Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
1 Artist born in Florence of American parents whose paintings include Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, Morning Walk, Portrait of Madame X, An Out-of-Doors Study and Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (7) 5 With a fragrance strongest at night and blossoms used to scent a variety of China tea, a flower symbolising love and beauty; the national flower of Pakistan (7) 9 Known as La Ville Lumière (City of Light), one of the world’s big four fashion capitals, where the final stage of the annual Tour de France takes place (5) 12 Food derived from nectar collected by bees of plants including lavender, orange blossom, sweet clover, Scottish heather, sunflower and French chestnut (5) 13 With daughters including Hygieia and Panacea and often depicted with a serpententwined staff, the Greek god of healing, a son of Apollo and Coronis (9) 14 Television personality known as the Crocodile Hunter who was killed by a stingray during the filming of an underwater scene for Ocean’s Deadliest (5) 15 Associated with the sailors’ initiation rite and ceremony known as crossing the line, the imaginary band in the region where sunsets and sunrises occur fastest on Earth (7) 16 First name of the Royal Academy of Music-trained singer-songwriter born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 (5) 17 Victorian art critic whose teaching collection (including his study of a kingfisher) can be viewed at the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum (6) 19 Grounds, land, outbuildings and cottages of a large country house (6) 21 Measured by use of an altimeter, a climb to the summit of a mountain (6) 23 A long or extendible chair for relaxing poolside or in the garden (7) 25 Light stock or broth thickened with blond roux; one of Auguste Escoffier’s five ‘mother sauces’ (7) 27 ___ ____ the Madding Crowd; Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novel about the heroine Bathsheba Everdene (3,4) 28 Grooves in tyre treads to improve grip and traction in wet or icy conditions, also found on the soles of boat shoes (5) 30 A representative body for solicitors in England and Wales (3,7) 31 English computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web (7-3) 34 Greek storyteller known for fables that usually end with a moral, such as slow and steady wins the race or one good turn deserves another (5) 36 The Garden of _______ Delights; Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych interpreted by some as his depiction of the fate of humanity (7) 37 The smallest of the Nordic countries, capital Copenhagen (7) 38 A diplomatic mission (7) 40 Common name of a herbaceous plant in the genus named after Achilles that was traditionally used to treat external wounds on the skin (6)
42 Nickname of Jan Brueghel the Elder, creator of The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man with Peter Paul Rubens (6) 46 Shapes into which box trees (Buxus) can be clipped in topiary; or, threedimensional models of Earth (6) 48 Jardins du Château de _____; 17thcentury château and Italian style-garden between Caen and Bayeux in France (5) 49 __ _ _ _ _ _ makes the heart grow fonder, according to a proverb (7) 52 Stock market _____; Dow Jones, FTSE 100 or Nikkei 225 for example (5) 53 Point on a tennis racket that produces the best bounce with minimal effort; or, a form of training in an endurance sport such as cycling (5,4) 54 Marsupial native to Australia (5) 55 Traffic _____; visual cues illustrated and explained in The Highway Code (5) 56 Style of Indian maxi skirt (7) 57 Area of London depicted in a soap opera for the past 32 years (4,3)
1 Chemist who discovered oxygen but was pipped at the post by Joseph Priestley in publishing the findings (7) 2 Make of car featured in the advert with characters Papa and Nicole (7) 3 Largest Arab country, capital Cairo (5) 4 Large vessel with a tap for serving hot beverages to a crowd (3,3) 5 Professional riders depicted in Jilly Cooper’s latest novel, Mount (7) 6 Cabbage variety; or, a neckline style (10) 7 Mythological Greek king bound to a fiery wheel for attempting to seduce Hera (5) 8 Depicted in 13 Minutes, a carpenter who attempted to assassinate Hitler (5) 9 Mega-predators of the Jurassic sea; a 155-million-year-old fossilised skull of which was found in Dorset in 2009 (9) 10 With 10.3 million Twitter followers, the author of the Harry Potter books (7) 11 Granular material in an hourglass (4) 18 Extinct giant deer with great 12ft-wide antlers (5,3) 20 Cornish city with a direct rail connection to London Paddington (5) 22 The craft of lathework (7) 23 Soft drink mixed in a St Clements (8) 24 Manner or style of giving a speech; or, the bowling of a cricket ball (8) 25 Settlements usually bigger than hamlets but smaller than towns (8) 26 Grassy areas for croquet or kubb (5) 27 Charles Darwin’s captain on HMS Beagle who founded the Met Office (7) 29 The capital of the Balearic Islands (5) 32 Series of mountains or hills; or, a type of stove such as an Aga (5) 33 __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Farmhouse; Bloomsbury Group’s country retreat in East Sussex (10) 35 Pillar-shaped structures introduced to Britain by Anthony Trollope in 1853 (9) 39 British _______; traditional tag-based game for beach, field or large garden (7) 41 Ancient Greek sanctuary in Elis where a series of games was held in honour of Zeus (7) 43 Denoting something of quality from the past (7) 44 __ _ _ _ _ _ of Avon; Shakespeare (3,4) 45 Conductor who is joining the London Symphony Orchestra as its music director this year (6) 47 Fibre used for natural floorings (5) 48 Tree species known as the mother (or queen) of the woods (5) 50 Bill _____; character in Oliver Twist (5) 51 Hummus, guacamole, taramasalata etc. for grissini, crisps or crudités (4)
Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is June 20. The winner of this crossword will be announced on June 30. The winner of the June 2 crossword is Akriti Jain.