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1 County that in­spired Thomas Hardy to write Far from the Madding Crowd, John Fowles The French Lieu­tenant’s Woman and Ian McEwan On Ch­e­sil Beach (6) 4 De­picted in a poem by Ge­orge Mered­ith that later in­spired Ralph Vaughan Wil­liams to write a classical piece; a bird noted for its con­tin­u­ous melodic song when high in flight (7) 8 In­gre­di­ents used in me­dieval gas­tron­omy such as long pep­pers, grains of paradise, nard and cubeb, to­day used in the mix­tures ba­harat, har­risa, marsala, qua­tre épices and za’atar (6) 14 Tech­ni­cal draw­ing such as an architectural or engi­neer­ing plan; or, the mag­a­zine for Ox­ford Univer­sity staff (9) 15 English sport with ver­sions played at schools in­clud­ing Eton, Rugby, Warmin­ster and Winch­ester (5) 16 With some of the high­est lev­els of sunshine recorded any­where in the Bri­tish Isles due to the mild in­flu­ence of the Gulf Stream, the most west­erly is­land of the In­ner He­brides (5) 17 Greek god­desses of vengeance and pun­ish­ment also known as the Fu­ries (7) 18 Word for a busi­ness or me­dia ty­coon; a steam lo­co­mo­tive with 2-6-0 wheel ar­range­ment; or, a bump on a piste formed by skiers turn­ing (5) 19 Chi­nese div­ina­tion text known in English as Book of Changes (1,5) 21 Sport/game con­tested at The Cham­pi­onships – the an­nual tour­na­ment that adopted the ‘Heat Rule’ in 1992 (6) 23 Ab­bre­vi­ated name of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Army Corps vol­un­teers who fought in the Gal­lipoli Cam­paign, hon­oured in a na­tional day of re­mem­brance an­nu­ally on April 25 (6) 25 __ _ _ _ _ _ lobe; func­tion­ing as a type of anatom­i­cal con­trol panel re­spon­si­ble for many of our im­por­tant cog­ni­tive skills, one of the four ma­jor lobes of the cere­bral cor­tex in the brain (7) 27 Lex­i­cog­ra­pher noted for his 1806 pub­li­ca­tion A Com­pen­dious Dic­tio­nary of the English Lan­guage; or, the drama­tist who wrote The Duchess of Malfi (7) 29 1954 radio drama by Dylan Thomas set in the fic­tional Welsh fish­ing vil­lage Llareg­gub (5,4,4) 31 The­atre Work­shop co-founder re­mem­bered for her 1963 mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion Oh, What a Lovely War! (10) 33 Ge­o­graph­i­cal region com­pris­ing coun­tries in­clud­ing Kenya, Tan­za­nia and Uganda, site of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, Lake Vic­to­ria and Vic­to­ria Falls (4,6) 36 Sound­proof pod for rest­ing im­mersed in wa­ter for re­lax­ation or pain re­lief (9,4) 39 Tools for pot­ting plants, con­tainer gar­den­ing, mix­ing soil, weed­ing, etc (7) 40 Sys­tem of belts and pouches form­ing part of a sol­dier’s com­bat/yomp­ing kit with pack and ri­fle (7) 42 Ger­man elec­tro-en­cryp­tion machine de­ci­phered by Alan Tur­ing and other code­break­ers at Bletch­ley Park dur­ing the Sec­ond World War (6)

43 __ _ _ _ _ Bea­cons; Welsh na­tional park, site of Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan Brychein­iog and the Black Moun­tains (6) 47 ______ Grum­ble; Sir Terry Wo­gan’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy pub­lished in 2006 (6) 49 In cards, an­other name for a jack (5) 50 Ab­stract paint­ing style in­flu­enced by cu­bism that was de­vel­oped by Robert and So­nia De­lau­nay around 1912 (7) 53 Ap­pro­pri­ate _____; tele­vi­sion drama­ti­sa­tion based on Fred West and his so­cial worker (por­trayed by Emily Wat­son) (5) 54 Luthier from Cre­mona cred­ited with mak­ing the first vi­o­lin (5) 55 Sa­muel Tay­lor Co­leridge, Robert Southey and Wil­liam Wordsworth col­lec­tively (4,5) 56 Paint­ing by John Everett Mil­lais de­pict­ing a bi­b­li­cal queen (6) 57 Bod­ily or­gans that fil­ter around 150-180 litres of blood ev­ery day (7) 58 Cake such as a Vic­to­ria sandwich (6)

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1 Book­seller who wrote the 1769 ‘who’s who’ of aris­to­cratic ti­tles, Peer­age and Barone­tage; his name is syn­ony­mous with Bri­tish eti­quette (7) 2 Is­land with the cap­i­tal Saint-De­nis (7) 3_ _ _ _ _ hand; English trans­la­tion of the Ja­panese word karate (5) 5 Nepalese cap­i­tal in the Hi­malayas (9) 6 Reg­i­ment of the House­hold Cavalry (4,6) 7 French com­poser noted for Daph­nis et Chloé, Boléro and La Valse (5) 9 Hand­i­craft used to make quilts (9) 10 Small crown; or, the band of a horse’s leg where the hair­line meets the hoof (7) 11 The Pot­ting ____; Graham Greene play (4) 12 Lime green char­ac­ter with an an­tenna; the sec­ond Tele­tubby (5) 13 In sumo, a push with el­bows bent (4) 20 Hand­bags and ____ ____; Mike d’Abo song cov­ered by Rod Stewart and Stereo­phon­ics that was adopted as the theme of The Of­fice (4,4) 22 In­for­mal mil­i­tary word for data/info (5) 24 Chief so­lar de­ity in Hin­duism (5) 25 Baked egg dish that can be flavoured with roasted pep­pers, peas, feta, spinach, herbs, ri­cotta, etc (8) 26 Poet who wrote Dra­matic Lyrics (8) 27 __ _ _ _ _ _ _ & Wet­lands Trust; mod­ern name of the char­ity founded in Slim­bridge by or­nithol­o­gist Sir Peter Scott in 1946 (8) 28 Latin/genus name of the buz­zard (5) 30 Fruit such as a gordal or kalamata (5) 32 480 grains or 28 grams (5) 34 Ingredient form­ing the ba­sis of bread, pas­try, bat­ter and some sauces (5) 35 Art or sci­ence ascer­tain­ing one’s po­si­tion by means of a map, com­pass, Garmin, Su­unto or the North Star (10) 37 An­cient Greek poly­math, stu­dent of Plato, founder of the Lyceum (9) 38 ‘Di­a­mond City’ in North­ern Cape (9) 41 A bunch or flow­ers; or, with ‘garni’, a bun­dle of herbs (7) 44 __ _ _ _ _ _ War; pe­riod of con­flict in­clud­ing the Charge of the Light Bri­gade (7) 45 Tra­di­tional In­dian greet­ing (7) 46 Civil en­gi­neer ranked as one of the pioneers of rail­way de­vel­op­ment (5) 48 Item on which break­fast/cups of tea may be served in bed (4) 49 __ _ _ _ Campbell; breed of duck from Glouces­ter­shire, kept for eggs (5) 51 Book/greet­ings card with 3D scenes or fig­ures that ap­pear when opened (3-2) 52 An­i­mal known col­lec­tively as a husk (4)

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