Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
1 Nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years, the novelist who wrote A Room with a View, Howards End and A Passage to India (7) 5 Sweetened, fruit-flavoured, Greek- or Swiss-style, a food in its plain form that can be used to age/weather new terracotta pots and planters (6) 8 Wild ______; common name for ramsons, a plant with an unmistakable scent growing abundantly in the UK in shaded, damp woodlands from April onwards (6) 13 A honey farmer/apiculturist (9) 14 Les _____; group/brotherhood of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists that included Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard (5) 15 The Ghost of Thomas _____; novel for children by Penelope Lively (5) 16 South American composer noted for adaptations of the traditional Venezuelan waltz for guitar (5) 17 Bivalve molluscs considered luxury foods, said to be best eaten during months containing the letter ‘R’ when the sea is at its coldest (7) 18 _______ Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Robert Louis Stevenson novella whose title has in part become a synonym for multiple personality disorder (7) 19 Piano ______ No 14 in C Sharp Minor; popularly called Moonlight, one of Beethoven’s best-known piano pieces (6) 20 Sailor hero in the Arabian Nights (6) 22 Leather or wooden device used to fasten a Scout’s neckerchief (6) 25 The Murder at the ________; one of Agatha Christie’s crime novels set in the quaint fictional village St Mary Mead (8) 27 Historically known as Haddingtonshire, Scotland’s sunniest region officially, site of its National Museum of Flight (4,7) 30 Edible algae such as green laver or nori; a foraged food with a plentiful supply along the UK’s coastline (3,7) 32 Conspiracy fabricated by Titus Oates in 1678 resulting in multiple executions (6,4) 35 Latin name of dog’s-tooth violet, a plant with sulphur-yellow flowers related to a species resembling cyclamen (11) 37 A guinea fowl, grouse, partridge, pheasant, quail or woodcock, especially when hunted and shot for food (4,4) 39 Van der ____ ____; Flemish artist whose works include The Descent from the Cross, Beaune Altarpiece (The Last Judgement) and Portrait of a Lady (6) 41 Irish author whose novels include The Country Girls, August Is a Wicked Month and The Light of Evening (1’5) 42 Earthenware pieces placed at the bottom of plant pots to aid drainage or prevent compost from washing away; cups, mugs, plates, bowls etc; or, large jar-like containers for bread (6) 46 Dig for _______; Second World War campaign encouraging people to grow their own vegetables during rationing; or, a word associated with Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 (7) 48 Description of an area densely covered
by buildings; or, according to the British Highway Code, an area where the speed limit of a road is 30mph (5-2) 49 Sun-facing side of a mountainslope (5) 50 Type of plain in Latin America (5) 51 Method of communication in which numbers/letters are represented by dots, dashes and code rhythms (5) 52 Dutch physiologist who invented the first electrocardiograph (ECG) (9) 53 Essential oil distilled from the flowers of the Seville (bitter) orange (6) 54 With a David Austin rose named after her, a horticulturist and former Country Life contributor remembered for collaborations with Sir Edwin Lutyens (6) 55 A character in The Tempest; a moon orbiting the seventh planet from the Sun; or, a British sitcom starring a comedienne of the same name (7)
1 Term for a storyteller such as Aesop (8) 2 Scottish artist appointed George IV’s portrait painter and limner in 1823 (7) 3 Annual event contested between rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge (3,4,4) 4 Landscapist considered the successor to Capability Brown, whose designs include those at the gardens/grounds of Cobham Hall, Dyrham Park, Harewood House and the Longleat estate (6) 5 With the unofficial anthem On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at, ‘God’s Own County’ (9) 6 Soft drink variety and a picnic staple of Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy in The Famous Five books (6,4) 7 Genus of the edible currants (black, white or red) and the gooseberry (5) 9 Inventor of the spinning frame; or, Granville’s uncle in Open All Hours (9) 10 Pertaining to the SI unit of flux ‘lm’ (either spelling accepted) (7) 11 Anne of ______; fourth wife of Henry VIII (6) 12 Abbreviation of amounts equal to 5ml, used as measurements in cookery (4) 21 Situated in Baffin Bay, the secondlargest island of Greenland (5) 22 Author of children’s books including Billionaire Boy and Demon Dentist (8) 23 Hedgerow shrub also known as may (8) 24 First name of one of the Mitford sisters; or, term for the number one (5) 26 Country with a national football team nicknamed the Azzurri (the Blues) (5) 28 Pulley transmitting no power but supporting a moving belt or rope (5) 29 County, site of Tiptree where the rare ‘Little Scarlet’ strawberries grow (5) 31 Khaki cotton twill for trousers (5) 33 Seller of sewing items – buttons, zips, ribbons, items for 34 Down, etc (11) 34 Form of needlework involving stitching pictures, monograms or decorative accents on textiles (10) 36 Device that raises a boat’s hull from the water as its speed increases (9) 37 Chief signet of the Crown on official UK documents, green, blue or scarlet (5,4) 38 Yoga developed by K Pattabhi Jois (8) 40 French term for ‘not in code’ (2,5) 43 Collective noun for a group of travellers; or, a shepherd’s hut-like vehicle depicted in paintings by Munnings (7) 44 Arthurian isle associated with Glastonbury; or, a novel by Anya Seton (6) 45 Person after whom a discovery, place, brand or invention is named (6) 47 Sweet potato-like tubers (4) 48 Type of canal-boat formerly drawn by a draught horse on an adjacent towpath (5) Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is May 23. The winner of this crossword will be announced on June 2. The winner of the May 5 crossword is Rajeev Dudeja, UAE.