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 Saturday, December 21, 2013

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first published crossword.
(which appeared on 21st December 1913 in the New York World)
(and which was compiled by Arthur Wynne, who was born in Liverpool in 1871)


So today, let's have a crossword!
(sorry, to solve it you'll probably have to print the grid out, so here's a pdf)

Please DON'T post any answers (or blatant hints) in the comments box - they will be deleted.
(although all other comments are welcome)

And if you do manage to solve it, please send me an email with the solution.
(entries remain open for the next week, all over Christmas)





ACROSS
  1 Cattle slobber over underwear, with nothing underneath! (9)
  6 Sob-storey? (4)
10 Spill oil, go home (5)
11 West London under snow (5, 4)
12 Former Euro MP Edward need no longer go (8)
13 Human resources in cash box buzz (6)
15 Starts turning yellow, perhaps hopeful of inhibiting deadly disease (7)
17 Dairy spread heard in aluminium boundary (7)
18 No flop Central line station has atmosphere (3)
19 Fairly untidy light railway (7)
21 Police operation we’re yet to create (3, 4)
23 Searches for topless bus stops (6)
24 Vegetable can find a faster way (8)
27 Zoo beaver? I’m positive (5, 4)
28 Nothing makes mother laugh in Nebraska (5)
29, 26 Carnivore does it around East Ham (4, 4)
30 Walk on hill (East) is a form of punishment (9)

DOWN
  1 Premiere nightspot explains why, say, 3×3 is easier than 12×12 (9,6)
  2 Five English head off for the Oval first, forcing one-way travel (5)
  3 Sign of stinginess? (7)
  4 Eased wonky disruption when peak time trains run (2, 8)
  5 King can turn up to make a pullover (4)
  7 A beginner bubbles air into it (9)
  8 Hallo brat, really shocked near Kensington Gardens (5, 6, 4)
  9 Plane takes 45 minutes to make Channel Island (6)
14 Girl with singer of note at station (10)
16 Bacon uncertainty? Ate too much (6, 3)
20 6 of 1 and half a dozen of the other (6)
22 Raffle held frequently up the junction (7)
25 Cook a pie with animal ingredient (5)
26 See 29 across


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