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PLAY our accumulato­r game! Every day this week, solve the crossword to find the letter in the pink circle. On Friday, we’ll provide instructio­ns to submit your five-letter word for your chance to win a luxury Cross pen. UK residents aged 18+, excl NI. Terms apply. Entries cost 50p.


1 A parliament­ary constituen­cy in which the sitting MP has an impregnabl­e majority (4,4) 5 ____ Penrose, actress who played barmaid Gina Ward in Heartbeat (6) 10 Character in the X-Men film series played by Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen (7)

11 2013 novel by Dan Brown that was the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series (7)

12 A bar or rod forming part of a framework (5) 13 Optical instrument that gives magnified images of distant objects (9) 14 Cover of a Bananarama song by Scottish indie band the Bluebells, released in 1984 (5,2,5) 18 Style of documentar­y by filming people as they normally do things (3-2-3-4) 21 To reverse one’s previous action or opinion (4-5)

23 A red powder or cream used as a cosmetic for colouring the cheeks or lips (5)

24 A coarse grass with tough, narrow leaves that is native to Spain and North Africa (7) 25 ____ Castle, ancestral seat of the Duke of Northumber­land (7) 26 Midwestern U.S. state in which Dorothy lives in The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (6) 27 One who deserts and betrays an organisati­on, country or set of principles (8)


1 A usually triangular fried Asian savoury pastry containing spiced vegetables or meat (6) 2 ____ skate, one having a long, narrow blade with a serrated edge at the front (6)

3 A long rounded vegetable covered in seeds that is part of the maize plant (9) 4 Expression meaning ‘entry into an organisati­on at a low level but with future prospects’ (1,4,2,3,4)

6 U.S. funk band whose lead vocalist was

Chaka Khan (5)

7 Rank below sergeant in the British Army (8) 8 A representa­tion of Cupid in a work of art (8) 9 Scottish independen­ce leader played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart (7,7)

15 U.S. theatre director and producer noted for his collaborat­ion with Stephen Sondheim (3,6) 16 Type of cricket delivery in which Jim Laker and Graeme Swann specialise­d (3,5) 17 A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organisati­on (8) 19 Constellat­ion whose name comes from the Latin for ‘charioteer’ (6)

20 A device in a papermakin­g machine for limiting the size of the sheet (6)

22 A large windproof jacket with a hood (5)


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