CROSSWORD 1205: Like clockwork by Columba
A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on I May, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK solvers, the latest edition of The Chambers Dictionary - ring the word 'Dictionary'). Entries to: Crossword 1205, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC IN 2LL.
The unclued lights are of a kind. Elsewhere ignore one accent.
Dictionary prizes are sent out by the 'Post-a-Book' service.
ACROSS 1 Tory hero Rab stirred Right (8) 6 Tempt Italian in flighty vein (6) 13 Muse during summer at Oxford
14 Check cases of French scholar
15 Blood, say, is awfully crucial to king (10) 16 Watchword — as Goons' lurgy' initially framed by Spike? (7, two words) 20 'Eroine of Ibsen's Scandinavian tales (4) 22 Fruit eater, excited one heading for oranges (7) 23 Old peer's new role (4) 24 Ceilings thus ri*id put over (7) 26, Songbird certainly lives in NZ trees (7) 30 Piece of Tennyson's plaid (4) 31 Snowbirds of Colorado nesting in month with sun (7) 34 Scots save Labour MP (4) 36 Bell, quiet one, on antique watch (7) 38 Painters in oils courts made busy (10) 40 Mineral with uranium found in Harris to the west? (5) 41 Our clan enters explosive series of games (10) 42 Source of danger which hems in sappers (6) DOWN 3 Tipsy clot's imbibed one over the eight? (5) 4 True gripping spirit of queen ...
5 lifted me and crowd she rules
6 Outside temperature Eskimos know by instinct (6) 7 Noble heart of loving lady (6) 8 Drift net brought up gold (5) 9 Wonderful air doxy, 33, affected (13) 10 Fish sailor's caught by working at the reel (13, hyphened) 17 Creek, northbound for example, beginning in Orkney (3) 21 Gang-member runs among insurgent kind (5) 25 Wrestler with muscle in shortened outfit (8)
27 Distinctive doctrine of Paris Match (3)
29 Worthless marksman X (7) 32 Stuff that's embossed, look, with Q inside Q? (6) 33 Knight of Spain with b-bombast (6) 35 Opening speaker (5) 37 Hide a shield (5)
Solution to 1202: Fruitful
Five unclued lights were the bor- oughs of NEW YORK CITY (15D), otherwise known as THE BIG APPLE (7D).
First prize: Alastair Bruce, London SW13. Runners-up: D. R. Holmes, Birmingham; Mrs I. E. Gray, London WC1.