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Your weekly puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 15 26 14 22 3 12 22 13 2 1 15 11 8 1 2 1 2 11 26 6 22 10 18 20 3 18 8 12 26 14 11 13 21 4 10 3 22 23 14 1 17 11 21 6 15 1 3 22 3 2 1 18 6 11 9 26 11 18 12 11 19 5 7 10 4 3 10 11 22 11 19 11 18 20 25 13 1 26 2 21 10 2 11 21 25 26 4 10 18 18 16 2 3 4 12 24 17 3 20 6 12 22 1 20 25 3 18 8 11 11 13 11 26 20 11 11 2 1 6 6 20 2 11 6 6 11 21 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 O 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 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. Easy 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R MAGIC SQUARE JURIES USE SKI TREK 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 22 23 24 25 26 L 5 8 9 9 6 8 6 1 2 7 5 7 9 8 9 5 4 3 8 4 2 6 1 1 4 3 7 1 8 6 3 5 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: 19 Good; 22 Very Good; 26 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. Which drink is a combination of gin and Angostura bitters? 2. What is the predominant colour of New York’s licensed taxi cabs? 3. Which country is known as ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’? 4. Which hedgerow tree has flowers known as May blossom? 5. Which hormone promotes a man’s masculine appearance? T E D A U P I T L 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 2 3 5 5 8 2 7 7 1 8 3 1 7 6 5 8 8 3 2 9 4 1 5 3 5 6. Which electronics company was founded by the 21-yearold Alan Sugar in 1968? 7. In 2000, which team did England beat in a home cricket Test series for the first time in 31 years? 8. Which of Gounod’s operas features the Soldiers’ Chorus? 9. Who was the first Roman Catholic president of the US? 10. In The Avengers series of films, who plays Captain America? Hard E SW IP PR EI DG ER IE IA NY OA CT EH TD DL ZA DE YS LO NY KL SY G T N A N L E D A A R J U T 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 8 12 12 4 2 7 3 2 0 2 3 1 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 7 9 11 14 18 22 32 1 24 2 19 ACROSS 1. Trace a viper squirming and act evasively (11) 9. Some more curves to repeat (5) 10. Cut some material for clothing (7) 11. Cajole a helmsman outside (4) 12. For ten years the heritage group has been lacking moral vigour (8) 14. Unusually Simon has time to be deepest (6) 15. Materially it contains bits and pieces (6) 18. Does it only illuminate part of the bend? (3-5) 20. Difficulty with granny, perhaps (4) 22. Order album and leave in pain (7) 23. Appeared with a flower (5) 24. Venomous creature alarms nude having day off (11) 1 7 8 10 17 19 23 29 29 1 24 2 11 2 9 13 25 28 3 13 11 15 22 28 10 12 16 22 3 4 10 17 QUICK CROSSWORD 20 25 15 DOWN 5 26 21 23 20 6 16 2. Call back miracle cure (7) 3. Part of speech proverbially included (4) 4. Dressing-down given to astronauts (6) 5. Shipwrecked actors abroad (8) 6. Back summary of eastern ceasefire (5) 7. Almost in effect (11) 8. Backing a pair of sheep to enter her meeting (3-8) 13. Candidate has parts in a muddle (8) 16. Cake won by Robert the Bruce alongside river (7) 17. Pick a hundred socks with a hole in (6) 19. Short break during the sentence (5) 21. Chorus girl? (4) 4 18 22 21 16 5 8 12 15 26 30 6 13 6 27 7 8 7 14 SOLUTIONS 31 31 NONAGRAM: adieu; adult; altitude; aptitude; audit; auld; dilute; dual; duel; duet; dulia; dupe; duple; duplet; etui; latitude; laud; lieu; lute; luted; pilau; PLATITUDE; plaudit; pula; pule; puled; puli; putt; putted; puttied; taupe; taut; tule; tulip; udal; update; utile. Across – Sprig; Noted; Slyly. Down – Sends; Ritzy; Giddy. Across – Wiped; Yacht; Yonks. Down – Wryly; Pecan; Dates. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 2 Scruple; 7 Vale; 8 Vial; 9 Retrace; 10 Case; 12 Rest; 15 Parts; 17 Animal; 18 Sapper; 19 Linnet; 21 Damage; 22 Livid; 23 Diet; 26 Belt; 28 All-time; 29 Stub; 30 Swab; 31 Serpent. Down – 1 Gala; 2 Sere; 3 Ritual; 4 Plaits; 5 Ever; 6 Jaws; 10 Crawled; 11 Science; 13 Expiate; 14 Torment; 15 Panel; 16 Salad; 20 Tiller; 21 Divide; 24 Iota; 25 Tabs; 26 Best; 27 Lead. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Prevaricate; 9 Recur; 10 Costume; 11 Coax; 12 Decadent; 14 Inmost; 15 Ragbag; 18 Arc-light; 20 Knot; 22 Lumbago; 23 Arose; 24 Rattlesnake. Down – 2 Reclaim; 3 Verb; 4 Rocket; 5 Castaway; 6 Truce; 7 Practically; 8 Get-together; 13 Aspirant; 16 Bannock; 17 Choose; 19 Comma; 21 Dawn. U Y WORD PYRAMID: Adjutant-general. EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – subtract; divide; multiply; add. Total: 4. MAGIC SQUARE: jerk; etui; rues; kiss. 26 13 H C 25 12 K E 24 11 J A 23 10 3 7 1 9 8 6 4 2 5 4 2 9 3 7 5 6 1 8 5 6 8 4 1 2 7 9 3 9 4 5 7 2 8 3 6 1 6 8 3 1 9 4 2 5 7 2 1 7 6 5 3 8 4 9 8 3 2 5 4 9 1 7 6 7 9 4 8 6 1 5 3 2 1 5 6 2 3 7 9 8 4 L Q 22 9 D G 21 8 T F 20 7 V S 19 6 N X 18 5 4 3 7 6 5 8 1 2 9 9 5 2 7 1 4 3 6 8 6 1 8 3 9 2 7 5 4 5 7 6 4 3 9 8 1 2 1 2 9 5 8 7 4 3 6 3 8 4 2 6 1 9 7 5 2 9 1 8 7 6 5 4 3 7 4 5 9 2 3 6 8 1 8 6 3 1 4 5 2 9 7 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU W M 17 4 Z I 16 P R 15 B O 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Pink gin; 2 Yellow; 3 Japan; 4 Hawthorn; 5 Testosterone; 6 Amstrad; 7 The West Indies; 8 Faust; 9 John F. Kennedy; 10 Chris Evans. ACROSS 2. Misgiving (7) 7. Glen (4) 8. Small container (4) 9. Go back over (7) 10. Valise (4) 12. Remainder (4) 15. Components (5) 17. Beast (6) 18. Army engineer (6) 19. Small finch (6) 21. Harm (6) 22. Fuming (5) 23. Food regime (4) 26. Leather strap (4) 28. Record-breaking (3-4) 29. Counterfoil (4) 30. Medical sponge (4) 31. Snake (7) DOWN 1. Fete (4) 2. Withered (4) 3. Ceremonial (6) 4. Braids (6) 5. Always (4) 6. Film about killer shark (4) 10. Crept (7) 11. Field of study (7) 13. Atone for (7) 14. Tease (7) 15. Bordered area (5) 16. Cold vegetable dish (5) 20. Rudder handle (6) 21. Separate (6) 24. Jot (4) 25. Flaps (4) 26. Finest (4) 27. Show the way (4)

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