Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
1 The _____’ Stratagem; George Farquhar’s 1707 comedy featuring characters including Archer, Aimwell, Boniface, Cherry and Lady Bountiful, revived by Simon Godwin at the National Theatre in 2015 (5) 4 Depicted with violets in a portrait by Édouard Manet and married to Eugène Manet, the artist who created The Cradle, At the Ball and Summer Day who was the first woman to join the Impressionists (7) 8 Fox terrier character in a series of books for children written by Enid Blyton under the pen name Mary Pollock (5) 15 Located north-west of the Milky Way, the ‘serpent bearer’ constellation known as the 13th sign of the zodiac (9) 16 Bread cooked by exposure to radiant heat, eaten buttered for breakfast with marmalade/conserves or with boiled eggs (5) 17 Originally Cromwell’s commander-in-chief in Scotland, the Devon-born soldier who later became a key figure in negotiating the restoration of the monarchy to Charles II in 1660 (5) 18 Time ________; caches of objects representing the present such as newspapers, photos, books etc. that are buried for discovery in the future (8) 19 Type of sideboard for crockery, milk jugs, Cornishware etc., traditionally found in a cottage, farmhouse or large old country house with a scullery (5,7) 21 Abbreviated name of a county that gave its name to a breed of Corgi, where Tenby and Marloes form part of one of the three Welsh national parks (5) 23 Brown ______; traditionally potted with clarified butter, ground mace, nutmeg and cayenne pepper, a crustacean found in the tidal sands of Morecambe Bay (6) 25 Items fed to the pheasants in Roald Dahl’s Danny, the Champion of the World (7) 28 Elizabeth I’s courtier who became a famed adventurer and explorer before his execution at the Palace of Westminster in 1618 (7) 30 Distinctive melody or song associated with a performer, or one that opens/closes a radio or television programme (9,4) 33 Isle of Wight’s famous landmark in the form of three chalk stacks (3,7) 35 Breed of feathered draught horse resembling a compact shire; or, a cyclist/ runner with a heavy, powerful stature (10) 38 _____________ Watch; initiative in the UK that encourages communities to club together and agree to look out for one another (13) 41 Monogamous bird of prey that was close to national extinction until successfully reintroduced to England in the Chilterns and to Scotland (3,4) 42 Director noted for films including Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange (7) 44 Shrub in the mint family; a favoured source of nectar for honeybees (6) 45 The Book of _____; satire collection by William Makepeace Thackeray (5)
49 Soft fruits that can be poached with elderflower cordial to make a fool (12) 52 Flower symbolising purity, cleanliness and devotion traditionally dried and used to fill heart-shaped sachets (8) 55 Palisades enclosing the tournament area where medieval knights jousted (5) 56 One of the artists who founded the Ashcan School of painters (5) 57 Theorised hypothetical spherical shell of icy planetesimals beyond the orbit of Neptune and the Kuiper Belt (4,5) 58 Power shot in tennis or badminton (5) 59 Legendary castled city where King Arthur held court at the Round Table (7) 60 Late author who penned Watership Down, The Ship’s Cat and A Nature Diary (5)
2 Meaning ‘to escape’, a classical ballet move starting in 5th, rising to 2nd on pointe and back to 5th (7) 3 _____/Ayers Rock; sandstone landmark in Northern Territory, Australia (5) 5 ____ house; building in which hops are traditionally dried (4) 6 Waiting __ ___ _____; Noël Coward play (2,3,5) 7 Gems esteemed for play of colours (5) 9 Romantic tragicomedy by Shakespeare with the character Imogen/Innogen (9) 10 Snowboard-like mode of transport ridden with both feet facing forwards (7) 11 Composer of the music to Heart of Oak, the official march of the Royal Navy (5) 12 Frame with a central hub housing a bearing; or, a disc of cheese (5) 13 Farm where horses are bred (4) 14 Garments, mini, midi or maxi (6) 20 Author of Wide Sargasso Sea (4) 22 Green felt for covering card-game/ snooker tables or for lining drawers (5) 24 _____ Harbor; site of a surprise attack by the Japanese in 1941 (5) 25 Game that emerged during the Tudor times that is played in the open air by teams sprinting between four bases (8) 26 Style of stripy jersey or T-shirt (6) 27 Also called a pomelo, the largest of all the citrus fruits (8) 29 Pharmacologist who shared a Nobel Prize with Henry Dale for discoveries relating to chemical transmission of nerve impulses (5) 31 One of the five basic food tastes (5) 32 Number known in bingo as ‘legs’ (6) 34 Google _____; virtual globe and map (5) 36 African country, capital Khartoum (5) 37 Named after the texture of muslin, hollandaise folded with whipped cream to serve with asparagus (10) 39 Novel by Lulu Taylor; or, female beneficiaries of inheritances (9) 40 Couturier whose designs formed the style known as the New Look (4) 42 The capital of Rwanda (6) 43 Cherry _______; Japanese national flower, viewed during the custom Hanami (7) 46 English word for a boudoir (7) 47 Deflecting manoeuvre in fencing such as prime, tierce, quarte (5) 48 Museo del ____; Spanish national art museum situated in Madrid (5) 50 Nymph cursed by Hera to repeat only the last words that she heard (4) 51 Word linking with ‘ghost’ to form the title of a 1980s children’s series with characters including Harold Meaker and Miss Popov (5) 53 Fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, immortalised by Pierre Corneille (2,3) 54 Game played in a series of chukkas (4)
Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is April 4. The winner of this crossword will be announced on April 14. The winner of the March 17 crossword is Mariam Rashid, Dubai.