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Your weekly puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 12 6 23 23 7 12 20 12 8 18 11 24 26 7 20 20 21 18 23 12 20 11 1 23 11 5 7 16 4 7 5 18 22 1 21 10 26 16 22 11 1 16 4 2 7 26 16 7 8 13 18 26 4 18 8 13 24 11 19 12 7 18 4 1 14 9 12 1 7 12 25 18 26 12 7 24 11 20 11 10 26 7 8 20 7 17 6 11 8 19 23 11 13 6 22 3 15 11 1 26 24 1 11 22 11 20 13 16 23 7 7 8 20 23 8 24 7 15 20 7 8 7 9 7 26 20 4 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 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. MAGIC SQUARE HIGHLY SOAPY POLES 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 8 9 10 11 12 13 E 22 23 M 6 3 1 9 9 2 3 6 1 8 6 3 7 1 2 8 9 6 1 4 9 8 1 9 6 5 3 4 7 4 8 6 24 25 26 D 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: 34 Good; 40 Very Good; 47 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 Blue Boy is a painting by which English artist? 2. Which metal is used as a shield against X-rays? 3. After leaving Top Gear, TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson went on to host which motoring series? 4. In a game of tenpin bowling, what is the maximum score a player can achieve? 5. What name is given to the curved surface of a liquid within a container? H E P I P O R C T 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 5 8 7 6 6 1 8 3 3 4 4 8 2 1 7 7 1 5 1 4 9 6 2 5 9 7 6. What P is the title of a 2011 song by Coldplay and a land of luxury and bliss? 7. Ballerina Darcey Bussell appeared as herself in an episode of which BBC TV comedy series? 8. Which animal was formerly known as the camelopard? 9. Sabah and Sarawak formed with other territories to create which country? 10. Who commanded the British garrison during the siege of Mafeking? BH UE RS EK YT Hard E IU IE HO NM AO DI VA LE AG EN MK EN NU DS UE ES L C A A A L N S W E T S I 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 9 4 5 2 7 2 4 8 8 2 6 3 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 ACROSS 2 19 1. Convenient, say, to be in headgear when at a disadvantage (11) 9. Picture fashionable clique (5) 10. Again retrospective artist falls (7) 11. Confined to the house – or flat at the top? (4) 12. All right, quite satisfactory (4,4) 14. Neal is upset when it’s salty (6) 15. Fish from Scottish island ate up all but head (6) 18. Art never worried the publican (8) 20. A cat has the smallest part (4) 22. Unleavened food made from grass and soap (7) 23. Stick at the crease (5) 24. Screw in camera he’d adjusted (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. Soccer club magazine (7) 3. Time for something to eat (4) 4. Tropic’s evil influence that can spread rapidly (6) 5. Puts play out about an Australian native (8) 6. Raise the spirits of English dead (5) 7. Princess’s place in arrangement (11) 8. Remembers what the visiting baby-sitter does (5,2,4) 13. Intrude in French vehicle going round centre of Paris (8) 16. Girl rented it, and I have a key (7) 17. Free to buy back (6) 19. He may make his mark in different places when floating (5) 21. Sailor joins Edward in retirement (4) 4 18 22 21 16 5 8 12 15 26 30 6 13 6 27 7 8 7 14 SOLUTIONS 31 31 NONAGRAM: chip; chipper; chirp; chop; chopper; choppier; cipher; cope; coper; copier; copper; copter; crept; crop; ephor; epic; epoch; hipper; hippo; hope; hoper; hopper; optic; pepo; peptic; perch; peri; perp; pert; phot; photic; picot; pier; pipe; piper; pitch; pitcher; pith; poet; poetic; pope; porch; pore; port; pother; prep; price; prop; prophet; PROPHETIC; repot; repp; ripe; rope; thorp; thrip; tipper; tope; toper; topi; topic; topper; trip; tripe; trope; trophic; tropic. Across – Beret; Naive; Ensue. Down – Binge; Reins; Theme. Across – Husky; Modal; Nudes. Down – Human; Sided; Yolks. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 2 Succeed; 7 Hare; 8 Exit; 9 Acreage; 10 Rear; 12 Dent; 15 Rusts; 17 Sirius; 18 Stereo; 19 Dodges; 21 Artist; 22 Study; 23 Ewer; 26 Crop; 28 Amenity; 29 Hiss; 30 Apex; 31 Pattern. Down – 1 Take; 2 Sear; 3 Circus; 4 Exalts; 5 Deed; 6 Kiln; 10 Residue; 11 Abridge; 13 Earlier; 14 Two-step; 15 Rules; 16 Story; 20 Street; 21 Advise; 24 Writ; 25 Rasp; 26 Cyan; 27 Obey. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Handicapped; 9 Inset; 10 Niagara; 11 Pent; 12 Very well; 14 Saline; 15 Mullet; 18 Taverner; 20 Atom; 22 Oatcake; 23 Baton; 24 Archimedean. Down – 2 Arsenal; 3 Date; 4 Cancer; 5 Platypus; 6 Elate; 7 Disposition; 8 Calls to mind; 13 Encroach; 16 Letitia; 17 Redeem; 19 Voter; 21 Abed. N I EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – multiply; subtract; add; divide. Total: 3. WORD PYRAMID: Clean as a whistle. MAGIC SQUARE: gosh; oily; slap; hype. 26 13 P S 25 12 D A 24 11 G K 23 10 5 8 7 2 1 3 4 6 9 6 1 4 8 9 7 2 5 3 3 2 9 6 4 5 1 8 7 4 6 3 7 5 2 8 9 1 9 5 2 3 8 1 6 7 4 8 7 1 9 6 4 5 3 2 7 3 8 1 2 6 9 4 5 1 9 5 4 7 8 3 2 6 2 4 6 5 3 9 7 1 8 M V 22 9 W L 21 8 T E 20 7 Y U 19 6 O Z 18 5 6 3 5 2 7 1 8 4 9 9 8 2 5 4 3 6 1 7 4 7 1 8 9 6 2 5 3 8 1 6 9 5 7 4 3 2 3 4 7 1 2 8 5 9 6 5 2 9 6 3 4 1 7 8 2 6 3 4 1 9 7 8 5 1 9 8 7 6 5 3 2 4 7 5 4 3 8 2 9 6 1 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU Q H 17 4 C J 16 B F 15 X R 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Thomas Gainsborough; 2 Lead; 3 The Grand Tour; 4 300 points; 5 Meniscus; 6 Paradise; 7 The Vicar of Dibley; 8 Giraffe; 9 Malaysia; 10 Robert Baden-Powell. ACROSS 2. Reach a goal (7) 7. Greyhound lure (4) 8. Way out (4) 9. Land area (7) 10. Raise (4) 12. Small hollow (4) 15. Corrodes (5) 17. Dogstar (6) 18. Two-channel (6) 19. Evades (6) 21. Creative person (6) 22. Apply the mind (5) 23. Large jug (4) 26. Harvest (4) 28. Facility (7) 29. Snake’s sound (4) 30. Peak (4) 31. Artistic design (7) DOWN 1. Capture (4) 2. Scorch (4) 3. Travelling show (6) 4. Glorifies (6) 5. Act (4) 6. Pottery oven (4) 10. Remainder (7) 11. Shorten (7) 13. Sooner (7) 14. Ballroom dance (3-4) 15. Governs (5) 16. Tale (5) 20. Road (6) 21. Counsel (6) 24. Legal paper (4) 25. Coarse file (4) 26. Printer’s blue (4) 27. Comply (4)

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