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Your puzzle challenge CROSS CODE 7 21 1 11 1 3 1 11 9 19 20 16 22 11 20 20 23 26 11 1 10 26 20 9 7 11 22 23 5 19 7 16 5 25 14 13 8 16 20 9 1 24 1 17 8 23 11 1 11 21 23 22 1 7 7 5 20 6 20 2 1 22 18 23 20 25 9 5 19 5 9 7 9 20 15 7 9 20 5 4 24 7 25 5 9 20 11 23 26 6 25 12 14 19 26 11 21 1 18 11 7 24 23 25 18 20 1 6 26 23 25 7 15 23 22 7 21 1 11 25 23 18 13 9 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 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 UNDER-USED SOPRANO 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 9 10 11 12 13 T 23 24 I 6 9 4 3 8 6 1 3 3 7 2 2 7 4 4 5 6 2 8 6 8 2 3 1 4 6 8 4 9 25 26 N 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: 17 Good; 20 Very Good; 23 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 generic group of trees produces softwood? 2. Who won Best Actress Academy Awards for the films Fargo, Nomadland and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? 3. How many athletics throwing events are included in the modern Olympics? 4. Where might The Chair, Valentine’s and Becher’s Brook be found? 5. The gharial is a mostly aquatic type of which animal? I U I O A T B S M 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 2 7 9 1 8 5 6 5 4 8 6 9 3 7 4 6 1 3 5 7 3 4 6 6. Sandra Oh plays British intelligence agent Eve Polastri in which spy thriller series? 7. What name was given to the Mediterranean region of Algeria infamous for its piracy? 8. In the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado, what was Ko-Ko’s official title? 9. Which town was England’s last possession in France – lost in 1558? 10. A Discovery of Witches is a 2011 historical-fantasy novel by which writer? Hard D GT RA AP EI LD EU RB IO LA AM OI NR DG FS VC OH SE AR EK CE ST S A H O G B L S U O O T T O 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 8 12 7 6 4 10 3 6 2 3 2 1 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 ACROSS 2. Received the present (3) 5. Sound of a bowler’s loud appeal (6) 7. Sea monster concealed bloomer (6) 9. Haggard mine owner (4,7) 10. Obvious statement about rust I’m removing (6) 11. Half chance after endless gin caused sleepy state (6) 13. Rash part of London with complicated maze (6) 16. Eccentrically used this in France to lead astray (6) 18. Do they find no more stars are moving? (11) 19. A measure of whisky labourer found in space station (6) 20. Keen setter’s food? (3,3) 21. Tool a divorcee returns (3) 1 9 11 14 17 22 11 7 26 6 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. Large storage container of course (6) 2. Swindle amount of cash for white mineral (6) 3. I enter vacant room (6) 4. Spread out (6) 6. Quilt from mainland Europe (11) 8. Order Moses first and another ten to appear in old book (11) 10. Extremity getting to the point (3) 12. Preventing inclusion of lady (3) 14. Eccentric found starting handle last Monday (6) 15. A second English degree on elementary life form (6) 16. Calm down, 14 Down shooter had been sawn off (6) 17. Usual way of having trade (6) 4 21 5 8 13 15 18 5 10 20 24 8 6 28 25 SOLUTIONS 27 28 NONAGRAM: about; abut; ambit; AMBITIOUS; ambo; atom; autism; auto; bait; bast; bias; biota; boast; boat; boma; iambus; iota; mast; moat; oast; sabot; sati; soba; soma; stab; stoa; stoma; tabi; tabu; tibia; tosa; tsuba; tuba. Across – Gaped; Laird; Sakes. Down – Gulfs; Prick; Dodos. Across – Trail; Among; Erect. Down – Tease; Above; Light. (2) FIVE ALIVE: (1) QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Subtitle; 5 Hoof; 7 Departure; 9 Glen; 10 Blue; 11 Natal; 14 Raise; 15 Adore; 16 Egret; 17 Guild; 18 Coral; 19 Sloth; 22 Opus; 24 Lord; 26 Sour cream; 27 Lint; 28 Hay fever. Down – 1 Snug; 2 Then; 3 Tiara; 4 Extra; 5 Herb; 6 Foretell; 7 Delicious; 8 Elbow-room; 11 Needs; 12 Torso; 13 Latch; 14 Regional; 20 Lurch; 21 Tarry; 23 Sort; 24 Lane; 25 Dear. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: Across – 2 Get; 5 Outcry; 7 Orchid; 9 King Solomon; 10 Truism; 11 Trance; 13 Eczema; 16 Seduce; 18 Astronomers; 19 Skylab; 20 Hot dog; 21 Axe. Down – 1 Bunker; 2 Gypsum; 3 Toilet; 4 Picnic; 6 Continental; 8 Commandment; 10 Toe; 12 Eve; 14 Cranky; 15 Amoeba; 16 Soothe; 17 Custom. U H EQUALISER: Clockwise from top left – add; subtract; multiply; divide. Total: 9. WORD PYRAMID: Tough as old boots. MAGIC SQUARE: sure; upon; road; ends. 26 13 N J 25 12 W R 24 11 I Q 23 10 6 3 4 2 8 1 9 7 5 2 7 5 9 4 3 1 8 6 8 9 1 5 6 7 4 2 3 7 8 6 3 9 4 2 5 1 1 4 2 7 5 8 3 6 9 3 5 9 1 2 6 7 4 8 9 6 8 4 1 2 5 3 7 5 2 7 8 3 9 6 1 4 4 1 3 6 7 5 8 9 2 D T 22 9 V F 21 8 A O 20 7 C M 19 6 G S 18 5 5 6 7 9 4 3 2 1 8 3 2 8 7 5 1 4 6 9 1 9 4 2 6 8 3 7 5 8 1 6 3 9 5 7 2 4 2 7 3 1 8 4 9 5 6 9 4 5 6 7 2 8 3 1 6 8 2 5 3 9 1 4 7 7 3 9 4 1 6 5 8 2 4 5 1 8 2 7 6 9 3 EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU B K 17 4 P X 16 L Z 15 Y E 14 CROSS CODE 1 2 3 QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Conifers; 2 Frances McDormand; 3 Four; 4 On the Aintree racecourse; 5 Crocodile; 6 Killing Eve; 7 The Barbary Coast; 8 Lord High Executioner; 9 Calais; 10 Deborah Harkness. ACROSS 1. Secondary caption (8) 5. Horse’s foot (4) 7. Act of leaving (9) 9. Scottish valley (4) 10. Sky colour (4) 11. Of birth (5) 14. Lift (5) 15. Worship (5) 16. White heron (5) 17. Organisation (5) 18. ----- reef (5) 19. Laziness (5) 22. Musical work (4) 24. Peer (4) 26. Dairy product (4,5) 27. Wound dressing (4) 28. Seasonal allergy (3,5) DOWN 1. Cosy (4) 2. That time (4) 3. Jewelled headdress (5) 4. Additional (5) 5. Aromatic plant (4) 6. Predict (8) 7. Luscious (9) 8. Space for movement (5-4) 11. Requirements (5) 12. Human trunk (5) 13. Door fastening (5) 14. Related to an area (8) 20. Stumble (5) 21. Linger (5) 23. Type (4) 24. Country road (4) 25. Expensive (4)

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