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Your weekly puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 8 7 4 17 4 10 3 9 7 6 2 5 4 2 4 2 10 2 23 18 4 1 25 2 23 4 23 13 13 21 2 9 16 23 13 4 2 21 8 24 26 16 15 3 6 15 2 18 1 11 3 21 6 1 4 24 4 23 13 25 16 18 2 25 13 19 18 10 10 4 7 2 1 1 16 2 10 10 10 11 4 4 7 23 13 4 12 3 12 3 22 14 8 4 2 7 21 6 2 21 20 16 4 4 25 6 2 15 18 4 23 21 2 21 4 10 13 8 4 2 13 21 4 4 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 A M T 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 ANNOTATE ALL SOLOS 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 7 3 6 9 7 1 2 3 7 8 3 1 2 5 6 5 4 3 2 9 6 8 4 4 6 7 8 9 2 6 3 6 9 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: 12 Good; 14 Very Good; 17 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. What D is a district in the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church? 2. In Johannes Vermeer’s painting Girl With a Pearl Earring, what colour headscarf is the girl wearing? 3. The right to keep and bear arms is protected in which amendment to the US constitution? 4. Who created the comic strip Peanuts? 5. Christopher Sly, a drunken peddler, is a minor character in which Shakespeare play? D I E A F T S I S 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. 3 8 5 6 5 3 4 1 7 2 3 9 7 1 9 8 2 8 2 4 1 9 8 6 6. From 1985 to 1998, Noel Edmonds hosted which quiz show concerning TV programmes? 7. Cindy Williams, Mel Healy, Laura Dunn and Jane Collins were all married to which TV soap character? 8. Brothers Jonny and Colin Greenwood are members of which English rock band? 9. Who was Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in 2013? 10. The noted historian Hugh Trevor- Roper was famously taken in by which hoax? WORD PYRAMID FIVE ALIVE Hard T SC RE EA AL MS HI TL WU GA DN OD EM RE OM NE PK AS TG ER NA TY E E F F H E T T A L O W E V 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 2 10 3 5 2 5 5 7 5 2 3 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. To try our new puzzle, Zygolex, go to www.zygolex.com © Sirius Media Services Ltd CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 1 9 11 14 20 22 11 2 13 15 ACROSS 1. Did not allow free speech (7) 8. High-level post (7) 9. Either way it is a tonic (7) 10. Attractive – but only partly successful? (7) 11. I arrange serial for Middle Easterner (7) 12. Clothes not required for evening (3-4) 14. Old railway contender more easily excited (7) 18. Kate and Co could have included a biscuit (7) 20. Non-intellectual removing bowl with loud noise (7) 21. I retain remarkable sluggishness (7) 22. Brief reference that it’s not mine surprisingly (7) 23. Injured leg once in Scottish valley (7) 1 8 12 18 26 29 21 2 16 19 13 3 13 3 11 20 28 17 9 4 8 10 12 16 18 21 23 QUICK CROSSWORD 21 25 14 DOWN 5 19 10 6 17 18 1. Light wind first? Then this shouldn’t be needed! (9,4) 2. Hollow warning to sailors (6) 3. Riverside reception (5) 4. Remarkable draw at home in Australia (6) 5. Cutting back on parental guidance when admitting arrest (7) 6. Sign of defiance