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Your weekly puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 1 5 22 20 7 13 10 4 25 24 13 7 22 22 3 20 11 26 20 23 8 15 13 7 3 11 11 17 8 13 20 4 10 22 21 11 5 16 26 11 1 22 24 13 1 3 22 21 17 18 18 22 10 10 22 23 22 13 1 6 17 13 7 10 1 22 12 2 22 8 8 3 11 18 13 18 11 2 22 18 15 11 10 20 18 9 18 22 8 18 13 22 3 22 24 8 23 15 13 10 7 14 26 1 11 8 17 19 22 22 22 13 3 22 12 1 22 1 5 22 10 1 16 8 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R O 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Each number in our Cross Code grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid, then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of letters as you identify them. MAGIC SQUARE REPAIRS SMALL POEM Using all 16 letters of the phrase above, form four words each of four letters which will fit in the grid to form a magic square in which the words can be read both horizontally and vertically. SUDOKU Easy T 4 2 1 8 6 8 4 5 3 2 3 9 8 1 7 6 9 8 3 8 5 4 1 4 9 7 2 7 3 8 6 4 5 3 NONAGRAM How many words of four letters or more can you make from this Nonagram? Each word must use the central letter, and each letter may be used only once. At least one word using all nine letters can be found. Guidelines: 38 Good; 46 Very Good; 53 Excellent. Any word found in the Concise Oxford Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is eligible with the following exceptions: proper nouns; plural nouns, pronouns and possessives; third person singular verbs; hyphenated words; contractions and abbreviations; vulgar slang words; variant spellings of the same word (where another variant is also eligible). Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. Quiz Challenge 1. In which film, based on an Agatha Christie novel, did Sean Connery play Colonel Arbuthnot? 2. The forces of which country besieged Vienna in 1529? 3. The mythological gods Helios, Sol and Ra are all personifications of which object? 4. Which cartoon character has a boss called Charles Montgomery Burns? 5. The world’s largest royal palace can be found in which city? S A D E B O R I D WORD PYRAMID Spell out a 15-letter word or phrase by moving from one chamber to another within the pyramid. You may only enter each of the chambers once and may only proceed through openings in the walls. The first letter may appear in any chamber. FIVE ALIVE 9 4 2 5 7 3 8 1 6 3 5 5 8 7 4 1 6 8 4 2 5 6 1 8 9 6. Comedian Lenny Henry was married to which other comedian for 25 years? 7. The climax of the Hitchcock film North by Northwest featured which American mountain? 8. A damson is a type of what foodstuff? 9. Which Aaron Copland composition became a hit for Emerson, Lake and Palmer? 10. Who became King of England after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485? MR IA DF AL EM EU AO ME RA NE LG EI LC AT MS EO YL EI AE GR NE Hard I Y L G C L O N A C L O O R H Here are two miniature fivesquare crosswords using the same grid – but the letters have been mixed up. You have to work out which letters belong to which crossword. EQUALISER 6 9 4 1 3 3 5 10 3 1 11 2 Place the four signs (add, subtract, multiply, divide) one in each circle so that the total of each across and down line is the same. Perform the first calculation in each line first and ignore the mathematical law which says you should always perform division and multiplication before addition and subtraction. This puzzle page is supplied by Sirius Media Services Ltd. To try our new puzzle, Zygolex, go to www.zygolex.com © Sirius Media Services Ltd CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 1 5 9 11 10 13 20 19 1 9 14 18 2 13 6 ACROSS 2. Almost bankrupt public transport (3) 5. Writhe violently and dry up (6) 7. Rogues found in the pack (6) 9. Trip in the dark (5,6) 10. Odds on inexperienced beginner having to fall in an ungainly fashion (6) 11. Confused Ron with cob or another horse (6) 13. Timid little fellow caught by a surprise attack (6) 16. Organize a