Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
1 20th-century English novelist whose works include The Power and the Glory, The Potting Shed, Travels with My Aunt and the short story Went the Day Well? (6) 4 Rural settlement or community with fictional examples including Ballykissangel, Bramley End, Candleford Green, Dibley, Downton, Glenbogle and Thrush Green (7) 8 With star-shaped azure-blue flowers used to garnish Pimm’s Cup with strawberries, cucumber and mint, a herb related to comfrey, forget-me-not, heliotrope and hound’s tongue (6) 14 __ _ _ _ _ _ History Museum; one of the sites or institutions forming the Albertopolis in South Kensington, London (7) 15 Collection of the charts studied in cartography; one of the mythological Greek Titans; or, the name of a chain of mountains extending through Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia (5) 16 Fizzy __ _ _ _ _ _ drinks; beverages made by Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that cause Charlie and Grandpa Joe to float (7) 17 Kitchen utensils with adjustable blades for tasks including cutting courgettes into ribbons, shredding Brussels sprouts, julienning or finely slicing potatoes for gratin (10) 18 Traditional rope-soled shoe either flat and slip-on or wedged with ankle ties, made by companies including Castañer and Soludos (10) 20 Rising in the Black Forest and flowing to the Black Sea through 10 countries and many cities including Vienna and Belgrade, the second-longest river in Europe (6) 21 French aviation pioneer who, in a monoplane of his own design, made the first heavier-than-air flight across the English Channel (7) 23 One of the earliest counting devices other than using the fingers/digits (6) 28 “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your — you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein in a letter to his son Eduard (7) 30 French lexicographer noted for his Dictionnaire de la langue française (6) 31 __ _ _ _ /Ayers Rock; a landmark in Northern Territory, Australia (5) 34 With styles including guipure and Chantilly, an ornamental type of fabric similar to broderie anglaise (4) 35 Authoress noted for works including Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando A Room of One’s Own and The Waves (5) 36 Nautical command meaning hold fast, stop or cease (5) 37 Known in South Africa as braais, an abbreviation of the casual al fresco gatherings where grilled food is served (4) 41 In mathematical numerical systems, the quantity on which a system of numeration (or of logarithms) is based (5) 42 Musée du ______; Parisian museum that holds the Winged Victory of Samothrace and Mona Lisa (6) 43 Village and ski resort in the Swiss canton of Valais, location of an event forming the Freeride World Tour (7)
46 The ______; period of social events including Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta and the Proms (6) 47 Track-and-field event in which a heavy ball is placed with great force (4,3) 48 Florence ______; vegetable braised or roasted as an accompaniment to fish dishes or used to make soup/velouté (6) 51 The scientific study of trees (10) 54 The transfer of a novel into a film (10) 57 One of the lunar phases (3,4) 58 General name for a drink prepared from pressed fruit or vegetables (5) 59 Poisonous plant related to buttercups, delphiniums and clematis also called monkshood and wolfsbane (7) 60 Second wife of Henry VIII, depicted by Natalie Dormer in The Tudors (6) 61 __ _ _ _ _ _ setter; breed of gun dog (7) 62 Whig prime minister from 1743–54; a type of bit; or, the first name of the author of the Jeeves and Wooster stories (6)
1 The largest of Jupiter’s moons (8) 2 One of the Blackadder co-writers (5) 3 Vessel for travelling along canals (10) 5 First name of Edgar Linton’s sister, abused by husband Heathcliff in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (8) 6 Dutch portrait painter noted for his Windsor Beauties collection/series (4) 7 States of matter such as oxygen or ozone at normal temperatures on Earth (5) 9 Official colour of the university where 27 British prime ministers have been educated (6,4) 10 Poetry collection by Sylvia Plath (5) 11 Bird of prey with keen sight, known collectively as a convocation (5) 12 Full _____; long piece of tartan worn over the shoulder by a Highland piper (5) 13 Item of fishing tackle (5) 19 Word linking with “gros” for a type of ribbon used in millinery for hatbands (5) 22 Eighth parrying position in fencing (6) 24 Breadcrumb-like topping for apple, blackberry or rhubarb compote (7) 25 Gourd related to cucumbers, melons, courgettes, marrows and pumpkins (6) 26 Groups of fish swimming together (7) 27 Trident for catching salmon (7) 29 In Greek mythology, home to Pan (7) 32 __ _ _ _ _ of London; perfumer with two royal warrants, noted for traditional scents such as bluebell and lily-of-the-valley (6) 33 Seven-star asterism in Ursa Major (6) 38 Native British breed of animal written about by Muriel Wace (6,4) 39 Eldest of the four boys in The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (5)