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