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

Friday - - Puzzles -


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.

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