by a Liberal having our bravery (6) 7. Sportsman aggressive but completely shattered (4,2,3,4) 13. Attack artist’s identity after song (3-4) 15. Move film backwards about section of the band (6) 16. Arguing while in a boat? (6) 17. Pole in charge of the cement (6) 19. Put me next to the subject (5) 4 8 10 14 17 22 22 27 30 5 23 15 6 24 26 7 7 25 SOLUTIONS 31 32 NONAGRAM: daft; deaf; deft; fade; fast; fasted; fate; fated; feast; feat; fess; feta; fetid; fiat; fideist; fiesta; fist; fisted; safe; safest; SATISFIED; seif; sift; sifted. Across – Seals; Gnome; Agent. Down – Sigma; Atone; Swept. Across – Cream; Adder; Stray. Down – Chaos; Elder; Murky. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Socket; 4 Aboard; 8 Ponies; 10 Behave; 11 Reset; 12 Orange; 14 Alcove; 16 Says; 17 Tern; 19 Fact; 22 Face; 26 Pillar; 27 Orkney; 28 Nixon; 29 Unesco; 30 Titbit; 31 Evenly; 32 Gamete. Down – 1 Syphon; 2 Canvas; 3 Energy; 5 Beetle; 6 Amazon; 7 Deepen; 9 Sees; 10 Beat; 13 Natal; 15 Crack; 18 Spouse; 19 Fleece; 20 Cancel; 21 Trio; 22 Foot; 23 Arnica; 24 Enable; 25 Myrtle. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Heckled; 8 Airmail; 9 Reviver; 10 Winsome; 11 Israeli; 12 Non-iron; 14 Nervier; 18 Oatcake; 20 Lowbrow; 21 Inertia; 22 Mention; 23 Glencoe. Down – 1 Hurricane lamp; 2 Cavern; 3 Levee; 4 Darwin; 5 Pruning; 6 Valour; 7 Blue in the face; 13 Air-raid; 15 Rewind; 16 Rowing; 17 Mastic; 19 Theme. B T EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – add; divide; multiply; subtract. Total: 4. WORD PYRAMID: Have two left feet. MAGIC SQUARE: also; lean; salt; onto. 26 13 C Y 25 12 W F 24 11 S L 23 10 3 7 2 1 8 4 9 6 5 1 5 4 6 9 7 2 3 8 9 6 8 2 5 3 4 7 1 5 8 9 7 6 2 1 4 3 2 4 1 5 3 8 7 9 6 6 3 7 4 1 9 5 8 2 7 9 5 8 2 6 3 1 4 4 2 6 3 7 1 8 5 9 8 1 3 9 4 5 6 2 7 G P 22 9 R H 21 8 Q D 20 7 K M 19 6 I Z 18 5 2 7 8 5 1 6 3 9 4 3 6 9 7 8 4 2 5 1 4 1 5 2 9 3 7 8 6 8 9 3 1 4 7 6 2 5 6 5 4 3 2 9 8 1 7 1 2 7 6 5 8 4 3 9 5 3 1 4 6 2 9 7 8 9 4 2 8 7 1 5 6 3 7 8 6 9 3 5 1 4 2 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU V E 17 4 U O 16 X A 15 J N 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Diocese; 2 Blue; 3 2nd Amendment; 4 Charles Schulz; 5 The Taming of the Shrew; 6 Telly Addicts; 7 Ian Beale; 8 Radiohead; 9 Beatrix; 10 The Hitler Diaries. ACROSS 1. Hollow receptacle (6) 4. On a ship (6) 8. Small horses (6) 10. Conduct oneself (6) 11. Readjust (5) 12. Citrus fruit (6) 14. Recess (6) 16. Utters (4) 17. Sea swallow (4) 19. Truth (4) 22. Aspect (4) 26. Column (6) 27. Scottish island group (6) 28. Former US president (5) 29. International agency (abbrev.) (6) 30. Tasty morsel (6) 31. Smoothly (6) 32. Germ cell (6) DOWN 1. Tube (6) 2. Tent fabric (6) 3. Vigour (6) 5. Scurrying insect (6) 6. Female warrior (6) 7. Intensify (6) 9. Views (4) 10. Pulse (4) 13. Of birth (5) 15. Fracture (5) 18. Marriage partner (6) 19. Sheepskin (6) 20. Call off (6) 21. Threesome (4) 22. Twelve inches (4) 23. Natural bruise treatment (6) 24. Make possible (6) 25. Evergreen shrub (6)

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