Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
11 Artist noted for depictions of sporting life, horses, exotic animals and conversation pieces, such as Whistlejacket, Horse Attacked by a Lion and The Prince of Wales’s Phaeton (6) 12 Collection of poems by Sylvia Plath; a sprite in The Tempest; or, a character in The Little Mermaid (5) 13 Fragrant wild flower forming violetcoloured carpets in ancient woodlands during spring, often with a Spanish and hybrid variety (8) 14 Tuscan capital and World Heritage Site, location of the Renaissance Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens (8) 15 Lawn game played with mallets and hoops that was popularised in the UK by John Jaques when he “packaged” the game with sets of rules in the 1850s (7) 16 Shortened term for the tradename of a form of widescreen cinematography that draws the audience as close to reality as possible (4) 17 Crumbly cheese that can be prepared at home with whole milk and lemon juice, often served in classic Indian dishes containing spinach, peas, etc (6) 19 Margaret Thatcher’s nickname (4,4) 21 Extending through Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, the world’s longest continental mountain range (5) 23 _____ ___, Jeeves!, title of a novel by PG Wodehouse; or, a 1936 film starring Arthur Treacher and David Niven (5,3) 25 Roman goddess of wisdom and crafts, often depicted with a little owl (7) 27 Team sport played on horseback, depicted in a novel by Jilly Cooper with characters including Ricky France-Lynch and Perdita MacLeod (4) 29 English name of the character Milou in Hergé’s The Adventures of Tintin (5) 31 The large shooter marbles in a game of marbles (4) 33 The __________; lake in Hyde Park that hosted the triathlon and marathon swimming events at London 2012 (10) 35 Region spread across India and Bangladesh famous for its mangrove forests; home of the Royal Bengal tiger and estuarine crocodile (10) 37 Herb with a flavour similar to anise and fennel, used to flavour gravlax, pickled gherkins or salmon en papillote (4) 38 Suit in a pack of cards denoted by a black trefoil; or, objects used in the game with a name once supposed to mean “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden” (5) 40 Dish with regional varieties including cassoulet, daube, goulash, ratatouille and tagine (4) 41 Italian city on the Po, best known for its violin-making traditions and the Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari families (7) 42 Original name of a cricket ground in the village of West End in Hampshire; or, a type of vase often with a perforated lid or “frog” (4,4) 44 A type of botanical inflorescence; a variety of lavender; or, the nickname of Terence Alan Milligan (5) 47 1995 film starring Alicia Silverstone (8) 49 Archipelago including the islands of São
Miguel, Pico and Flores; an autonomous region of Portugal (6) 52 King of Mercia who organised the construction of an earthwork between England and Wales (4) 53 Actor, author and playwright who wrote the screenplay to the film based on his life The Lady in the Van (7) 55 Mythological Greek shepherd loved by the moon goddess Selene (8) 57 Nocturnal bird visiting the UK during the summer months; the male of which has a loud “churring” call containing around 1,900 notes per minute (8) 58 Byker _____; teen drama that starred PJ and Duncan (aka, Ant and Dec) (5) 59 Cloud forming in “mare’s tails” (6)
1 First name of Paul and Linda McCartney’s fashion designer daughter (6) 2 Scottish city where granite was sourced to build parts of the Houses of Parliament and Waterloo Bridge (8) 3 Acronym for the name of the unique number assigned to all books prior to publication (1,1,1,1) 4 Body of water between the Congo and Rwanda believed to be set to explode (4,4) 5 Metal used to make vintage-style garden pots and planters (4) 6 Story collection by Ruth Rendell (10) 7 Theatre of the ______; form of drama associated with Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco and Harold Pinter (6) 8 In geology, term for a group of minerals, especially igneous rocks (5) 9 Author of The Country Girls, Down by the River and Wild Decembers (1’5) 10 The Official ______ Ranger Handbook; book by Peter York and Ann Barr (6) 18 Novelist who wrote Good Morning, Midnight and Wide Sargasso Sea (4) 20 Actor who starred as Gaff in Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner (5) 22 First name of the son of Mary, Queen of Scots who succeeded Elizabeth I (5) 24 Nicknamed le Blaireau (or, the badger), French cyclist who won the Tour de France five times (7) 26 Of or relating to the countryside (5) 27 Segment of the corolla of a flower (5) 28 Weapon written about by Roger Ascham in his book Toxophilus (7) 30 Last word of a paragraph carried over to the next page or column, considered undesirable in printing (5) 32 Seaweed used in Japanese cookery (5) 34 First name of the girl who helped rescue survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838 with her lighthousekeeper father William Darling (5) 36 Prehistoric monument in Wiltshire (10) 37 The male of the duck (5) 39 Largest continent; or, an Oceanid (4) 42 Cockney rhyming slang for tea (5,3) 43 Strip placed inside an item read/collected by a bibliophile; or, the electronic equivalent for a web page (8) 45 Species of seabird in the auk family, used as the symbol of the children’s imprint of Penguin Books (6) 46 Currency of Zambia and Malawi (6) 48 One- ______; jokes delivered in a sentence (6) 50 Bob Marley and the Wailers album (6) 51 The capital city of Nigeria (5) 54 Hammer-wielding Norse thunder god after whom Thursday was named (4) 56 The ____ Man; novel by Luke Rhinehart (4) Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entry is February 7. The winner of this crossword will be announced on February 17. The winner of the January 20 is Hares Shehab from Dubai.