Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
11 ‘Queen of Crime’ whose sleuth character Hercule Poirot is said to have been inspired by a Belgian gendarme refugee living in Torquay in the First World War (8) 12 Study of relationships between organisms and their environments and how Earth’s materials, processes, structures, etc have changed over time (7) 13 Word linking with ‘sweet’ for plants grown up nets or hazel/cane wigwams, or with ‘garden’ for legumes that can be eaten straight from their pods (4) 14 Country that lost its supremacy as a superpower in the Baltic region to Peter the Great’s Russia following disastrous participation in the Great Northern War (6) 15 With three banks of oars powered by 170 men at an average speed of 7.5-10 knots, the largest of the Ancient Greek warships (7) 16 Seaside town in North Yorkshire near Robin Hood’s Bay, where Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour was built and the favourite Victorian gem jet is mined (6) 17 Known as ‘the first gentleman of England’, prince regent in 1811 and king in 1820 who commissioned John Nash to redesign the Royal Pavilion (6,1,1) 19 Word linking with ‘house’ to form the name of a structure built in boughs as a lookout, a play area for children, occasional retreat or workspace (4) 21 General term for a wardrobe staple considered timelessly stylish, such as a blazer, white shirt, old school tie, grey cashmere sweater, LBD, etc (7) 23 Go Hard or Go Home presenter currently in training to become the fastest woman on water over one nautical mile (5) 25 Medical procedure known as venipuncture that is usually preceded by a period of fasting (5,4) 26 Genus name of the orang-utan; or, the nickname of the Drones Club character Reginald Twistleton (5) 30 Warbler whose song has earned it the nickname ‘northern nightingale’ (8) 32 The Garden of _______ Delights; triptych painted by Hieronymus Bosch (7) 33 Developed by the Allies during the Second World War, a method of dispersing airfield fog by burning petrol to enable aircraft to land (4) 35 Word linking with ‘body’ to form the name of a protein aka immunoglobulin (4) 36 Second-largest Serbian city (4,3) 39 According to the zodiac, a person born under the sign of the Water Bearer (8) 40 Members of a former political party rivalled by the Tories (5) 42 Wholemeal pastry tart with a potato, onion, leek and cheese filling, said to have been developed by the Land Girls during the Second World War (6,3) 44 _______ Martin; car with models including the Volante DB6, Lagonda and DB7 Zagato (5) 47 Red _______; migrant butterfly often found on nettles, Vanessa atalanta (7) 49 Native New Zealand plant named after the Greek goddess of youth (4)
50 Name of a former jet airliner that was used for commercial travel at supersonic speeds of around 1,350mph (8) 53 Smallest of the British pack hounds (6) 54 Artist who generally signed his work with his birth name, Doménikos Theotokópoulos (but in Greek) (2,5) 56 Novelist who wrote Atonement (6) 58 Coconut fibre used for ropes or hard-wearing, rustic flooring (4) 59 Old Etonian adventurer who, in 2015 aged 71, became the oldest Briton to complete the Marathon des Sables (7) 60 Theoretical physicist who developed the formula E=mc2 (8)
1 Actor who portrayed Colin Dexter’s crosswording character Inspector Morse (4) 2 Actor who played Willy Wonka in a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (6) 3 Capital of the Falkland Islands (7) 4 ________ of Britain; 1951 event organised to mark the centenary of the Great Exhibition and raise national morale (8) 5 Plant in the borage family with cherryvanilla-scented flowers (10) 6 Lulworth ____; shingle beach along the Jurassic Coast near Durdle Door (4) 7 The _____ of One; Bryce Courtenay’s novel based on character Peekay (5) 8 The parliament of the Isle of Man (7) 9 Stems of parsley, rosemary, holly, etc (6) 10 Decorative technique applied to paper, eggs or blown eggshells (8) 18 Formation of troops/planes in steps (7) 20 _____ the Dragon; Bruce Lee’s last film (5) 22 Island in the Bay of Naples where WH Auden wrote In Praise of Limestone (6) 24 Striped linen textile used for traditional mattresses, quilts, upholstering armchairs, blinds, etc (7) 27 Black brogue-like leather dress shoes characterised by closed laces (7) 28 Medieval settlement where the kings of Scotland were traditionally crowned on the Stone of Destiny (5) 29 _____ the Great; founder of the Achaemenid Empire (5) 31 Russian physiologist whose studies of the salivation rate among dogs led to the foundation of classical conditioning (6) 34 Hardest natural substance on Earth (7) 37 Nickname of the comedian who wrote On the Ning Nang Nong (5) 38 Break from work to attend college (3,7) 41 Mammal known collectively as an array or a prickle; a gardener’s ally (8) 43 Two __ ______; British sitcom that starred Sid James and Victor Spinetti (2,6) 45 Short name of the cookery competition filmed in a tent in Welford Park for the final three series (4,3) 46 Wood _______; wildflower of ancient deciduous woodlands also known as lady’s nightcap; a harbinger of spring (7) 48 Term that derived from a story by Rudyard Kipling for a stylish, upwardly mobile female socialite (2,4) 51 Mafia code of silence (6) 52 Plantswoman who lived at Barnsley House near Cirencester who was keen on creating gardens that maintained their beauty throughout the winter (5) 55 Unit of heredity forming part of a chromosome and its telomeres (4) 57 Genus/Latin name of honeybees (4) Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is April 18. The winner of this crossword will be announced on April 28. The winner of the March 31 crossword is Keith W Blankley from Dubai.