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Your weekly puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 23 12 26 20 15 4 3 19 26 3 16 3 20 25 26 7 21 16 6 20 8 10 4 2 26 24 15 23 26 20 21 3 23 16 19 24 25 16 23 3 13 21 20 14 10 13 4 7 16 17 16 10 22 16 12 12 18 13 3 23 10 13 16 19 10 13 13 16 23 25 7 6 15 10 8 16 7 13 26 20 15 4 16 19 21 10 25 16 3 9 7 10 17 25 4 11 16 12 17 16 3 16 1 10 8 7 24 16 3 16 25 10 21 7 16 16 25 4 21 16 16 14 16 24 16 5 7 25 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 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 SELECTOR IS DOCILE 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 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 E 7 1 7 1 2 8 5 5 4 9 5 6 4 9 7 1 9 2 6 7 5 3 8 9 8 1 4 6 5 7 1 6 4 13 C 25 26 T 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: 30 Good; 36 Very Good; 42 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 odourless and tasteless substance boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit? 2. What is the French term for a thin clear soup usually made from meat stock? 3. Which Canadian breed of dog is used to rescue people from water? 4. Marylebone Cricket Club is based at which ground? 5. Saoirse Ronan played Jo March in the 2019 remake of which classic film and novel? S A R H C R E O E 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 7 3 6 8 4 5 8 5 1 2 2 4 6 3 7 8 1 5 4 3 4 2 8 3 6 6. The building of the Aswan Dam on the Nile river formed which lake? 7. The kea parrot comes from which country? 8. Which treaty was signed to end the First World War? 9. ‘I need some love like I never needed love before’ is a lyric from which Spice Girls song? 10. Women’s shoes by designer Christian Louboutin have what feature? Hard H BS WA EK AE TR AL IO IH SA OL RG AE ES NI AH RE LT UO TN EA MR T N E F I U Q I T E E U R S 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 10 12 9 3 1 1 5 2 3 1 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 8 9 12 15 19 21 2 11 3 10 13 20 ACROSS 1. Dirty water between Europe and Asia? (5,3) 6. Polish the bare skin (4) 8. Finishing the last part (6) 9. Talk wildly about one main thief (6) 10. Cure fiscal errors for a little entertainment (4,6) 12. Reverse order in heraldic green (6) 14. Doctor moving fuel outside will not pick it up cleanly (6) 15. Once more after being lucky? (6,4) 19. Make known to one in a riotous feast (6) 20. Airborne traveller with a huge bill to face (6) 21. Tenor in group will ignore correction (4) 22. Go with weapon on the toll road (8) 1 8 10 18 20 22 28 11 2 23 12 3 21 24 4 15 16 22 13 17 20 15 QUICK CROSSWORD 4 13 21 29 5 9 13 14 20 DOWN 12 20 6 17 19 7 18 2. Advanced before Easter (4) 3. It is most important for cook to include one (5) 4. Section the Federal agents prepared to surround (7) 5. Jelly-like snake? (5) 6. Man right to have amber flashing outside (7) 7. Now and then completely recovered (8) 11. At home without any money, not having committed offence (8) 13. Serious and stern strangely after a point to begin (7) 14. Waste fried food (7) 16. The man takes most of the tax up to the slave (5) 17. Fit of pique, strangely enough (5) 18. In Elba skinhead will lie out in the sunshine (4) 14 19 5 9 25 15 6 26 16 7 17 27 SOLUTIONS 30 31 NONAGRAM: acer; ache; acre; arch; archer; arco; care; career; carer; carr; carse; case; cash; cease; cere; chaos; char; charr; chase; chaser; cheer; chore; chorea; chose; coarse; coarser; cohere; core; corer; corse; cosh; crash; crease; crore; each; echo; echoer; eschar; oche; ochre; orach; orca; oscar; race; RACEHORSE; racer; reach; research; roach; rosace; scar; scare; scarer; score; scorer; scree; search; searcher; serac; soca. Across – Baker; Sores; Lunar. Down – Basil; Koran; Riser. Across – Sweat; Algae; Totem. Down – Slant; Eight; Therm. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Chaos; 4 Soprano; 8 Collier; 9 Snort; 10 Assay; 13 Toaster; 17 Hen; 18 Gentle; 19 Unable; 20 Ass; 22 Startle; 25 Plate; 28 Brain; 29 Unaware; 30 En masse; 31 Elegy. Down – 1 Cocoa; 2 Atlas; 3 Shiny; 4 Sprite; 5 Pasha; 6 About; 7 Otter; 11 Sweat; 12 After; 14 Onus; 15 Shawl; 16 Eclat; 17 Heal; 21 Seduce; 22 Sabre; 23 Alarm; 24 Tongs; 25 Place; 26 Adage; 27 Enemy. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Black Sea; 6 Buff; 8 Ending; 9 Pirate; 10 Flea circus; 12 Invert; 14 Fumble; 15 Fourth time; 19 Reveal; 20 Toucan; 21 Stet; 22 Turnpike. Down – 2 Lent; 3 Chief; 4 Segment; 5 Aspic; 6 Bertram; 7 Fitfully; 11 Innocent; 13 Earnest; 14 Fritter; 16 Helot; 17 Equip; 18 Bask. O C WORD PYRAMID: First in the queue. EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – add; divide; subtract; multiply. Total: 7. MAGIC SQUARE: rice; idol; cots; else. 26 13 T L 25 12 N 24 W 11 P A 23 10 8 2 6 9 5 4 7 3 1 1 7 9 2 6 3 5 4 8 4 3 5 7 8 1 2 9 6 3 5 4 8 1 7 9 6 2 9 1 2 4 3 6 8 7 5 6 8 7 5 2 9 3 1 4 7 6 8 1 9 5 4 2 3 5 9 3 6 4 2 1 8 7 2 4 1 3 7 8 6 5 9 Y K 22 9 R M 21 8 U I 20 7 D Q 19 6 Z F 18 5 4 7 5 8 9 2 1 3 6 6 9 3 4 7 1 2 8 5 1 8 2 6 5 3 4 7 9 5 6 8 1 4 9 7 2 3 3 1 9 2 6 7 5 4 8 7 2 4 5 3 8 6 9 1 9 5 6 7 8 4 3 1 2 8 4 1 3 2 6 9 5 7 2 3 7 9 1 5 8 6 4 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU V H 17 4 E S 16 G J 15 B X 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Water; 2 Consommé; 3 Newfoundland; 4 Lord’s; 5 Little Women; 6 Lake Nasser; 7 New Zealand; 8 The Treaty of Versailles; 9 2 Become 1; 10 Red soles. ACROSS 1. Pandemonium (5) 4. Female voice (7) 8. Miner (7) 9. Loud exhalation (5) 10. Test metals (5) 13. Kitchen appliance (7) 17. Female fowl (3) 18. Mild (6) 19. Incapable (6) 20. Donkey (3) 22. Shock (7) 25. Leapt (anag.) (5) 28. Seat of intellect (5) 29. Oblivious (7) 30. As a group (2,5) 31. Lament (5) DOWN 1. Bedtime drink (5) 2. Book of maps (5) 3. Glossy (5) 4. Fairy (6) 5. Turkish commander (5) 6. Approximately (5) 7. Aquatic carnivore (5) 11. Perspire (5) 12. Later on (5) 14. Burden (4) 15. Shoulder wrap (5) 16. Brilliant display (5) 17. Cure (4) 21. Lead astray (6) 22. Curved sword (5) 23. Warning device (5) 24. Fireside implement (5) 25. Site (5) 26. Saying (5) 27. Foe (5)

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