Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
1 With William Henry Fox Talbot’s former abbey and home at its heart, a National Trust village in Wiltshire, where scenes from Cranford, Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey were filmed (6) 4 Cloth with a number of culinary uses including making bouquet garnis, straining jellies/jams/cheeses and filtering stocks or consommés (6) 8 Royal _______; founded by Robert Boyle, Sir Christopher Wren and others and granted a royal charter by Charles II, the UK’s national science academy (7) 13 Town in Fife that is home to Scotland’s oldest university (2,7) 14 Cottage garden perennial plant with spikes of flowers in all colours growing in all parts of the world, notably the shores of Lake Tekapo in New Zealand (5) 15 A person who participates in an outdoor water sport involving oaring or sculling, either competitively at a regatta, or just for recreation (5) 16 Person skilled in a trade that involves making things by hand, such as bread, jewellery, cheese, decorative arts, marbled paper, stationery etc. (7) 17 Cave-dwelling being depicted in fairy tales, folklore and mythology as a giant or a dwarf; or, a person who deliberately tries to cause trouble on the internet (5) 18 Organised ensembles of singers; groups of instruments of the same family playing together; or, sets of strings for harpsichords (6) 20 Containing the world’s longest river, the largest hot desert and home to the biggest land mammal, the second-largest continent on Earth (6) 22 Nut-like kernel eaten roasted and smoked as a snack or ground in korma, romesco sauce or cakes containing lemon and polenta (6) 24 With the chief town Brno, the eastern part of the Czech Republic with Silesia (7) 26 Iconic landmark in Canada that was the world’s tallest self-supporting man-made structure from 1974-2010 (1,1,5) 28 Meaning ‘style’ in Dutch, the art movement founded by Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian (2,5) 29 Word appended to the surname of the senior of two brothers at the same school for boys; or, a rank above captain (5) 31 An enclosure for rearing the game birds known collectively as a bouquet, brace, covey, fesynes and nide (10) 33 Ducks from Buckinghamshire (10) 36 Enid Blyton’s Toyland character with a friend called Big Ears (5) 38 Prime minister ‘HH’ who introduced pensions and social insurance reforms (7) 40 Course of treatment – diet, exercise, medication, lifestyle changes etc. (7) 41 In agriculture, the process of preparing land for growing crops (7) 43 Known as the father of modern vaccines, one of three scientists who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954 (6)
44 Latin word for swan; or, the constellation containing Deneb (6) 48 Edited by Kate Reardon, the monthly magazine issued since 1901 with the annual ‘Little Black Book’ list (6) 50 Shot to start a point in tennis (5) 51 Vehicle of the Nasa Space Shuttle with a pressurised crew compartment (7) 54 Lord __ _ _ _-Powell; founder of the movement with the motto ‘Be Prepared’ who wrote the nonsense song Ging Gang Goolie (5) 55 Group of olive or orange trees (5) 56 Walter Isaacson’s biography about the late Apple Inc. co-founder that was adapted by Danny Boyle as a film (5,4) 57 Island at the southernmost point of Iceland formed by volcanic eruptions (7) 58 1905 novel by Bram Stoker (3,3) 59 Race for money contributed by the owners of the horses running (6)
1 Abbreviated name of the opera house in Milan where Bellini, Puccini, Verdi and other composers first had their works performed (2,5) 2 Book division; period in history/life; or, a Roman numeral on a clock/watch face (7) 3 Ciphers cracked by cryptographers (5) 5 In meteorology, word used to describe weather conditions liable to change (9) 6 Non-hearting Italian leaf vegetable also called red coral lettuce (5,5) 7 Country between China and India with the capital Kathmandu, site of eight out of the 10 highest peaks in the world (5) 8 Word linking with sub, super or hyper for a speed ratio with a Mach number (5) 9 Type of map representing statistical data in diagrammatic form (9) 10 One of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ (6,1) 11 Traditional Mongolian tent (4) 12 Symbolising enduring friendship, loyalty and honour, a floral symbol of China with plum blossom (5) 19 Lead guitarist of the Beatles (8) 21 Seaport off the Solent that hosts an annual regatta – a highlight of the British sporting summer following Glorious Goodwood (5) 23 Lace or lacy-paper type of mat that can be used for crafting activities (5) 24 Fruit tree eaten by silkworms (8) 25 Provençal dip of salt cod, poaching milk, parsley-infused olive oil and garlic (8) 26 Traditional Sicilian aubergine stew (8) 27 Scottish river; or, a woven textile (5) 30 Large bowl for tea or punch (5) 32 Picasso’s second wife Jacqueline; or, an American version of croquet (5) 34 Vehicle for traveling over dunes and beaches; or, one steered with a kite (5) 35 Largest natural lake in England (10) 37 Horses aged between one and two (9) 39 Peach-coloured diamond in the Louvre; or, a name for the hydrangea (9) 42 Hero’s drowned lover in Greek myth (7) 45 A system of interconnected computer devices; or, another name for a plexus (7) 46 Fruit formed from a group of flowers, such as a pineapple, fig or one that grows on the tree described in 24D (7) 47 Shady place under trees; a country cottage/summerhouse; or, a boudoir (5) 49 Game based on scoring tries (5) 50 Mammal known as an ermine with its white winter coat (5) 52 Naval port in Brittany that hosts an annual maritime festival (5) 53 Bird related to the spoonbill (4) Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is June 13. The winner of this crossword will be announced on June 23. The winner of the May 26 crossword is M. Shahul Hameed.