Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
1 Author whose novels The Comfort of Strangers, Enduring Love, Atonement, On Chesil Beach and The Children Act have been adapted into films (6) 4 Mentioned by Ophelia in Hamlet, violetlike flowers with heart-shaped petals used to mean ‘think of me’, can be crystallised in sugar and used to decorate cakes (7) 8 Spouted vessel in which Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, lapsang souchong and pekoe are traditionally brewed (6) 14 A collective noun for a group/pack of hedgehogs or porcupines (7) 15 Pin used in the traditional pub game that derived from ninepins, originally played with a cheese instead of a ball (7) 16 The _____; book by author of George’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG (5) 17 Style/silhouette of skirt or dress that formed part of Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’, later reinvented by Yves Saint Laurent in his ‘Trapeze’ collection (1-4) 18 Either spelling of a word meaning devoid of or not resembling any Homo Sapiens-like characteristics (7) 19 Japanese dish of seafood, vegetables or seaweed coated in a very light batter and fried until crisp (7) 20 Quintus ______; considered the father of Roman poetry, the author of the epic poem Annales originally in 15 books (6) 22 Giro d’______; bicycle race where the leader of the general classification is identified by a pink jersey, or maglia rosa (6) 23 Traditional piece of furniture that combines a flat surface for writing with various drawers, cubbyholes and sometimes secret compartments (6) 26 Father of Laertes and Ophelia in Hamlet whose notable lines include ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be’ and ‘to thine own self be true’ (8) 28 Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim stage musical that is based on the life of the burlesque entertainer born Rose Louise Hovick in 1914 (5) 29 ___ __ Train Your Dragon; series of 12 books for children by Cressida Cowell with the protagonist Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (3,2) 32 Practice of keeping/breeding birds (10) 34 Archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean north-east of Madagascar, popular as a destination for honeymooners (10) 37 City in ancient Syria on the Orontes River, site of present-day Homs (5) 39 _____ of amends; procedure described in the Defamation Act 1996 enabling a defendant to apologise to the claimant of a libel case to avoid further dispute (5) 40 With young known as kittens, a dreydwelling animal with a red species native to Britain threated by its American cousin (8) 42 Guessing game involving quick thinking in which a player gives a word to which another must find a rhyme (6) 44 From the collective name for the nine deities in Egyptian mythology including Atum, Osiris and Set, a group of nine (6) 45 — chic; eclectic style of interior design combining distressed furniture, cottage,
countryside or vintage styles, antiques and neutral or pastel colours (6) 49 Colour and symbol associated with communism, coincidentally found on the logos of brands including San Pellegrino and Heineken (3,4) 51 Actor noted for his role as Joey in Friends who has taken over as a presenter on Top Gear (2,5) 52 Genoan sauce of pine nuts blended with fresh basil leaves, Parmesan or pecorino cheese, garlic and olive oil (5) 53 Dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt named after the mythological Roman god of the underworld (5) 54 University class where students participate in discussion under the leadership of a professor/lecturer (7) 55 Concierto de Aranjuez composer (7) 56 According to a basic scientific law, ‘______ cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another’ (6) 57 Disc for skimming through the air (7) 58 Capital of New South Wales, site of a famous opera house and Port Jackson (6)
1 Common name for a cartographer (3-5) 2 Total number of books, newspapers or magazines issued at one time (7) 3 One of the body’s talocrural joints (5) 5 People with great sensitivity to the beauty of fine art and nature (9) 6 Scientific study of earthquakes (10) 7 Fruit fit for human consumption such as a Braeburn, Cox or Pink Lady (6,5) 9 In physiology, the term for a person with a tall and lean body shape (9) 10 Genus of flowers including auricula (7) 11 Dutch explorer recognised as the first European to discover New Zealand (6) 12 Latin or genus name for hares (5) 13 Portable shelter used by campers, backpackers, bike tourers and soldiers (4) 21 One of the main islands of Samoa (5) 23 The Last ___ _____; 1991 actioncomedy film starring Bruce Willis (3,5) 24 Italian word used to describe any musician with elite technical skill (8) 25 Animal used in puissance (5) 27 Fruit used to make tapenade (5) 30 The Picture of Dorian Gray author (5) 31 El _____; painting by John Singer Sargent depicting a Spanish dancer (5) 33 Tree-dwelling animal with a black and white coat; one of the biggest primates living in the Madagascan rainforests (6,5) 35 Planet known in Latin as ‘Terra’; or, the underground lair of a fox (5) 36 The Ghost from the — — ; sciencefiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke (5,5) 38 Astronaut who commanded the space mission that enabled him to become the first person to walk on the moon (9) 40 Neolithic settlement on Mainland in the Orkney Islands (5,4) 41 The scientific study of fungi (8) 43 Belgian painter and botanist recognised as one of the greatest botanical illustrators of all time (7) 46 Solid defensive projecting part of a castle in a well-fortified position (7) 47 ______ jump; athletic event sometimes referred to as hop, skip and jump (6) 48 Depicted on the logo of the National Trust, the fruit or seed of the tree with the Latin name Quercus (5) 50 A flower traditionally used as a symbol of love (4) 52 First name of an actor comedian noted for his work with Peter Kay (5)