Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
1 Painter of princes, hunts, battles, nudes, mythological and religious scenes __ _ _ _ _ his works include Venus and Adonis, The Tiger Hunt, The Great Last Judgement and The Triumph of Henry IV (6) 4 Roman general who played a part in the naval victories over Mark Antony; he was a close friend, son-in-law and adviser of Octavian (later Augustus) (7) 8 Alfresco meal traditionally served from a hamper; or, linked with ‘loaf’, a bloomer or cob with various fillings to be shared between a group at such a meal (6) 14 County where the Duchess of Cambridge was born, site of Ascot, Bucklebury, Newbury, Pangbourne, Windsor Castle and the Great Park (9) 15 Movement(s) coordinated by a choreographer; or, an actor who starred in Alien 3, Gosford Park, The Imitation Game and Game of Thrones (5) 16 With an English species, the ox-eye, marguerite and gerbera, a wild flower used to make chains and crowns, said to symbolise innocence, purity and new beginnings (5) 17 Romanian-French Absurdist playwright who wrote about characters Mr and Mrs Smith in The Bald Soprano and Bérenger in Rhinoceros (7) 18 __ _ _ _ running; sport/exercise taken in the great outdoors rather than on tarmac, roads or artificial tracks (5) 19 Actor born Norma Jeane Mortenson; or, the fifth US president, one of the founding fathers (6) 21 With an English breed, an Irish breed and a black and tan breed named after a Duke of Gordon, an active, charismatic gun dog with a keen game sense (6) 23 ______ of Friends; book by Maeve Binchy that was made into a film starring Chris O’Donnell and Colin Firth (6) 25 A couplet; or, pair of verse lines (7) 27 French word for an ornamental kitchen garden – a plot of vegetable plants interspersed with herbs, lavender, roses, fruit trees, dwarf box, Jerusalem artichokes and the like (7) 29 Skill of riding horses; an Olympic sport that combines showjumping, dressage and cross-country (13) 31 King for less than a year as he stepped down to marry Wallis Simpson; the only British sovereign to abdicate voluntarily (6,1,1,1,1) 33 Oval-shaped fruit used canned, straight from the vine or in the form of passata for Bolognese sauce, pizza topping or ragù for pappardelle (4,6) 36 Form of sedimentary rock quarried in Dorset that has been used for buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace (8,5) 39 County, site of Sandringham House and Cromer (where Arthur Conan Doyle is said to have conceived the idea for The Hound of the Baskervilles) (7) 40 Composer of the libretti for Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte (2,5)
42 Facial area prone to puffiness as a result of fatigue, age, salt excess (6) 43 Dutch graphic artist whose works include Day and Night, Drawing Hands and Ascending and Descending (6) 47 Businessman who established a store in Knightsbridge with a gourmet food hall and signature green bags (6) 49 Alternative strategy; or, an album by Huey Lewis and the News (4,1) 50 Mythological beast; a supporter with a golden lion on the Royal Arms (7) 53 Russian city formerly Vyatka (5) 54 Collar style, not crew or scoop (1-4) 55 Driving at or above max rpm (9) 56 Pinking______; sewing/crafting tool (6) 57 Absence of law or government (7) 58 Miss ______; musical based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly (6)
1 Animals depicted in literature by Richard Adams, Beatrix Potter, Alison Uttley, Margery Williams and others (7) 2 Member of an order, not of the peerage or knightage, but an entirely separate dignity of their own (7) 3 Shapes/forms of meringue to be filled with summer berries and fresh cream (5) 5 Short name of a major disaster that occurred in London in 1666 (5,4) 6 Bottle-shaped device for increasing shoulder strength/flexibility (6,4) 7 Board forming part of a triptych (5) 9 Country with the capital Jakarta (9) 10 The capital of Kenya (7) 11 Low sandy islets or coral reefs (4) 12 Variety of French mustard (5) 13 Word linking with ‘work’ for cooperation between humans (4) 20 The national emblem of Ireland (8) 22 Mountain of the Bernese Alps with a north face nicknamed ‘murder wall’ (5) 24 Tripod for a canvas or a sketchbook (5) 25 City in North Rhine-Westphalia, one of Germany’s first brewing centres (8) 26 Depicted in memoirs by Peter Mayle and later a mini-series starring John Thaw, a region of France with a lavender season between June and August (8) 27 Swimmerets of crabs and lobsters (8) 28 __ _ _ _ of London; fortress that will fall if its guardian ravens ever leave, according to legend (5) 30 The US Gem State (5) 32 Children, descendants or progeny; or a publication forming part of a series; (5) 34 Rootstock of a species of iris (5) 35 Another name for a funambulist (4-6) 37 British brand of off-road and 4x4 vehicles that includes the Defender and Discovery and Freelander (4,5) 38 Scottish capital; the world’s first city with an organised fire service (9) 41 Type of grassy biome growing in all continents apart from Antarctica (7) 44 Fitness, dance, movement and hula performed with a plastic band (7) 45 Physicist who discovered X-rays (7) 46 Managed by the Landmark Trust, an island in the Bristol Channel noted for bird life including puffins (5) 48 Symbolising love and peace, a bird that can be kept in a cote (4) 49 Mythological Greek physician; or, a lyric to Apollo or Artemis (5) 51 ‘White Isle’ forming part of the Balearics with a popular club scene (5) 52 Runners designed to be worn with bindings, boots and salopettes (4)
Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is June 6. The winner of this crossword will be announced on June 16. The winner of the May 19 crossword is Olivia Rodrigues, UAE.