Cross­word and Su­doku brain-teasers.

Friday - - CONTENTS - Di­nesh Ku­mar E.

ACROSS

1 Artist and stained glass de­signer who painted Si­do­nia von Bork 1560, The Be­guil­ing of Mer­lin and The Golden Stairs; one of the last PreRaphaelites (5-5)

6 Fresh, pow­dered, crys­tallised or pre­served in syrup, a spice de­rived from a rhi­zome used to flavour bis­cuits, trea­cle tarts, cakes, cur­ries and sushi (6)

10 Used for top­i­ary, hedg­ing, long­bows and wood­work­ing, a na­tive ev­er­green tree with red ar­ils found in beech wood­lands and church­yards (3)

13 Jacket of a book; the top sheet, blan­ket or quilt of a bed; a place set­ting at a restau­rant ta­ble/for­mal din­ner; or, a thicket used as a shel­ter by game (5)

14 Sharp ridge of rock be­tween glacial val­leys, such as the one link­ing Scot­land’s Càrn Mòr Dearg and Ben Ne­vis (5)

15 An area of rolling chalk hills and wood­lands where much of Mid­somer Mur­ders was filmed; one of the 38 AONBs in Eng­land and Wales (9) 16 Mu­si­cian and hyp­no­tist in Ge­orge du Mau­rier’s 1895 novel Trilby (8)

17 Fore­limb of a whale, seal or tur­tle adapted for swim­ming; a tele­vi­sion se­ries about a dol­phin; a swimfin; or, an arm of a pin­ball ma­chine (7)

18 In­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor and fab­ric de­signer who re­dec­o­rated Clarence House and High­grove for the Prince of Wales (4)

21 English au­thor whose works in­clude the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Good­bye to All That, his­tor­i­cal novel I, Claudius and ex­tended es­say The White God­dess (6)

22 Artist whose The Am­bas­sadors de­picts Jean de Din­teville and Ge­orges de Selve with items in­clud­ing a globe, anamor­phic skull and a lute with a bro­ken string (7)

23 Ab­bre­vi­a­tion of an arts char­ity that awards mask-shaped tro­phies (5)

27 Item as­so­ci­ated with Florence Nightin­gale, founder of mod­ern nurs­ing (4)

29 Al­loy used for fire­places, com­pan­ion sets and Le Creuset cook­ware (4,4) 30 The _______ Pa­tient; Michael On­daatje novel adapted into a film with Ralph Fi­ennes and Juli­ette Binoche (7)

33 From the Ital­ian mean­ing “hunter”, a tomato, rose­mary and gar­lic-based sauce for chicken or rab­bit (10)

34 Toy with a se­ries of cogs for cre­at­ing geo­met­ric pat­terns and de­signs (10)

37 Ro­man name for Odysseus; a poem in blank verse by Al­fred, Lord Ten­nyson; or, a novel by James Joyce (7)

38 Gorge on the Danube with two dams and two hy­dro­elec­tric power plants (4,4)

39 Rugby player who be­came the youngest ever All Black when he played his first in­ter­na­tional in 1994 aged 19 (4)

41 With the cap­i­tal Bei­jing and ruled by em­peror Puyi from 1908-12, the world’s most pop­u­lous coun­try (5)

43 Known as Long­shanks and the Ham­mer of the Scots, son of Henry III who ruled as king from 1272-1307 (6,1)

44 Style of brown leather shoe with a pat­tern of per­fo­ra­tions, orig­i­nally Scot­tish or Ir­ish for out­door wear (6)

49 In den­drochronol­ogy, a part of the cross­sec­tion of a tree trunk rep­re­sent­ing a sin­gle year’s growth; or, an iden­tity tag placed around a bird’s leg (4)

