 5 per cent of all known an­i­mal and plant species ex­ist, 90 per cent of which are found nowhere else on earth (10)

30 Pre­pared course such as a velo­drome (5)

33 One of the five events in the An­cient Olympic pen­tathlon (9)

34 Site of a Lon­don Theatre Royal (5,4) 37 Unit of ra­dioac­tiv­ity equal to 3.7×10₁₀ dis­in­te­gra­tions per sec­ond (5) 38 Sub­stance used in con­junc­tion with a dec­o­ra­tive or ini­tialled stamp or signet ring for se­cur­ing an en­ve­lope (7,3) 39 Ver­ti­cal stroke of a mu­si­cal note; or sec­tion of the head­set of a bi­cy­cle (4) 41 Col­lec­tive term for the ed­i­ble crea­tures used to make fruits de mer (7) 43 Politi­cian who served as Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer from 2007 un­til Ge­orge Os­borne took over in 2010 (7)

45 The _____; the 25th Dis­c­world novel by Terry Pratch­ett (5) 49 For­mer name for the coun­try with the cap­i­tal Ad­dis Ababa (9)

51 In ____; Latin term mean­ing “in ac­tual ex­is­tence” (4) 52 An­ti­quar­ian and au­thor whose book

Brief Lives chron­i­cles the lives of fig­ures in­clud­ing Fran­cis Ba­con, John Dee, SirWal­ter Raleigh, Ed­mund Hal­ley and Wil­liam Shake­speare (6) 55 Col­lec­tive noun for a group of dol­phins, por­poises or sharks (6) 56 Brie-like cheese made in Lower Nor­mandy, tra­di­tion­ally sold in round wooden cases (9) 57 In­for­mal term for a di­a­mond; also a type of con­fec­tionery tra­di­tion­ally sold at some sea­side re­sorts (4) 58 Swatches of fab­ric left over af­ter the main bolt has been cut (8) 59 In­stru­ment for test­ing phys­i­cal con­di­tions in re­mote, un­der­wa­ter or high-al­ti­tude lo­ca­tions (5) 60 Genus of herba­ceous plants com­monly called mignonette; also a shade of pale green (6) DOWN 2 Is­land in the Caribbean Sea with the cap­i­tal Oranjestad (5) 3 Cen­tral, oval sec­tion of ground where a game of cricket takes place (7) 4 Tri­an­gu­lar In­dian spiced savoury, served crisp and hot (6) 5 Baby pilchard, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, ri­boflavin and vi­ta­min D (7) 6 1990 film star­ring Robert De Niro and Robin Wil­liams (10) 7 Thin stra­tum of a min­eral, es­pe­cially coal or gold (4) 8 Long-dis­tance cy­cling sport, also called ran­don­neur­ing or Au­dax (6) 9 Sea­side re­sort in Thanet, Kent (8) 10 Town, lo­ca­tion of Isam­bard King­dom Brunel’s Royal Al­bert Bridge (7) 11 1975 collection of po­ems by 1995 No­bel lau­re­ate Sea­mus Heaney (5) 18 _____ rarebit; dish of mus­tard-flavoured cheese sauce on toast, grilled un­til golden brown (5) 20 Sec­tion within a pneu­matic tyre (5,4) 23 In box­ing, de­ci­sion by the ref­eree declar­ing a match in­valid (2,7) 24 De­but sin­gle by Lily Allen (5) 25 Win­ston Churchill’s alma mater be­fore his ca­reer at Sand­hurst (6) 27 A food served in the restau­rant chain founded by Si­mon Woodroffe (5) 29 Unit of weight used to de­scribe the thick­ness of hosiery (6) 31 First avi­a­tor to com­plete a dou­ble cross­ing of the English Chan­nel and first Bri­ton to be killed in a fly­ing ac­ci­dent (5) 32 Per­son au­tho­rised to act for an­other, es­pe­cially in voting (5) 35 Loose, sleeve­less gar­ment worn hang­ing from the shoul­ders (5)

36 __________ in New York; sin­gle by St­ing (10) 40 Clear clas­sic French broth (8) 42 Gar­land of flow­ers and fo­liage (7) 44 The first pres­i­dent of Tan­za­nia (7) 46 Com­pany that man­u­fac­tures a range of colourful re­vival ra­dios (7)

47 Troupe of per­form­ers such as the one run by the Chip­per­field fam­ily (6)

48 Or­der of the ______; hon­our with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (6) 50 Ital­ian form of bowls (5) 53 The na­tional hero of Spain (2,3) 54 Tori ____; singer-song­writer and pi­anist whose sin­gles in­clude

Corn­flake Girl and A Sorta Fairy­tale (4)

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