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