50 The _______ of King Ge­orge; film with an all-star cast in­clud­ing Nigel Hawthorne, He­len Mir­ren and Ian Holm (7)

51 Car­toon­ist whose books in­clude An­gels on Horse­back, A Leg at Each Cor­ner and This De­sir­able Plot (8)

55 Pub­li­ca­tions high­light­ing and com­mem­o­rat­ing a school’s an­nual events, achieve­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties (9)

56 Up-and-_____; a gar­ry­owen in rugby (5)

57 The Sky at _____; as­tron­omy doc­u­men­tary pre­sented by Patrick Moore for more than 50 years (5)

58 English ac­tress whose roles in­clude Anne Bo­leyn in Wolf Hall, the Queen in The Crown and Lis­beth Sa­lan­der in The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web (3)

59 Al­ter­na­tive word for a cat­walk; or, a strip for air­craft to land and take off (6)

60 For­mal parterre con­sist­ing of plants ar­ranged in sym­met­ri­cal pat­terns (4,6)

DOWN

1 Male deer, hares and rab­bits (5)

2 French _______; the Cote d’Azur(7)

3 Berg­amot-flavoured black tea named af­ter the ti­tle of a prime min­is­ter (4,4)

4 Lady ______; Mar­garet At­wood novel (6)

5 Mark­ings on a pea­cock’s tail feath­ers; holes in nee­dles; or, the calm re­gions at the cen­tre of hur­ri­canes or storms (4)

7 Christo­pher Nolan science fic­tion film with Leonardo DiCaprio (9)

8 African coun­try, cap­i­tal Con­akry (6)

9 The ____ Lon­don; May­fair ho­tel renowned for tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea (4)

10 Ri­val/op­po­nent of the Lan­cas­tri­ans dur­ing the Wars of the Roses (7)

11 Set­ting of Thomas Hardy’s nov­els (6)

12 Flower known as a Christ­mas rose (9)

19 Hat tra­di­tion­ally worn at a re­gatta (6)

20 Artist who painted The Starry Night and sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tions of irises (3,4)

21 One of a set of 14 items car­ried in a bag by a cad­die (4,4)

24 Breed of toy dog some­times crossed with a shih tzu (7)

25 Book­seller who took over the ed­i­tor­ship of The New Peer­age from John Al­mon and put his own name to it (7)

26 An­other name for Christ Church, a con­stituent col­lege of Ox­ford (3,5)

28 Ac­tor who starred as Rada­gast in The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney (5)

31 US Gem State bor­dered by the Trea­sure State and the Sil­ver State (5)

32 English rower who won four con­sec­u­tive Olympic gold medals, three of them with Steve Red­grave (7)

35 Type of tiered tower or tem­ple (6)

36 El­e­ment with the sym­bol K (9)

38 Is­land na­tion, cap­i­tal Jakarta (9)

40 Coun­try for­merly called Cey­lon (3,5)

42 Na­tion where goulash orig­i­nated (7)

45 Ac­tor re­mem­bered for Shake­spearean roles as well as films in­clud­ing Arthur and Gandhi (7) 46 Dutch foot­baller who won the Bal­lon d’Or three times in the 1970s (6)

47 Shal­low body of wa­ter sep­a­rated from the sea by a sand bank or co­ral reef (6)

48 Hindi name for In­dia (6)

52 _____ Quar­ter; area in Paris around the Sor­bonne and a se­ries of busy bistros (5)

53 Ger­man word mean­ing over/above; or, a trans­porta­tion net­work com­pany (4)

54 Win­ston Churchill’s deputy who was prime min­is­ter dur­ing the Suez Cri­sis (4) A su­doku grid has a 9x9 grid that is fur­ther sub­di­vided into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve the puz­zle, each of the rows, columns and 3x3 boxes should con­tain all the dig­its from 1 to 9. The so­lu­tion to this puz­zle will be pub­lished in next week’s is­sue. So­lu­tions will be given next week. The last date for en­tries is Jan­uary 1. The win­ner of this cross­word will be an­nounced on Jan­uary 11. The win­ner of the De­cem­ber 14 cross­word is

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