lottery held by fanatic (6) 18. Making understood when returning in one’s car (7,4) 19. Charge exorbitantly for warm jacket (6) 20. Response to a news broadcast is right (6) 21. Stocking filler (3) 1 8 12 18 26 29 21 2 16 19 13 3 13 3 11 20 28 2 15 21 9 8 12 16 18 21 QUICK CROSSWORD 21 25 3 7 11 14 16 20 DOWN 5 19 8 6 4 17 7 12 1. Steal a child while asleep? (6) 2. Inhuman description, but about right for Capone (6) 3. Blue area of research in space station (6) 4. The man caught in charge rushed (6) 6. Like a bird soaring when in an elated state (4,2,1,4) 8. Move along with successors accepting tool from Germanic people (5-6) 10. Pa’s going round health resort (3) 12. At first there’s nothing but grass (3) 14. Time-consuming, like a violin perhaps (6) 15. Speak rubbish about Verdi being a Liberal (6) 16. One cannot go straight along this path (6) 17. Key cricketer (6) 4 8 10 14 17 22 22 27 30 5 23 15 6 24 26 7 25 SOLUTIONS 31 32 NONAGRAM: abed; abide; abided; abode; adobe; adsorb; adsorbed; baddie; bade; bard; barded; bardo; bare; bared; base; based; baser; bead; bear; beard; bedad; bias; biased; bidder; bide; bided; bier; bird; biro; boar; board; boarded; bode; boded; bodied; bora; bore; bored; boride; brad; brae; braid; braided; braise; braised; bread; bred; bride; brio; brisé; broad; BROADSIDE; brose; debar; debris; desorb; disbar; disrobe; disrobed; dobra; drab; isobar; rabid; rabies; rebid; ribose; roadbed; robe; robed; sabre; seabird; sidebar; SIDEBOARD; soba; sober; sorb. Across – Madam; Angel; Yearn. Down – Meaty; Dogma; Melon. Across – Rifle; Relic; Liege. Down – Rural; False; Emcee. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 System; 4 Massif; 8 Unable; 10 Labour; 11 Angel; 12 Orchid; 14 Senile; 16 Hers; 17 Said; 19 Post; 22 Ogre; 26 Crater; 27 Beetle; 28 Rosin; 29 Ensued; 30 Tedium; 31 Sonnet; 32 Damson. Down – 1 Stupor; 2 Search; 3 Eclair; 5 Azalea; 6 Stolid; 7 Ferret; 9 Ends; 10 Less; 13 Helot; 15 Nitre; 18 Access; 19 Parson; 20 Serene; 21 Trod; 22 Obit; 23 Genera; 24 Ethics; 25 Sermon. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 2 Bus; 5 Wither; 7 Knaves; 9 Night flight; 10 Sprawl; 11 Bronco; 13 Afraid; 16 Zealot; 18 Driving home; 19 Fleece; 20 Answer; 21 Leg. Down – 1 Kidnap; 2 Brutal; 3 Skylab; 4 Hectic; 6 High as a kite; 8 Anglo-Saxons; 10 Spa; 12 Oat; 14 Fiddly; 15 Drivel; 16 Zigzag; 17 Opener. U A EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – multiply; add; divide; subtract. Total: 7. WORD PYRAMID: Chronologically. MAGIC SQUARE: Alps; lore; pram; semi. 26 13 Q X 25 12 G O 24 11 V R 23 10 6 8 9 4 7 2 3 1 5 1 4 2 3 6 5 9 8 7 3 7 5 9 8 1 2 4 6 4 9 6 1 3 7 8 5 2 2 5 3 8 9 6 1 7 4 8 1 7 5 2 4 6 9 3 7 3 1 6 5 8 4 2 9 5 6 4 2 1 9 7 3 8 9 2 8 7 4 3 5 6 1 E W 22 9 B S 21 8 N M 20 7 Z J 19 6 T D 18 5 4 2 9 1 8 3 5 7 6 8 6 1 4 7 5 3 2 9 5 7 3 9 2 6 1 4 8 1 9 7 8 3 4 2 6 5 2 5 4 7 6 1 9 8 3 3 8 6 5 9 2 4 1 7 6 1 8 3 4 9 7 5 2 7 3 5 2 1 8 6 9 4 9 4 2 6 5 7 8 3 1 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU I K 17 4 Y P 16 H C 15 F L 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Murder on the Orient Express; 2 Turkey; 3 The Sun; 4 Homer Simpson; 5 Beijing; 6 Dawn French; 7 Mount Rushmore; 8 Plum; 9 Fanfare for the Common Man; 10 Henry VII. ACROSS 1. Plan of action (6) 4. Mountainous area (6) 8. Incapable (6) 10. Toil (6) 11. Heavenly messenger (5) 12. Tropical plant (6) 14. Mentally infirm with age (6) 16. Possessive of she (4) 17. Uttered (4) 19. Mail (4) 22. Man-eating monster (4) 26. Shell hole (6) 27. Insect (6) 28. Irons (anag.) (5) 29. Resulted (6) 30. Boredom (6) 31. Short poem (6) 32. Small plum (6) DOWN 1. Daze (6) 2. Seek (6) 3. Cream cake (6) 5. Deciduous shrub (6) 6. Impassive (6) 7. Polecat (6) 9. Concludes (4) 10. In smaller quantity (4) 13. Serf (5) 15. Saltpetre (5) 18. Entrance (6) 19. Clergyman (6) 20. Calm (6) 21. Stepped (4) 22. Notice of death (4) 23. Varieties (6) 24. Moral values (6) 25. Religious address (6)

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