PUZ­ZLES

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

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1 Lead­ing Im­pres­sion­ist and master of en plein air style whose paint­ings in­clude Springtime, Poppy Field, Irises and many de­pic­tions of his gar­den in Giverny in­clud­ing the Wa­ter Lilies se­ries (5) 4 Bi­valve mol­luscs in­hab­it­ing rock­pools, es­tu­ar­ies, sandy bays and muddy shores; con­sumed by hu­mans as a sea­side snack and by birds such as oys­ter­catch­ers (7) 8 Jo­hanna Spyri’s best-sell­ing clas­sic tale by about an or­phan liv­ing in the moun­tain pas­tures of the Swiss Alps with her grand­fa­ther (5) 15 Gov­ern­ment-owned com­pany pro­duc­ing up to 90 mil­lion coins and blanks a week, some of which are sub­ject to the pe­ri­odic trial of the pyx pro­ce­dure (5,4) 16 Mytho­log­i­cal na­ture spirit such as a dryad, na­iad, oread or un­dine; or, an im­ma­ture form of an in­sect hav­ing in­com­plete meta­mor­pho­sis (5) 17 Bak­ing in­gre­di­ent de­rived from the roasted, ground beans of a trop­i­cal tree with three main va­ri­eties – criollo, foras­tero and trini­tario (5) 18 __ _ _ _ chase; cross-coun­try game or race also called hare and hounds (5) 19 Old _______; for­mer pupil of the school where an abra­cadabra is used for daily sched­ul­ing and Tardy Book is signed for un­punc­tu­al­ity (7) 20 First part of Dante’s Di­vine Com­edy de­scrib­ing his vi­sion of trav­el­ling through hell that in­spired Dan Brown to write a novel of the same name (7) 21 Win­ter X Games lo­ca­tion near Snow­mass in Colorado; or, a tree with quiv­er­ing leaves, Pop­u­lus trem­ula (5) 23 Name given to any one of the in­vestors on the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show where en­trepreneurs are given three min­utes to pitch their busi­ness ideas (6) 25 Pro­ces­sional pa­rade of a vic­to­ri­ous gen­eral in an­cient Rome (7) 28 Ship­ping ty­coon who mar­ried Jac­que­line Kennedy in 1968 (7) 30 With an in­signia bear­ing a rose, this­tle and sham­rock, cer­e­mo­nial guardians of the Tower of Lon­don, pop­u­larly (but in­cor­rectly) ti­tled a beefeater (6,7) 33 One of the names used for what is gen­er­ally re­garded as the na­tional mu­si­cal in­stru­ment of Wales (6,4) 35 City in the Pun­jab prov­ince of Pak­istan, site of the Noor Ma­hal (10) 38 Me­dieval French poem based on Guil­laume de Lor­ris’s al­le­gor­i­cal ac­count (later con­tin­ued by Jean de Meun) of the progress of a courtly love af­fair (5,2,2,4) 41 Son of John of Gaunt and Blanche of Lan­caster born in Bol­ing­broke Cas­tle in 1367 who be­came the sub­ject of two plays by Wil­liam Shake­speare (5,2) 42 Coun­try with the cap­i­tal Minsk (7) 44 Crest or mono­gram set into a ring, tra­di­tion­ally used with seal­ing wax to au­then­ti­cate im­por­tant doc­u­ments (6) 45 Grow­ing al­most ex­clu­sively in an­cient boul­der clay wood­lands in ar­eas where Suf­folk, Es­sex and Cam­bridgeshire meet, the county flower of Suf­folk (5)

49 Lay­ered pud­dings of sherry-soaked sponge fin­gers with cream, cus­tard, fruit and toasted flaked al­monds (7) 51 Ab­bre­vi­ated name for boots worn for gar­den­ing, ru­ral dog walks, sta­ble du­ties, muddy fes­ti­vals etc (7) 52 Units of re­pro­duc­tion of flow­er­ing plants, the world’s big­gest be­ing that of the coco de mer palm, the world’s big­gest (5) 53 Bo­li­vian city roughly sit­u­ated be­tween La Paz and Su­cre (5) 54 Wa­ter­way for barges/nar­row­boats (5) 55 French culi­nary word for a case of puff pas­try, bread, semolina, duchess pota­toes etc, to be filled with ragout or salpi­con (9) 56 One of the founders of the so-called Trac­tar­ian move­ment (5) 57 Po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic the­o­ries of the Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo au­thors (7) 58 Gar­ment also called a domino (5)

DOWN

2 High­est moun­tain in Greece (7) 3 Math­e­ma­ti­cian who pop­u­larised no­ta­tional con­ven­tions in­clud­ing i to de­note the imag­i­nary unit and e for the base of the nat­u­ral log­a­rithm (5) 5 Ad­jec­tive used to de­scribe a per­son who en­joys al­fresco pur­suits (9) 6 Lon­don dis­trict, site of one of the cap­i­tal’s eight Royal Parks (10) 7 Swedish oceanog­ra­pher who recog­nised the im­por­tance of the Co­ri­o­lis force on ocean cur­rents (5) 9 Chef who wrote Le Guide Culi­naire and in­tro­duced French haute cui­sine to the Savoy, Carl­ton and the Ritz (9) 10 Dulce et _______ Est; Wil­fred Owen poem (7) 11 Soft tor­tillas used to make less- bready al­ter­na­tives to sand­wiches; or, gar­ments re­sem­bling bal­let tops (5) 12 Tex­tile made from flax plant fi­bres (5) 13 Lan­guage for­merly called Si­amese (4) 14 Type of wa­ter­proof over­shoe (6) 22 In the Woods at Giverny: Blanche Hoschedé at Her _____ with Suzanne Hoschedé Read­ing; paint­ing by the artist de­scribed in 1 Across (5) 24 Spi­ral-horned African an­te­lope (5) 25 Traf­fic-free routes ad­ja­cent to the type of wa­ter­way in 54 Across, used by walk­ers, run­ners, cy­clists etc (8) 26 Style of straw hat tra­di­tion­ally with a striped gros­grain rib­bon/band (6) 27 Con­tour lines con­nect­ing points of equal rain­fall on a map (8) 29 Self-ev­i­dent state­ment such as ‘ex­is­tence ex­ists’ (5) 31 __ _ _ _ Quar­ter; an­other name for Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest sand desert (5) 32 __ _ _ _ _ Tues­day; Pan­cake Day (6) 34 Quan­ti­ties of pa­per (5) 36 Sup­ple­men­tary build­ing or liv­ing space also called a granny flat (5) 37 Num­ber which is 1 fol­lowed by too many ze­ros to write out (10) 39 Full name of a sub­stance dis­tilled from the flow­ers of the Seville or­ange (6,3) 40 Lenses also called oc­u­lars (9) 42 McLaren-Honda rac­ing driver (6) 43 Poem by WH Davies that be­gins: ‘What is this life if, full of care...’ (7) 46 Tra­di­tional Ja­panese floristry (7) 47 Berk­shire Gold Cup race­course (5) 48 The _____; name of an urn orig­i­nally pre­sented to crick­eter Ivo Bligh (5) 50 __ _ _ and buskin; com­edy and tragedy (4) 51 A Fish Called _____; 1988 com­edy film with John Cleese and Jamie Lee Cur­tis (5) 52 Agave fi­bre used for flooring (5) So­lu­tions will be given next week. The last date for en­tries is March 28. The win­ner of this cross­word will be an­nounced on April 7. The win­ner of the March 10 cross­word is Dr Za­rina Chinch­in­wala, Dubai.

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