A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's
Late Bottled Vintage 1988 Port for the first correct solution opened on 4 September, 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 1223, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL.
The title of a 37D in 33D (by 18D), in which four of the unclued lights appear, is given by combining the remaining two. One light is of two words; in another, ignore an apostrophe.
Name Address Dictionary prizes are sent out by the 'Post-a-Book' service. ACROSS 12 Reorganise disordered 7 What's producer mixed to be 13 Indian in love with mahatma? hyphened) 14 Direct speech (7) c-court (5) 15 Barrel, soft within, swelling and 9 ... into which pass the Ceilin' bursting suddenly (10, two fans? (13, two words) words) 17 Colonist of Roman times (3) 16 Stormy set, the Latin 19 Possibly rated an SI unit of community (7) angle (9) 20 Roman cloaks over officers (4) 25 Argues about parking truck in 22 Drifters in the main North grass (8) London station (7) 27 'andle near the stern (3) 23 Press, good in practice once (4) 28 Solution turns up: one book the 24 Horse boxes gentlemen checked French easily read (7) 26 Learnt, wrestling, about height saying, created afresh (6) 30 Fine English king in command (4)
31 Attention held by Dandy strip Solution to 1220: Stoked? (7, two words)
34 Bones Aeneas solemnly carries westward (4) 36 Ancestor's main settlement (7) 38 Is hot Morocco best for Bedouin? (10) 39 Old tale of gypsy man and kinswoman (7) 40 Acclaim Eisteddfod graduate
41 Many-rooted flower absorbs silly Claudius, not us (10) 42 Letter from aforesaid King Henry (6) 43 Jockey Lester's second, not relaxing (8)
2 Make global existence soft — the hard before (8) 3 Char's out, e.g. working (5) 4 Earnest in uprising so wanting blades (7) 5 Lioness mauled parts of mules?
6 Roman magistrate's cut off one overthrown (6) hothouses (10) broadcast — chatter? (6,
(5) 8 Fine old centre of Vatican (7) 32 Mark Antony's first cracking Six unclued lights were the towns of POTTERIES (11A), called the FIVE TOWNS (41A) in the works of Arnold BENNErr (22D).
First prize: Mrs Hilda Ball, Belfast. Runners-up: Chris Chatwin, Kenil- worth, Warwickshire; M.C.C. Rich, Ripon, N. Yorkshire.