Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
1 Name by which the Dutch artist who created The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Belshazzar’s Feast, The Night Watch and The Syndics was known (9) 6 English name for a family of herbaceous plants that includes cotton, hibiscus, hollyhocks and okra, from which the colour mauve derives its name (6) 9 Nickname of the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest and last of the six Mitford sisters (4) 13 Known in French as vichy, a plain-woven checked cotton cloth used for casual shirts, capri pants, summer dresses, country-style tablecloths, traditional jam jar lids, etc (7) 14 Sets of stumps and bails described in Law 8 of cricket; or, the name for croquet hoops in the US and Canada (7) 15 Described by John Keats in To Autumn as bending the “moss’d cottage-trees”, an orchard fruit with many heritage varieties, used to make charlotte, crumble filling or scrumpy (5) 16 __ _ _ _ of Terror; period of state terrorism during the French Revolution led by Maximilien Robespierre (5) 17 Tragedy by French dramatist Jean Racine that was his final work (7) 18 Another name for the Aten in Egyptian mythology (3,4) 19 A type of Ancient Greek market or gathering place from which the phobia of open/public places derived its name (5) 21 Law of the ______; derived from the laws and life codes of the wolves in the stories by Rudyard Kipling (6) 23 Character in The Two Gentlemen of Verona; or, one of the newly discovered moons of Neptune which is one of the darkest objects in the solar system (7) 26 Merchant who founded a store on Regent Street in 1875, today noted for luxury goods, stationery, silk scarves, floral art fabrics in Tana lawn cotton, etc (7) 28 Plants from Japan with white, trumpetshaped fragrant flowers, used to symbolise peace and remembrance in Ireland (6,6) 31 Country home and garden in Firle formerly of the Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant (10) 33 Largest and oldest-known of the dromaeosaurids, or ‘swift lizards’ (10) 36 Archipelago off the Northumberland coast famous for wildlife including puffins and a colony of grey seals (5,7) 39 __ _ _ _ _ _ I; king of the English known as the Lionheart who spent as little as six months in England during his 10-year reign (7) 41 A dusky pink Victorian colour; or, an old-fashioned type of flower such as a damask (3,4) 43 Fruitcake traditionally baked at Easter but also for Mothering Sunday (6) 44 Weapon used by medieval jousters and by soldiers during the Charge of the Light Brigade (5) 48 Physicist who discovered the iridium layer and proposed that the mass extinction of dinosaurs was caused by an asteroid impact (7)
50 Spanish fascist movement (7) 51 The first queen to rule England in her own right (4,1) 52 General name for a body part such as a brain, heart, kidney, liver or lung (5) 53 Prehistoric period when humans first developed tools, armour, weapons, coinage, etc, made from ferrum (4,3) 54 Brand of waxed cotton jacket (7) 55 Guides on maps interpreting symbols; or, winged seeds also called samaras (4) 56 __ _ _ _ _ from Alcatraz; Don Siegel film (6) 57 Field marshal depicted on the ‘Your Country Needs You’ posters (9)
1 Architect noted for work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Millennium Dome in London (6) 2 Author whose Fortunes of War novels were adapted into a series with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson (7) 3 Abbreviation of a title given to privy councillors and cabinet ministers (2,3) 4 Back-protecting sheepskin pad or quilted cotton cloth placed under a saddle (6) 5 Type of city dwelling sometimes belonging to a person with a larger property in the countryside (4,5) 6 Biologist who studies fungi (10) 7 _____ -Bastogne- _____; very tough Ardennes cycle race nicknamed La Doyenne (the oldest), an annual classic (5) 8 Foam-like material used by florists (5) 10 French expression used in chess describing a piece exposed to capture (2,5) 11 Description of the weather when clouds are covering all/most of the sky (8) 12 Bird with a familiar call at night and in the early hours of the morning (5,3) 20 Description of a non-urban area (5) 22 Three-Day _____; one of the names for the equestrian sport comprising dressage, cross-country and showjumping (5) 23 Fish traditionally used to make the Cornish dish stargazey pie (8) 24 Colour of the markers indicating the most challenging ski runs, such as Grand Couloir in Courchevel (5) 25 East ________; site in Scotland of Dumfries House and its collection of Chippendale furniture (8) 27 Portuguese city in Norte (5) 29 Word for an actor with a minor role (5) 30 Level of interest or importance allocated to a listed building (5) 32 Tressure-like heraldic shield borders (5) 34 The capital of Ghana (5) 35 Traditional kitchen items such as pie dishes, often blue and white (10) 37 Material used for wet/skinsuits, gloves for outdoor sports and overshoes (8) 38 Author of Of Mice and Men (9) 40 The __ _ _ _ _ _ _ Foundation; the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (5,3) 42 French poet who wrote Chatterton (2,5) 45 Plant related to globe artichokes (7) 46 Author whose novel The Railway Children was adapted into a family film starring Jenny Agutter as Bobbie (6) 47 Item known as a looking-glass (6) 49 German optician who founded a precision workshop for mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846 (5) 50 First name of the protagonist in Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (5) 51 Month in the UK when sardines, spring onions, blood oranges, purple sprouting broccoli and oysters are seasonal (5) Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is April 11 The winner of this crossword will be announced on April 21. The winner of the March 24 crossword is Tim Berry, UAE.