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Your weekly puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 2 18 11 2 18 9 18 6 14 22 20 24 20 25 16 26 18 13 13 8 13 21 13 6 18 7 14 6 18 22 18 16 13 13 26 26 25 13 16 2 20 24 13 12 19 25 10 12 22 6 18 11 10 14 6 10 13 17 20 12 10 16 22 23 26 13 7 4 6 4 22 20 15 10 13 25 8 10 4 12 21 20 14 1 20 3 7 13 10 16 23 2 11 21 10 16 13 6 18 22 18 12 13 25 6 16 13 18 8 3 6 18 23 13 26 24 6 13 18 5 4 18 26 12 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R I 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. Easy C MAGIC SQUARE EYE OLD ROYAL RADIO 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 6 1 2 3 9 5 7 1 8 2 3 5 4 6 9 8 2 3 9 5 7 6 1 6 8 2 9 5 9 6 7 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: 16 Good; 19 Very Good; 22 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. The name Jennifer is claimed to be derived from the Cornish for which Arthurian name? 2. Which chemical salt can be used as a fertiliser and in making explosives? 3. A Whole New World is a song from which Broadway musical? 4. Bradley Cooper plays Phil Wenneck in which 2009 adult comedy film and its sequels? 5. The Prado is an art museum situated in which European city? U O R H O M O E S 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 1 8 6 7 3 4 2 9 6 4 1 9 2 8 5 4 3 4 1 7 9 5 7 3 6. According to Greek mythology, Medusa was a winged woman with hair made of what? 7. Which classic French sauce is made from egg yolks, olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice? 8. Which republic was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies? 9. What E is the name of a TV detective show and one of Captain Cook’s ships? 10. Which European country is known in its native language as Suomi? VL IA LB RU AE OI EL XL RC AH DE IC KI AU NG LY LM IE ED AG EL Hard S R A A K E B C O S N I P N E 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 3 10 9 7 2 1 1 5 4 12 2 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. It was a live bird not a moment before! (3) 5. Foreign office (6) 7. Confused old chaps with a prehistoric tomb (6) 9. Dismiss a boxer – he will be in the brigade now (11) 10. Mature for three months (6) 11. Excessively inept when leaving poverty line in chaos (6) 13. Stop trying to surrender (4,2) 16. One of the family had new record cut (6) 18. Man of property who is a spy from an eastern country? (6,5) 19. Dance can be repeated (6) 20. Accountant’s on a level with wise man (6) 21. One service (3) 1 9 11 14 17 22 11 7 26 2 23 3 13 11 16 19 2 15 21 3 20 8 12 16 18 21 QUICK CROSSWORD 12 26 3 7 11 14 16 20 DOWN 5 19 8 6 4 17 7 12 1. Disturb fairy coming up with coat (6) 2. Miss available cake (6) 3. Nowadays the rate of currency exchange when it comes to notes is slow (6) 4. Car driver? (6) 6. One who is against joining the union (11) 8. Character with journalists used to produce printed reading matter (11) 10. Drop most of the pudding (3) 12. Evergreen you heard (3) 14. Inuit came in shivering (6) 15. Irishman in a film (6) 16. Pest is leaving subtle difference (6) 17. Catch ten members on strike (6) 4 21 5 8 13 15 18 5 10 20 24 8 6 28 25 SOLUTIONS 27 28 NONAGRAM: euro; hero; hoer; home; homer; homo; horse; hose; hour; house; HOUSEROOM; moor; moose; more; morose; mosh; moue; mouse; mouser; room; rose; roué; rouse; shmo; shoe; shoo; shore; some; sore; sour; sumo. Across – Value; Radii; Liege. Down – Viral; Ledge; Exile. Across – Libra; Check; Medal. Down – Locum; Blend; Alkyl. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Sergeant; 5 Bear; 7 Motorboat; 9 Bead; 10 Ursa; 11 Stars; 14 Crave; 15 Heart; 16 Niece; 17 Parts; 18 Azure; 19 Ember; 22 Odin; 24 Seem; 26 Tall order; 27 Drey; 28 Relative. Down – 1 Snub; 2 Good; 3 Afoot; 4 Tabor; 5 Beau; 6 Repartee; 7 Maladroit; 8 Treasurer; 11 Sense; 12 Acerb; 13 Shear; 14 Cupboard; 20 Molar; 21 Enrol; 23 Navy; 24 Sent; 25 Muse. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 2 Moa; 5 Bureau; 7 Dolmen; 9 Firefighter; 10 Season; 11 Overly; 13 Give up; 16 Nephew; 18 Estate agent; 19 Cancan; 20 Caspar; 21 Ace. Down – 1 Ruffle; 2 Muffin; 3 Adagio; 4 Petrol; 6 Eurosceptic; 8 Letterpress; 10 Sag; 12 Yew; 14 Iceman; 15 Patina; 16 Nuance; 17 Entrap. S E EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – add; divide; subtract; multiply. Total: 8. WORD PYRAMID: Pin back one’s ears. MAGIC SQUARE: road; oily; aloe; dyer. 26 13 U T 25 12 B P 24 11 Y I 23 10 1 9 8 7 3 5 4 2 6 2 7 3 6 9 4 5 8 1 5 6 4 2 8 1 3 9 7 6 4 5 9 7 8 2 1 3 9 3 1 4 6 2 7 5 8 7 8 2 5 1 3 9 6 4 8 2 6 3 4 9 1 7 5 3 1 9 8 5 7 6 4 2 4 5 7 1 2 6 8 3 9 M Z 22 9 N G 21 8 O L 20 7 Q R 19 6 A K 18 5 9 6 3 8 7 5 1 2 4 8 4 2 3 1 9 5 7 6 7 5 1 6 4 2 8 9 3 4 8 6 9 2 1 7 3 5 1 7 5 4 3 6 9 8 2 2 3 9 5 8 7 4 6 1 6 1 8 2 9 4 3 5 7 5 9 4 7 6 3 2 1 8 3 2 7 1 5 8 6 4 9 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU X F 17 4 C W 16 V H 15 D J 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Guinevere; 2 Nitrate; 3 Aladdin; 4 The Hangover; 5 Madrid; 6 Snakes; 7 Mayonnaise; 8 Indonesia; 9 Endeavour; 10 Finland. ACROSS 1. Estrange (anag.) (8) 5. Abide (4) 7. Powered vessel (9) 9. Small ball (4) 10. ---- major, constellation (4) 11. Celebrities (5) 14. Desire (5) 15. Core (5) 16. One of the family (5) 17. Components (5) 18. Bright blue (5) 19. Glowing coal (5) 22. Norse deity (4) 24. Appear (4) 26. Formidable task (4,5) 27. Squirrel’s nest (4) 28. Family member (8) DOWN 1. Rebuff (4) 2. Virtuous (4) 3. Underway (5) 4. Small drum (5) 5. Boyfriend (4) 6. Witty retort (8) 7. Awkward (9) 8. Financial officer (9) 11. Meaning (5) 12. Bitter (5) 13. Remove fleece (5) 14. Closet (8) 20. Tooth (5) 21. Register (5) 23. Fleet (4) 24. Dispatched (4) 25. Ponder (4)

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