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1953: Problem VIII by Dumpynose

Where ‘Q’ means ‘the number of’:
Q 8 in a 18 x Q 41 in 35D x Q 15
in 29 x Q 33 in a 27 = 1D
(two words).

    AcRoss
 1 Chap beginning to clean a
   chimney (5)
 6 Injection of pink liquid
   suffusing soprano
   (7, hyphened)
11 Sami and his pal line
   dancing (10)
13 Flowering plants Beaucaire
   sprayed (9)
16 Snubbed authoress cages
   independent songbird
   (7, two words)
17 Jumpy Bostonian is fleeing
   tiny Dalek? (7)
19 Sic Oedipus: gutted, nut
   done in (10)
21 Theresa cheers, receiving
   letter (5)
24 ‘Empty Nonsense’ (name
   for book) (4)
28 Lizard chased after
   Virginia (5)
30 Incomparably old hat —          10 South of France upset drip     Name .............................................
   one Dawn sports always             (6)
   (10, three words)               12 Pounded by stormy sea, I       Address..........................................
35 Feed container hog’s head          question boat (6)
   probes from end to end (7)      14 Bill knocked over potato       ........................................................
36 Styrene decomposes last            spray (6)
   (7)                             20 Working hard, a busy office    ........................................................
37 King of Israel game horse          (9)
   carried (4)                     22 Glasses of whisky              ........................................................
38 Free tapestry pinched by           inadequate evangelical
   young socialites (9)               imbibes (6)                    *Email ...........................................
39 Who’ll ape the old bowmen       23 Low quality trifle, girl
   catching fishes? (10)              gobbled (8)
40 Residence houses Chinese        25 Fuss from Afrikaner man
   and German exhibits once           trapped by British ditch (8)   A first prize of £30 for the first
   more (7)                        26 Director’s cockney             correct solution opened on 15
                                      arrogance (6)                  March. There are two runners-
    DoWn                           31 Dragoon in recce round         up prizes of £20 (or, for UK
 2 Asian poisons absorbed by          Barking (6)                    solvers, the latest edition of The
   martial artist (8)              32 Mentally boost pastor with     Chambers Dictionary — ring the
 3 Oriental school you like,          sadly empty church (5)         word ‘Dictionary’). Entries to:
   learner leaves transformed      34 Welshman that’s topped
   (6, hyphened)                                                     Crossword 1953, The Spectator,
                                      Spaniard? (5)
 4 Old PM’s coat alderman                                            22 Old Queen Street, London
   put on earlier (9)                                                SW1H 9HP. Please allow six
 5 Inferior cereal seventh of          You can email Doc, our        weeks for prize delivery.
   packets hide (5)                    crossword editor, at
 6 Blackness Britain dispelled,        puzzler@btinternet.com.
   flying flags (8)
 7 Some local unionists going
   round plant (5)
 9 Hoses hypnotist deployed
   in botanic process (14)



                                     solution to 1950: prank
                                     The four anagrams of LEAPT (35) are lepta (defined as
                                     1A/33), palet (14/7), plate (23/34D) and petal (27/9). LEAPT
                                     was to be shaded. ‘Prank’ is an obsolete word for ‘pleat’.

                                     First prize: Daniel Goldberg, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
                                     Runners-up: Michael Grosvenor Myer, Haddenham, Cambridge;
                                     G.H. Willett, Wimbledon, London

				
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