Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
11 Yorkshire-born sculptor who lived and worked in the Cornish seaside town St Ives for most of her life; her works include Seated Figure, Two Forms, Mother and Child and Family of Man (8) 12 “She bath’d with roses red, and __ _ _ _ _ _ blew, And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.” Sir Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (7) 13 Derived from a Malay word meaning to tie/bind, a traditional method of warp dyeing/weaving in Central Asia that was a favourite of the late Oscar de la Renta (4) 14 Modern __________; Pierre de Coubertin’s version of a multisport event invented by the Ancient Greeks that today consists of five sports – swimming, shooting fencing, riding and running (10) 15 Originally named Pelican, the galleon in which Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe from 1577-80 (6,4) 16 Part of a stamen where pollen is produced; the male part of a flower (6) 18 From the French meaning ‘hand care’, a professional treatment for the fingernails and hands (8) 21 Tuscan city where Filippino Lippi was born; a centre of the slow food movement where local delicacies include a variety of biscotti and mortadella (5) 23 The person in charge of steering a rowing shell and coordinating the rhythm of the crew; or, helmsman/woman or skipper of a lifeboat (8) 25 Classic salad of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, usually arranged on a plate to resemble the Italian flag (7) 27 Male ferrets; the tops of some cookers with hotplates; shelves at either side of open fireplaces; or, pegs used as targets in quoits (4) 29 Vertical arrangement of guitar amp equipment; a pyramidal group of rifles; or, a measure for a pile of wood (5) 31 Abbreviation of alfresco meals where marinated meat, burgers and foil-wrapped fish are traditionally cooked using methods of the same name (1,1,1,1) 33 Hill station and town at an altitude of around 6,700ft in West Bengal noted for its view of Kangchenjunga (the world’s third-highest mountain) and tea (10) 35 Study or exploration of caves (10) 37 Exedra-like semicircular recess such as the one in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, occupied at its centre by the famous Virgin and Child mosaic (4) 38 Collection of diagrams made by a cartographer; name of a mountain chain in the Maghreb; or, a Greek Titan (5) 40 The capital of Norway, once home to dramatist Henrik Ibsen (4) 41 Belgian city on the River Scheldt, known as the world’s diamond capital (7) 42 Refresher known as citron pressé that can be made from three ingredients (8) 44 __ _ _ _ pine; national tree of the country with the capital Edinburgh; the world’s most widely distributed conifer (5) 47 Steepness of an incline/slope/rise in a road, expressed as a percentage (8)
49 Male governors in India during the time of the Mughal empire (6) 52 Person who writes computer code (10) 54 Edwardian town on the Suffolk coast, site of Britain’s largest container port (10) 56 The ____ Falls; collection of short stories by Mark Haddon (4) 57 Author whose poem The Parliament of Fowls is said to have contributed towards the tradition of Valentine’s Day (7) 58 Italian tin-glazed earthenware decorated with istoriato or ‘stories’ (8)
1 With a tributary flowing through the Wye Valley, the UK’s longest river (6) 2 Wallpaper samples in book form (8) 3 Esio ____; Roald Dahl’s tale for children about a tortoise and a magic spell (4) 4 Mythological countryman married to Baucis whose hospitality to Zeus and Hermes is synonymous with goodwill (8) 5 County that was scrapped and split between Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (4) 6 Poet discovered by Sir Walter Scott who wrote The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (4) 7 Place/room/square in Cluedo where the solution envelope is placed (6) 8 Actress who starred as Jane Seymour in the film Henry VIII and His Six Wives (5) 9 A sea area in the Shipping Forecast; or, the surname of the late actress who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films (6) 10 Official birthstone for January (6) 17 Horse coat colour that can be strawberry, bay or blue (4) 19 One of the Fleetwood Mac vocalists (5) 20 The Roman god of love (5) 22 __ _ _ _ Box; star cluster in Crux (5) 24 Once known as a devilfish, a cephalopod studied in malacology (7) 26 Titles of Charles Grey, Prince Edward and David Armstrong-Jones (5) 27 Composer who wrote The Planets (5) 28 French painter whose works include Cats on the Railing, The Dining Room in the Country, Nude in the Bath and Coffee (7) 30 Instrument said to be the one most closely resembling the human voice (5) 32 _____ on the Landscape; Tom Sharpe’s novel that was adapted to screen (5) 34 Traditional Scottish green tweed (5) 36 Amount of grapes harvested from a vineyard or veg/grains from a crop (5) 37 Fruit used for a rustic Dorset cake, often during autumn when bountiful (5) 39 Egyptian god identified with Ra (4) 42 Nickname of the tennis player who at the age of 18 became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same year (6,2) 43 Method of reckoning that superseded the use of the Julian calendar (3,5) 45 Comic Relief co-founder who wrote Notting Hill and Love Actually (6) 46 Wild cats, the largest of all felines (6) 48 Scottish chemist who discovered the noble gases and determined their place in the periodic system (6) 50 With a species of swan named after him, the wood engraver and naturalist who penned A History of British Birds (6) 51 Item also known as a chronograph (5) 53 Lyricist who collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar (4) 54 Garden or farm tool with prongs (4) 55 The Roman numeral representing the number feared by triskaidekaphobics (1,1,1,1)
Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is March 14. The winner of this crossword will be announced on March 24. The winner of the February 24 crossword is Dr Zarina Chinchinwala, Dubai.