Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
1 Venetian view painter whose works including A Regatta on the Grand Canal and The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day are currently in an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (9) 6 Eton ____; pudding of whipped cream, broken meringue and strawberries, said to have been invented when a Labrador sat on a pavlova at a school open day (4) 8 Type of plant in the Fabaceae family such as alfalfa, any of the beans, clover, lupin, laburnum or wisteria (6) 13 Author noted for her novels set in Cornwall including Rebecca, Frenchman’s Creek and Castle Dor (2,7) 14 Another name for a diadem; the upper part of a hat, cut gem or a tree; a clasping metal cap for a bottle; or, a stag’s surroyals collectively (5) 15 Aggregate prize money in boxing; a sum of money distributed to the top or highest finishers in a horse race (5) 16 Collection of wires twisted or bonded as a rope; the chain of a ship’s anchor; or, a unit of length equal to one tenth of a nautical mile (5) 17 Type of garden containing at least five apple, pear, cherry, plum or walnut trees, common in Kent, Lanarkshire, Somerset and Worcestershire (7) 18 Imaginary honey-stealing creatures in AA Milne’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, often associated with heffalumps (7) 19 With 27 moons named after characters created by either Alexander Pope or William Shakespeare, the seventh planet from the Sun (6) 21 A capital city, site of the Ostankino Tower, Red Square and the Kremlin (6) 23 Novel by Walter Scott based on the life of the outlaw and later hero known as the Scottish Robin Hood (3,3) 26 Portable motor/propulsion system attached to the stern of a small boat or dinghy such as a Bombard (8) 28 Meaning “naked mountain” in Urdu and dubbed the “man-eater”, one of the Himalayan eight-thousanders (5,6) 31 Army officers below rank of captain, especially second lieutenants (10) 33 Derived from a Greek word meaning “breath, spirit, soul”, the science and study of the mind and behaviour (10) 36 The ______ _____; BBC radio series on which a panel of five experts would answer questions sent in by the audience (6,5) 38 With parkland and gardens largely designed by Capability Brown, a Tudor mansion in Cambridgeshire that was built for Elizabeth I’s Lord High Treasurer (8) 40 Vessel such as the aorta (6) 42 Mexican state, capital Hermosillo (6) 43 Anglo-Saxon kingdom covering the region now known as the Midlands (6) 47 1997 John Woo film starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage (4/3) 49 A sportsman or sportswoman (7) 50 Italian word meaning “sweet” linked with “latte” for a variety of cheese (5) 51 Computer microprocessor company that
employs around 106,000 people (5) 52 An elementary subatomic particle believed to transmit the force binding quarks together in a hadron (5) 53 Science or study of mountains (9) 54 The Comedy of ______; Shakespeare’s play based on mistaken identities (6) 55 Author of Goggle-Eyes, the book that was adapted into a series starring Honeysuckle Weeks (4) 56 Globe _________; thistle species common in walled gardens or large potagers (9)
1 Symbol of medicine derived from the wand carried by Hermes (8) 2 African country, capital Windhoek (7) 3 Type of magnifying glass used by jewellers and horologists (5) 4 The largest satellite of Neptune (6) 5 Giant shell of frozen comet nuclei theorised to envelop the solar system beyond Neptune and the Kuiper Belt (4,5) 6 One of the spellings of a coffee drink flavoured with chocolate syrup/cocoa (10) 7 The _____ in the Stone; T. H. White novel (5) 9 Egg leaf spurge, used in floral arrangements or to line garden paths (9) 10 Parisian street scene artist (7) 11 Of the leaves of an aquatic plant, rising above the surface of the water (6) 12 Former Newsnight presenter who wrote To War with Wellington: From the Peninsula to Waterloo (4) 20 A flat-topped inflorescence of angelica, fennel, parsley or dill (5) 22 Currents of air with speeds measured on the Beaufort scale (5) 23 Automobiles for public streets as opposed to those used for racing (4,4) 24 District in Northamptonshire hosting the grand depart of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in June; site of Charles Spencer’s home Althorp (8) 25 Early type of corset or bodice (5) 27 The dark “core” of a shadow (5) 29 Major habitat such as a forest (5) 30 Japanese unit of area; or, a pressure point in acupuncture or shiatsu (5) 32 Words identifying people or places (5) 34 One of the natural earth pigments (5) 35 Prehistoric monument in Wiltshire (10) 37 German Lutheran pastor who wrote the ”First they came ...” poem or speech (9) 38 Capital of Catalonia; the fictional birthplace of Fawlty Towers character Manuel; or, the title of a single by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé (9) 39 A usually dry salt pan that is Australia’s largest body of salt water when full (4,4) 41 Composer performing at Blenheim Palace this summer, his works include the Blue Notebooks album and interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (7) 44 Nymph who detained Odysseus on her island Ogygia for seven years (7) 45 General Post ______; service officially established by Charles II in 1660 that later became known as the Royal Mail (6) 46 The Cook ______; series where Roger Cook aimed to expose criminal activity (6) 48 Fruits or syconiums related to mulberries, eaten dried or fresh (4) 49 One of the spellings of a reddish-brown pulse used in stews, salads, desserts and dim sum fillings, regarded as the king of beans in Japan (5) 50 One of the three classical orders of ancient Greek architecture with Ionic and Corinthian (5)
Solutions will be given next week. The last date for entries is July 4. The winner of this crossword will be announced on July 14. The winner of the June 16 crossword is Manjusree Kanoth.