Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
10 Royal Marines captain who wrote more than 90 books including The Monarch of the Glen (9) 11 Fish usually born in fresh water but which migrates to the sea, served in dishes such as blini, ceviche, gravlax, quiche, sushi, sashimi and teriyaki (6) 12 Fragrant flower in the genus Dianthus; a colour with shades including blush, coral and rose; or, a scarlet jacket worn by some fox-hunters (4) 14 Undergarment resembling a long or knee-length camisole; a pillow case; or, liquefied suspension of clay particles in water used in ceramics and pottery-making (4) 15 Clafoutis-like pudding but with pastry instead of batter; or, a common name for the garden heliotrope (6,3) 16 Former Bath resident noted for novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma who will be depicted on Bank of England polymer £10 notes from September 2017 (6) 17 General name for an artist’s material or art supply such as gouache or a Cotman watercolour; or, an American skewbald or piebald horse (5) 18 With a national capital which is the only one beginning with the letter “Q”, a South American country including the Galápagos Islands (7) 20 Mr. ____ ___; 1977 Electric Light Orchestra song; or, words linked with “thinking” for a form of brainstorming (4,3) 24 Son of a town trumpeter who became one of the main proponents of bel canto; his best-known operas include William Tell, The Thieving Magpie and The Barber of Seville (7) 26 Sample of fabric, wallpaper or carpet, or a collection of such bounded as a book (6) 27 ______ Express; known as “the king of trains and the train of kings” and depicted in a novel by Agatha Christie, a vehicle created by Compagnie Internationale des WagonsLits in 1883 (6) 30 Informal name for a German car such as any of its AMG models (4) 32 Novelist who wrote about an elusive, quick-thinking swordsman and escapeartist in The Scarlet Pimpernel (5) 33 Ease from tension and anxiety through rest, yoga, exercise, mindfulness, deep breathing, meditation etc (10) 35 Popular single by Ellie Goulding on her debut album Lights (6,4) 37 From the name of a wolf in stories by Rudyard Kipling, a symbol of wisdom and leadership in the Cubs division of the Scouting movement (5) 38 Deliciously ____; title of a cookery book by a popular food blogger (4) 39 One of the six platinum-group metals, atomic number 76 (6) 41 French artist whose paintings include The Valpinçon Bather and Madame Moitessier (6) 42 Flower compared to love in a poem by Robert Burns that was recited by the Prince of Wales in a BBC Scotland audio project
(3,4) 45 Earth’s highest mountain (7) 47 Strip of land such as the one dominated by the presence of the Suez Canal (7) 48 Word linking with “shock” for the tremor following an earthquake (5) 52 Scottish town once the centre of the ancient Kingdom of the Picts, where bridie pies/pasties are traditionally made (6) 54 Former Esther Rantzen series (5,4) 56 Description of a beef steak cooked slightly more than one served “bleu” (4) 57 Cloth used in cross-stitch embroidery; or, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi (4) 58 The world’s largest river in terms of the volume of water it carries (6) 59 Coastal village on the Italian Riviera near Genoa, noted for its picturesque yacht-filled harbour (9)
1 One of the types of flower grown by Charlie McCormick in his Dorset garden and one that formed part of Monty Don’s jewel garden (6) 2 Another name for salopettes (3,5) 3 The _____; slang term for HMRC (5) 4 _____ __ of the Lambs; film with Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins based on a novel by Thomas Harris (7) 5 Area of tents, shelters, bivouacs etc, often with a fire at its centre (4) 6 Form of fossilised tree resin used as a gem, believed to have healing powers (5) 7 Italian word for a gem or stone with an incised design (opposite to cameo); or, a printmaking technique (8) 8 Great ____; gorillas, orang-utans and the closest extant relative to humans, chimpanzees and bonobos (4) 9 All hands __ ____; nautical cry (2,4) 13 Theatre district in Manhattan where Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently running four shows simultaneously (8) 19 Holt-dwelling wild animal depicted in a novel by Henry Williamson (5) 21 Verse in the form of a letter (7) 22 Lord ______; The Beano character (6) 23 London district depicted in a television show with Spencer Matthews and Binky Felstead as part of the cast (7) 25 Son of Agamemnon in Greek mythology who committed matricide (7) 28 Pasta-like strands served in ramen (7) 29 Material used for artificial nails (7) 31 French company that makes “Ballon Bleu” and “Baignoire” timepieces (7) 34 City in Fujian Province formerly Amoy, site of the car-free island Gulangyu (6) 36 Artist noted for depictions of the ballet and the Longchamp racecourse (5) 37 Traditional birthstone for Pisces and February; a symbol of sobriety (8) 40 Pen name of Dora Saint, author of the Fairacre and Thrush Green novels (4,4) 43 The Rocky Horror Show character originally played by Richard O’Brien (4,4) 44 Italian river synonymous with the term “point of no return” (7) 46 One of the musical instruments made by Nicolò Amati and del Gesù (6) 49 Greek goddess of peace (6) 50 Dried stalks of grain used to make baskets, boaters and bee skeps (5) 51 Abbreviated name of a county in which Knebworth House is situated (5) 53 Item studied in vexillology (4) 55 Basic unit of matter; a nucleus within a cloud of electrons (4)