Time to steal a quiet moment and flex your brain with Friday’s puzzle pages
Crossword and sudoku brain-teasers.
1 Actor remembered for Shakespearean roles including Hamlet, Lear and Richard II and for films including Oh! What a Lovely War, Gandhi and The Power of One (7) 5 Artist in the Pre-Raphaelite style whose paintings include Lady Godiva, Tannhäuser In the Venusberg, The Sleeping Beauty and The Amber Necklace (7) 9_ _ _ _ _ beans; legumes seasonal in British gardens in the summer months at the same time as asparagus, courgettes, peas, spinach and strawberries (5) 12 Noted for concepts including “will to power” and Übermensch” (superman), the philosopher who said: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” (9) 13 Cabinetmaker whose pieces form a proportion of the furniture collection at Dumfries House (approximately 10 per cent of his surviving work) (11) 14 Species of banana plant also called Manila hemp, used in the production of speciality paper and tea bags (5) 15 Botanists who cultivate or study the flowers used as floral emblems of countries including Belize, Colombia, Singapore and Venezuela (10) 16 The Goose That Laid the Golden ____; Aesop’s fable based on greed (4) 18 Name by which Siddhartha Gautama is generally known (6) 19 Italian province in Emilia-Romagna noted for its culinary specialities including cheese, bocca di dama (lemon and almond cake) and violet candies (5) 20 Gaius Julius ______; Roman general said to be represented as the king of diamonds in a deck of playing cards (6) 24 Round the Island ____; the Isle of Wight’s annual one-day yachting event (4) 26 Nickname of the landscape architect Lancelot Brown, whose successor is generally regarded to be Humphry Repton (10) 28 Gem with saltwater Akoya varieties extracted from oysters and freshwater varieties collected from mussels (5) 32 Kentish hens with buff, lavender, blue, white or black plumage (10) 33 Genre of sc-fi film or novel such as the Star Wars franchise or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series (5,5) 35 Author of the Campus Trilogy (5) 36 System of shock absorbers connecting the body of a vehicle to its wheels (10) 37 Farm where horses are bred (4) 39 ____ __ Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag; First World War anthem (4,2) 41 Author who wrote the Rescuers series of novels for children (5) 43 Film-maker of the French New Wave noted for his Six Moral Tales series (6) 48 Gemstone graded on pattern, clarity, transparency and play-of-colour (4) 49 Confectionery with a gourmet brand selling flavours including blueberry, green tea, watermelon and wild blackberry (5,5) 50 Baked food such as sourdough, broken as a tradition when sharing supper with others (5) 53 Latin phrase used in law meaning
“retrospective” (2,4,5) 54 Type of instrumental ensemble usually directed by a 44 Down (9) 55 General name for a garden seat with a traditional wooden design named after its creator Edwin Lutyens (5) 56 Actor whose television roles have included Wolfie Smith in Citizen Smith and Ben Harper in My Family (7) 57 Scientific study of life on Earth (7)
1 Birth city of Christopher Columbus after which a fruit cake is named (5) 2 One of the four main gemstones (7) 3 Traditional Andalusian tomato, pepper and cucumber soup served chilled (8) 4 The ______; nickname of W. G. Grace (6) 5 City and Unesco World Heritage Site in the Andes, southern Ecuador (6) 6 Compound produced in the body which is responsible for the burning sensation in muscles during intense exercise (6,4) 7 Metal in the platinum group; the seconddensest element after osmium (7) 8 Places plants into larger vessels (6) 9 Late author who wrote the Paddington Bear series of books (4) 10 Citrus fruits served in segments with watercress, artichoke hearts, mint, fennel, feta etc, or used to make the preserve enjoyed by the character invented by the author described in 9 Down (7) 11 Welsh _______; bucolic item of furniture (7) 17 A species of wild flower; one of the rabbits in Watership Down; or, the filmmaker noted for The Piano (7) 18 Countryside bird hunting at night and dusk that can eat a mouse in one (4,3) 21 The _______ Cat; short story by Rudyard Kipling about a polo match (7) 22 Resort on the Côte d’Azur that hosts an annual film festival along the Croisette (6) 23 Novelist who wrote V (7) 25 Roman god of love (5) 27 Term for the weight carried by a horse as a handicap in a race (6) 29 __ _ _ _ Provocateur; lingerie company co-founded by Joseph Corré, the son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, with his wife Serena Rees (5) 30 __ _ _ _ _ _ Club; founded on the Tideway in 1818, a rowing club with members originally hailed as “the Brilliants” (7) 31 The _______; painting by JeanFrançois Millet in the Musée d’Orsay (7) 34 Items attached to the tails of horses or ponies to signal they kick (3,7) 38 Traditional Mexican hat (8) 39 Saying studied in paremiology (7) 40 Traction device attached to footwear for scaling icy rocks, crossing glaciers, ascending snow slopes and climbing frozen waterfalls (7) 42 Instrument related to the tuba (7) 44 Title for a distinguished conductor (7) 45 Singer who won male artist of the year at the 2005 Classic Brit Awards (6) 46 Author whose Le Morte d’Arthur was reworked with illustrations by artist Aubrey Beardsley (6) 47 Personification of the female soul depicted as a woman with butterfly wings; an allegory of her love for 25 Down or Eros is told in Metamorphoses (6) 51 — of an Ordinary Woman; novel by Georgy Girl author Margaret Forster (5) 52 Acronym used in a personal ad to describe a jovial person (1,1,1,1)