Mind games

Friday - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Chal­lenge your word power and test your IQ.

ACROSS

1 Ac­tor re­mem­bered for his por­trayal of Ham­let and roles in films in­clud­ing Se­cret Agent, Arthur, Pros­pero’s Books and The Power of One (7)

5 English ar­chi­tect of the re­vived Pal­la­dian style who de­signed parts of Holkham Hall, Bad­minton House and gar­den build­ings of Stowe House (4)

8 Steven Mof­fat and Mark Gatiss se­ries based on a 21st-century take on Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle’s clas­sic story col­lec­tions (8)

13 Caribbean is­land pos­sessed as a Bri­tish colony for James I by the first Earl of Carlisle in 1627, re­main­ing so un­til its in­de­pen­dence in 1966 (8)

14 Bal­let_____; chil­dren’s book by Noel Streat­feild, first pub­lished in 1936 (5)

15 Au­thor whose books in­clude The Would­be­goods, The Phoenix and the

Car­pet, The Rail­way Chil­dren and The

En­chanted Cas­tle (6) 16 ______­catcher; wad­ing bird feed­ing mainly on cock­les and mus­sels (6) 17 Rare species of goose, which is the state bird of Hawaii (4) 18 Ac­tion which is the sin­cer­est form of flat­tery, ac­cord­ing to Charles Caleb Colton (9) 20 The provin­cial cap­i­tal of Prince Ed­ward Is­land (13) 23 Ac­tor who starred as char­ac­ter Mac McGuire in the BBC tele­vi­sion soap opera Doc­tors from 2000 to 2006 (7) 26 −−−− Moun­tains; 1,600-mile-long range of peaks where the Dy­at­lov Pass in­ci­dent oc­curred in 1959 (4) 28 Ref­er­ence book com­piled by a lex­i­cog­ra­pher (10)

30 Crime­watch and Desert Is­land Discs pre­sen­ter mar­ried to the en­tre­pre­neur who owns the Soho House pri­vate mem­bers’ clubs (5) 33 French math­e­ma­ti­cian and philoso­pher who came up with the propo­si­tion based on proof of ex­is­tence Cog­ito ergo sum (I think, there­fore I am) (9) 34 English town north of Black­pool, birth­place of Ernie Wise’s comedic part­ner and Dame Thora Hird (9) 37 English hor­ti­cul­tur­ist based on a farm and cook­ery school in East

sus­sex who is an as­sis­tant pre­sen­ter on Gar­den­ers’ World (5) 38 Word puz­zles solved by a cru­civer­bal­ist (10) 39 ir­ish play­wright who co-founded the lon­don school of eco­nom­ics (4) 41 no­bel prize-win­ning bac­te­ri­ol­o­gist whose ac­ci­den­tal dis­cov­ery changed the face of mod­ern medicine (7) 43 early type of bi­cy­cle raced in its mod­ernised form in one of the an­nual ig lon­don noc­turne events held at smith­field mar­ket (5-8) 47 cul­ti­var of ap­ple; space ex­plo­ration pro­gramme founded by nasa in 1992; or a type of off-road ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tured by land rover (9) 49 eli­nor brent-____; chil­dren’s au­thor who wrote the Chalet School se­ries of books (4) 50 ______tout; a per­son who buys ad­mis­sion passes to mu­sic or sports events to re­sell them at a profit (6) 53 dealer in, or man­u­fac­turer of, tights, stock­ings and socks (6) 54 2013 dreamWorks an­i­ma­tion film based on a speed­ing gar­den snail (5) 55 largest city in the coun­try with the cap­i­tal ankara (8) 56 range form­ing the nat­u­ral bor­der be­tween france and spain, high­est peak aneto (8) 57 por­ta­ble dwelling used by no­mads in mon­go­lia and turkey and in the uk by glampers (4) 58 bom­bay _______ club; in­die band from lon­don who re­leased the al­bum I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose in 2009 (7)

DOWN

2 coun­try that was one of the six found­ing mem­bers of the eec (5) 3 ma­rine crus­tacean that is usu­ally boiled alive be­fore eat­ing (an il­le­gal prac­tice in new Zealand) (7) 4 lon­don _____­ground; metro with a map orig­i­nally de­signed by harry beck (5) 6 di­rec­tor whose silent films in­clude

The Bat­tle­ship Potemkin and Oc­to­ber: Ten Days That Shook the World (10) 7 norse god of thun­der (4) 8 trop­i­cal plant with seeds sprin­kled on bread sticks and burger buns, and ground to flavour tiger bread (6) 9 physi­cist whose name was given to atomic num­ber 99 in 1952 (8) 10 coun­try form­ing an en­clave in south africa where a di­a­mond un­earthed in 2006 turned out to be one of the big­gest in his­tory (7) 11 the cap­i­tal of egypt (5) 12 World­wide sys­tem of news­groups (6) 19 ac­tress who starred in Boys Don’t Cry and Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby (5) 21 plant also called puzzle grass; the only genus in the fam­ily Equise­taceae (9)

22 Last ______; 1996 booker prizewin­ning novel by gra­ham swift (6)

24 in hu­man anatomy, the com­mon name for the rhomben­cephalon (9) 25 suit of ______; a cat­aphract (6) 27 philoso­pher who wrote An Es­say Con­cern­ing Hu­man Un­der­stand­ing (5)

29 stone fruit used to dec­o­rate black for­est gâteau (6)

31 gem­stones with a value depend­ing on range of colours and bright­ness of “fire” (5)

32 spring such as strokkur in ice­land (6)

35 com­mon name for the de­cid­u­ous

tree Pop­u­lus trem­ula (5)

36 the num­ber of carats in 100 per cent pure gold (6,4)

40 The ________ in a Nut­shell; the­o­ret­i­cal physics book by stephen hawk­ing (8)

42 Wel­come to the _______; song on

pink floyd’s al­bum Wish You Were

Here (7) 44 mea­sure of 56lb of but­ter (6) 45 lon­don bor­ough, site of hox­ton, shored­itch and stoke new­ing­ton (7) 46 leg­endary first king of bri­tain (6) 48 di­rec­tor of the film Howards End (5) 50 ital­ian word mean­ing “all” (5) 51 _____ op­por­tu­ni­ties; in em­ploy­ment, the right of ap­pli­cants to be treated with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion (5)

52 Rid­ers of the Pur­ple Sage au­thor (4)

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