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Your puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 10 1 15 14 1 19 4 17 10 6 1 4 1 17 21 17 9 9 1 17 13 26 25 24 1 19 16 1 19 5 15 2 10 23 17 15 2 16 19 1 6 9 20 4 15 3 9 1 1 5 17 10 9 19 25 21 9 12 1 19 17 15 7 25 12 12 1 4 16 22 14 25 19 1 4 1 19 17 14 15 15 26 21 11 9 9 4 17 19 8 18 17 6 12 25 17 21 9 18 17 21 17 21 17 15 3 2 18 1 14 1 25 10 1 14 15 26 19 19 1 21 4 1 19 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 M 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 A R 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 SEEK A SMALL TARTAN 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 5 1 3 6 2 4 8 3 6 4 5 9 1 6 3 4 8 2 9 7 6 3 5 9 1 6 9 5 6 2 4 8 9 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. On the periodic table, what is the lightest solid element? 2. For the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast, John Legend duetted on the title track with which female singer? 3. What is the capital of Croatia? 4. Where did Sir Billy Butlin open his first seaside holiday camp in 1936? 5. Which controversial film starred Brooke Shields in the role of a 12-year-old prostitute? F O P T H I C R K 8 9 4 6 5 7 3 1 2 5 4 6 7 5 7 3 9 2 2 8 1 6 5 8 9 6. Which freshwater fish takes its name from its long whisker-like barbels? 7. Liverpool Football Club player Mohamed Salah comes from which country? 8. In England and Wales, which professional body regulates the conduct of solicitors? 9. Which British prime minister shared his name with a type of travel bag? 10. The EOKA movement engaged in guerrilla warfare during the 1950s in which former British colony? 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 JA AF OD EO DT WU MU OI AL LE EM OR TN RE GP AO DP OR SA IE NR Hard L L L T I A I T S T E V A E R 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 8 8 2 6 3 4 4 4 6 5 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 7 9 13 16 21 24 10 17 23 2 23 11 10 ACROSS 1. Only abandons exactly what one deserves (4,7) 7. State that friendship is a grave disaster (8) 8. Run swiftly in trial of speed (4) 9. Hold on to a strong position (4) 11. According to the poem is obstinately disobedient (8) 13. Having arrived far off – below (5) 14. Beer that is way out (5) 16. Suddenly appearing to be swallowed up in an area of medical specialisation (8) 18. Debauchee’s garden tool (4) 21. Dull and monotonous return for poet (4) 22. Remove from Diana’s abode (8) 23. Atrocity of nine houses crumbling by the point (11) 1 9 11 14 17 22 11 7 26 2 23 3 20 11 16 19 11 15 22 3 20 4 15 QUICK CROSSWORD 12 26 13 15 16 DOWN 12 14 20 5 8 18 19 6 7 12 1. Double up on sailor with weapon (9) 2. Ointment needed by a small number during the auction (5) 3. Same again, a Middle Eastern roof? (4) 4. One posing as a babyminder (6) 5. Person who causes anguish to people between the rocky heights (9) 6. The ones in suits (4) 10. Pig trader upset with seasonal occupant of peartree (9) 12. In the centre met someone coming between courses (9) 15. I’d go in another colour (6) 17. Signify another name (4) 19. Reduce what a sailor consumed (5) 20. Turn up in outsize clothing for work (4) 4 21 5 8 13 15 18 5 10 20 24 8 6 28 25 SOLUTIONS 27 28 NONAGRAM: chip; chirp; chit; choir; chop; firth; fitch; forth; froth; hick; hock; hoick; hoki; ichor; itch; kith; phot; photic; pitch; PITCHFORK; pith; porch; rhotic; rich; thick; thicko; thorp; thrip; tich; torch; trophic. Across – Jaded; Lemon; Poser. Down – Julep; Dumps; Donor. Across – Afoot; Alert; Drain. Down – Award; Omega; Titan. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Spectral; 5 Load; 7 Brimstone; 9 Khan; 10 Snob; 11 Maths; 14 Chase; 15 Agree; 16 Drill; 17 Siege; 18 Anvil; 19 Ahead; 22 Eels; 24 Knob; 26 Easy-going; 27 Cane; 28 Negative. Down – 1 Sulk; 2 Corn; 3 Rumba; 4 Latch; 5 Lens; 6 Dumb-bell; 7 Bagatelle; 8 Engraving; 11 Medea; 12 Twine; 13 Salad; 14 Cosmetic; 20 Haydn; 21 Along; 23 Sake; 24 Knot; 25 Bode. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Just deserts; 7 Calamity; 8 Race; 9 Keep; 11 Perverse; 13 Infra; 14 Stout; 16 Emergent; 18 Rake; 21 Bard; 22 Displace; 23 Heinousness. Down – 1 Jackknife; 2 Salve; 3 Dome; 4 Sitter; 5 Tormentor; 6 Aces; 10 Partridge; 12 Entremets; 15 Indigo; 17 Mean; 19 Abate; 20 Opus. U Q EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – divide; add; subtract; multiply. Total: 10. WORD PYRAMID: Save it till later. MAGIC SQUARE: malt; area; lens; task. 26 13 I P 25 12 V F 24 11 K Y 23 10 5 1 6 4 7 8 2 3 9 8 4 3 1 9 2 6 5 7 7 2 9 3 6 5 4 1 8 9 7 2 5 1 4 8 6 3 1 3 4 8 2 6 7 9 5 6 8 5 7 3 9 1 2 4 2 6 7 9 8 3 5 4 1 4 9 1 2 5 7 3 8 6 3 5 8 6 4 1 9 7 2 X O 22 9 N J 21 8 L Z 20 7 R W 19 6 B M 18 5 5 1 9 3 6 7 2 4 8 8 2 7 4 9 1 3 5 6 3 6 4 8 5 2 9 1 7 9 5 6 1 3 4 8 7 2 2 8 1 9 7 6 4 3 5 7 4 3 2 8 5 6 9 1 1 7 8 6 4 9 5 2 3 6 9 2 5 1 3 7 8 4 4 3 5 7 2 8 1 6 9 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU A D 17 4 G H 16 S C 15 T E 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Lithium; 2 Ariana Grande; 3 Zagreb; 4 Skegness, Lincolnshire; 5 Pretty Baby; 6 Catfish; 7 Egypt; 8 The Law Society; 9 Gladstone; 10 Cyprus. ACROSS 1. Ghostly (8) 5. Burden (4) 7. Sulphur (9) 9. Imran ----, cricketer and politician (4) 10. Prig (4) 11. School subject (abbrev.) (5) 14. Pursue (5) 15. Concur (5) 16. Military training (5) 17. Blockade (5) 18. Blacksmith’s block (5) 19. In advance (5) 22. Slippery fishes (4) 24. Handle (4) 26. Placid (4-5) 27. Walking-stick (4) 28. Pessimistic (8) DOWN 1. Be in a huff (4) 2. Wheat (4) 3. Cuban dance (5) 4. Door fastening (5) 5. Optical device (4) 6. Exercise weight (4-4) 7. Table game (9) 8. Etching (9) 11. Greek sorceress (5) 12. String (5) 13. Cold vegetable dish (5) 14. Decorative (8) 20. Austrian composer (5) 21. Beside (5) 23. Rice wine (4) 24. Tangle (4) 25. Portend (4)

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