2: How Nemo and Dory keep us busy (7)
6: Can you believe that they have a university as well as an incorporation? (8)
12: Destination of an unlikely but really enthusiastic police officer (8)
13: Think blue, yellow and glasses (7)
1: A leonine adaption of Hamlet? (4)
3: Out now – Hollywood’s take on psychoanalysis (6)
4: They came, they melted, they dawned, they drifted and they collided (6)
5: What do they do home alone? (4)
6: The latest of the lot, following in the footsteps of Brave (5)
7: Cuddliest warrior ever (5)
8: If you have one of these, then you’ll really need a training manual (6)
9: But it may melt your heart (6)
10: You’ve seen it in 2016, but it started as a ____ as long ago as 1894 (4)
11: A scientist’s daughter enters the world of tiny creatures who protect the forest (4)
After venting mid-week about tests (of patience) https://tithikatha.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/an-ode-to-the-little-deriders/, I return gladly to tastes of… well, go on, find out. Bon appétit!
1. Take a bite of this and it may appear on your device (5)
2. No time to savour different things? Mix ’em together and drink it (8)
4. Italian, creamy, inverted. (10)
5. Explosion of chocolate on the plate. (4)
6. Many kinds of this; the Swiss one’s particularly popular. (4)
8. It’s the date that makes the pudding so. (6)
11. The key ingredient of marzipan (6)
12. The guise chocolate takes in Easter (4)
14. Difficult to believe that something so healthy can be turned into something as delicious as flapjacks (4)
16. Draw a square. Now divide it into four equal squares. The diagonally opposite smaller squares should be the same. You see where I am going? A town in Germany. (10)
17. The first five letters is an ingredient involved in making this. The last three is another ingredient, but usually absent. (8)
18. Creamy, gooey, sinful. (5)
1. An leg. A glen. A food cake. (5)
2. So popular a kind of cake that a queen lent it her name (6)
3. Three layers? Three kinds of milk? Both? Sorry, I am a bit confused, but milk seems to be the keyword here. (10)
4. Wiki says this is named after a Russian ballerina. Another clue is in the 5 down of the first instalment https://tithikatha.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/cake-crossword-slice-1/. (7)
6. The first 5 is actually a kind of the last 5. Typically white. Typically accompanies fruit cakes. (10)
7. The pie version of this is also a book by PG Wodehouse. (And so happy I am to have been able to bring him in to this!) (4)
9. What it really means is a milk product. The fruit version, however, doesn’t use it but can be more delicious. No? Alright, it’s hidden in the product. (4)
10. Think Christmas. Think trees. Think chocolate. (7)
13. Can mean a number of things, but the Scottish version is the sweetest (6)
15. Comes in so many kinds that it’s difficult to know whether I should mention the savoury or the sweet, the tomato or the caramel… (5)
And finally, what I’ve been talking about:
Get, set, gorge!
1. Little balls of choux pastry filled with crème pat. (Gosh, how knowledgeable that sounds!)
2. If you take away the accent on the last letter of this word, it also means ‘the low sound heard through a stethoscope’!
6. The fairer sibling of the very popular gooey, fudgy, chocolatey dessert.
8. It’s got a chart named after it.
9. Lime is the ___ ingredient of this pie
10. Muffins decide to dress up.
11. When a cuppa and a bite come together…
13. Think almond, think jam, think a town in Derbyshire
1. Brit informal abbrev for these sweet things
2. Scottish, buttery, occasionally millionaires
3. Take 1 across and make it long
4. There’s a New York version, there’s a Philadelphia version
5. Starts airy and ends up crisp
6. When a fruit and a sweet join hands to make a pie
7. Red. ‘Nuff said.
12. What’s common between Snoopy, Brazil and crazy?
And the result…
It’s Agatha Christie’s birthday today! And of course, I am (re)reading one of her books. So what can be a better occasion to quickly make up and upload the second Christie Crossword (the 6-7-8-11 one) I have been planning ever since the first instalment? Happy birthday to her, and good luck to you!
2: At whose hotel did Miss Marple find a case? (7)
5: Approaching zero. (7)
7: It “crack’d”, mind you, not “cracked” (6)
8: How do thumbs signal evil? (8)
9: Address unknown (11)
13: Wherein hides the peril? (8)
14: Poirot solves a murder at express speed (6)
15: His last case (7)
16: Very unlikely place to find a corpse, unless it’s a whodunnit
1: Dash dash the pigeons (8)
3: She’s dead (7)
4: One of the most famous victims of Christie, thanks to the unusual narrative voice (7)
6: Time and place has been fixed. Death will come (11)
10: A Marple case. Inescapable (7)
11: Tommy and Tuppence, the couple in crime (8)
12: After death you have this. After this, you have Poirot (7)
And here is the solution:
I could also call this the 4-5-9-10 crossword, for it only uses words of that many letters from Agatha Christie titles. The fun would be to do this without Google! Here are the clues:
1. A Tommy-Tuppence mystery with two letters
2. Currently celebrating the 63rd year of a record breaking run
5. Poirot in the news/ murder in the __
7. Oh the foolishness of the departed fellow!
9. Describe the cyanide
12. While this lasts, you have a collection of short stories
13. Tommy and Tuppence end their career… And so does Christie, in a way.
15. Who can remember?
16. One, Two…
1. In the beginning, there were ten little niggers; in the end, there were __
3. Be there if you want to catch the 4.50
4. Investigator Parker
6. Why didn’t they ask, wonders a dying man.
7. Tommy-Tuppence again, and this time it’s about a passenger.
8. Mystery at L/ finished with ale
10. The Unexpected causes trouble
11. Poor horse, it was so… But wait, was it about the horse?
14. Here’s your clue/ the train was __
And here’s the solution: