Time to steal a quiet mo­ment and flex your brain with Fri­day’s puz­zle pages

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Cross­word and su­doku brain-teasers.


9 Palace of ___________; the Houses of Par­lia­ment in­clud­ing El­iz­a­beth Tower and Big Ben, de­picted in paint­ings by Claude Monet, JMW Turner and Henry Daw­son (11) 10 Drama­tist and lead­ing ex­po­nent of the The­atre of the Ab­surd whose no­table plays in­clude The Bald So­prano (or The Bald Prima Donna) and Rhi­noc­eros (7) 12 Nom de plume of François-Marie Arouet, the drama­tist and philoso­pher dur­ing the En­light­en­ment who wrote Let­tres Philosophiques and Can­dide (8) 13 Nick­named the “Czech Lo­co­mo­tive”, the run­ner who won three gold medals at the 1952 Olympics, the third in a last-minute marathon, a dis­tance he had never at­tempted be­fore (7) 14 Hor­i­zon­tal piece in a sash win­dow; fam­ily of birds in which the coot, moorhen and corn­crake be­long; or, in the plu­ral, a race­course bar­rier (4) 15 But­ter­fly ______; in chaos the­ory, a hy­po­thet­i­cal ex­am­ple (il­lus­trated in frac­tals) of how small changes can lead to big dif­fer­ences over time (6) 17 In fig­ure skat­ing, a per­for­mance such as the one made by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean to Ravel’s Bolero at the 1984 Sara­jevo Olympics (3,5) 19 Charles _____; pro­tag­o­nist and nar­ra­tor in Eve­lyn Waugh’s Brideshead Re­vis­ited (5) 21 From the French mean­ing ‘hunter’, a sauce that com­bines demi-glace with minced mush­rooms, shal­lots, fines herbes etc (8) 23 Sec­ond-largest lake in Swe­den (7) 25 Rub­ber disc used in ice hockey; or, an­other name for Robin Good­fel­low (4) 27 Cel­e­brated for po­ems in­clud­ing Auld Lang Syne, Tam o’ Shanter and A Red, Red Rose, the national bard of Scot­land (5) 29 Unit of mea­sure­ment equal to the width of a hu­man hand, or nine inches; or, the length of a bird’s wing from tip to tip (4) 31 Small­est in­ter­val mea­sur­able by a tele­scope; or, a com­mit­ment made on 56 Across which aims to change one’s life­style for the bet­ter (10) 33 De­picted by Ford Ma­dox Brown in The Last of Eng­land, the act of leav­ing one’s res­i­dent coun­try (10) 35 De­rived from the an­nual rit­ual of swan-up­ping, the col­lec­tive noun for a flock of swans when kept for plea­sure (4) 36 For­mer world No 1 ten­nis player, now one of Andy Mur­ray’s coaches (5) 38 Plain stitch com­bined with purl (4) 39 Build­ing in Toronto that when com­pleted in 1976 be­came the world’s tallest free­stand­ing struc­ture (1,1,5) 40 Small metal caps tra­di­tion­ally form­ing part of most sewing kits, be­lieved to be kisses by Peter Pan (8) 42 Suf­frag­ist who served as the prin­ci­pal of the Chel­tenham Ladies’ Col­lege from 1858-1906 and founded St Hilda’s Col­lege, Ox­ford (5) 45 Son of the Greek sun god He­lios who died driv­ing his fa­ther’s char­iot (8) 47 Adopted name of Edgar Rice Bur­roughs’s char­ac­ter born John Clay­ton, Vis­count Greystoke (6) 50 Bodice with a net­ted skirt worn with pointe shoes for bal­let (4)

51 Physi­cist re­mem­bered for his ex­pla­na­tion of the ap­par­ent change in the fre­quency of a wave­length caused by the rel­a­tive mo­tion of the source (7) 53 Beach re­sort in Mex­ico fa­mous for the cliff divers of La Que­brada (8) 55 Nick­name of the artist com­mis­sioned by Philip II of Spain to paint the al­tar­piece The Mar­tyr­dom of St Mau­rice, who was sacked shortly after its com­ple­tion (2,5) 56 An­other name for Jan­uary 1 (3,5,3)


1 Woody plants known by their bi­no­mial name Frax­i­nus ex­cel­sior, cur­rently un­der threat of the Chalara frax­inea dis­ease in the UK (3,5) 2 Latin pre­fix used to mean “all” (4) 3_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ de­signer; per­son skilled in the art of co­or­di­nat­ing home dec­o­ra­tion and fur­nish­ings, such as Jasper Con­ran, Ben Pen­treath or Lady Hen­ri­etta Spencer-Churchill (8) 4 Al­pha­bet­i­cal hand­book or guide; or, a type of street at­las such as the one founded by Phyl­lis Pearsall (1,2,1) 5 Stan­dard piece of kit in a school pen­cil case for mea­sur­ing an­gles (10) 6 In­for­mal term for a film such as The King’s Speech, Mr Turner or The Dan­ish Girl (6) 7 Rep­tile such as an ana­conda (5) 8 Fish-eat­ing bird of prey of­ten nest­ing close to lochs or fresh­wa­ter lakes (6) 9 Blooms­bury Group mem­ber who wrote Mrs Dal­loway, To the Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own (5) 11 Stone fruit used for oil; or, a slice of beef or veal stewed with a stuff­ing (5) 16 Card, die or domino with three pips (4) 18 Cor­nish name for quartz-por­phyry (5) 20 Linda _____; char­ac­ter in The Archers por­trayed by Ca­role Boyd (5) 22 Au­thor of A Shrop­shire Lad (7) 24 __ _ _ _ salts; mag­ne­sium sul­phate used in restora­tive bathing prod­ucts (5) 25 Film com­pany with a logo/trade­mark fea­tur­ing a rooster (5) 26 Tra­di­tional Scot­tish cream cheese that can be used to make Cranachan or served with oat­cakes or whisky (7) 28 The Mid_ __ _ _ Gang; il­lus­trated novel for chil­dren by David Walliams (5) 30 US term for a piebald, skew­bald, pinto or to­biano horse (5) 32 Small cake with fon­dant ic­ing (5) 34 Coun­try pri­mar­ily con­sist­ing of its North Is­land and South Is­land (3,7) 35 Piece of tack pass­ing un­der the bar­rel of a horse or pony to se­cure a sad­dle (5) 37 Maker of Punto and Panda cars (4) 40 Cor­nish vil­lage with a castle as­so­ci­ated with Arthurian leg­ends (8) 41 French re­gion; or, a shade of dark pur­plishred (8) 43 French word mean­ing ‘study’; or, a com­po­si­tion for test­ing skill (5) 44 ‘Non-U’ name for a draw­ing room (6) 46 Greek god of sleep, son of Nyx (6) 48 Char­ac­ter cre­ated by Don Mar­quis (5) 49 Aus­trian psy­chol­o­gist who founded the school of in­di­vid­ual psy­chol­ogy (5) 52 Drama­tist whose works in­clude Tamer­lane, Lady Jane Grey and The Fair Pen­i­tent; or, an ac­tor who starred in the 1985 film Young Sher­lock Holmes (4) 54 Short name for a type of road bike used for com­pet­i­tive cy­cling; or, a brand of choco­late with a bub­bly tex­ture (4)

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