NI Prize Crossword

CRYPTIC

*Across*

1 Translation of The Mission (oriental cut) has huge following in Japan (9)

6 Given Asian capital, is on top of the world? (5)

9 Make bisexual chap turn and run west of 17a (5,6)

10 Enthusiasm to find a place to live in India (3)

11 They initially gathered on the Hungarian side (5)

12 I am warier after rejection of porcelain out of Japanese port (5,4)

13 No British return after 51 hit skinhead in Portuguese city (6)

15 Suspends tea holding here in Hunan province (8)

17 Surprise expressed by rector, Hindu deity embraced in part of Botswana (8)

19 Moneys required in Arabia: set back about a year, needs Saudi capital (6)

23 Marched around Norway with English fellow, about to make port (9)

24 Rouge unattractive to many after French left Indo-China? (5)

26 Wrong to return to strategic Serbian site (3)

27 Rose from N England’s from Sinatra clan originally (11)

28 Alabama, Missouri and Mexico’s claim in Texas (5)

29 Fat men in Paris, half-filled with large smorgasbord from here, perhaps (9)

*Down*

1 African state of independence, abandoning French water by the gallon (7)

2 Turkish city’s one zone with German support (5)

3 Heard a Spanish separatist’s splitting to somewhere in Mexico (7)

4 Peninsula belonging to part of Russia needs Poles to withdraw (6)

5 West to attend party on island city in Japan (8)

6 Four in S Africa, all up from the Baltic (7)

7 Aeneas, eg, a wandering soul of the Mediterranean? (6,3)

8 Crippled girl about to walk in Spain (7)

14 Californian lake where aluminium heaps are dumped in the main (6,3)

16 European forest occupiers of garden nests (8)

17 Potassium scent American tracks to mining area in the old Congo (7)

18 Don’s in a state in Mexico (7)

20 Anger when tusk gets damaged here in Siberia (7)

21 Rainfall in total for S American country? (7)

22 When in Rome, I love to take in a club; in Ecuador, an Andean city (6)

25 Chilean valley of the vine: a degree above one Italian valley (5)

QUICK

*Across*

1 Japanese religion (9)

6 Capital of Tibet (5)

9 Arid area along the Atlantic in southern Africa (5,6)

10 Former Portuguese colony in India (3)

11 Ancient Germanic peoples (5)

12 Japanese porcelain (5,4)

13 European capital city, scene of a massive earthquake in 1755 (6)

15 Capital of Hunan province, China (8)

17 Desert of central southern Africa (8)

19 They are the official currency of Yemen, for example (6)

23 Norwegian port, the Vikings’ capital (9)

24 Language and people of Cambodia and parts of Vietnam (5)

26 City in Serbia, important since the days of the Ottoman Empire (3)

27 Native, for instance, of Preston, its county town (11)

28 Site of the Texans’ defence against the Mexicans in 1836 (5)

29 Scandinavian capital city (9)

*Down*

1 W African country, capital Dakar (7)

2 Turkish port and gulf which opens on to the Sea of Marmara (5)

3 Mexican state which gives its name to a pungent sauce (7)

4 The ‘peninsular’ part of Europe as in the war of that name between 1808-14 (6)

5 Japanese city, capital of Gumma prefecture on Honshu (8)

6 Former citizen of the USSR (7)

7 Easternmost sector of the Mediterranean (6,3)

8 Island in San Francisco Bay (7)

14 Californian lake formed when a Colorado R dam burst in 1905 (6,3)

16 Forested upland of the French, Belgian and Luxembourg borders (8)

17 Former name, when the Belgian Congo, of the copper-rich region of Shaba (7)

18 Mountainous state of S Mexico, capital Pachuca de Soto (7)

20 Russian city on the Trans-Siberian Railway (7)

21 Former Dutch Guiana, capital Paramaribo (7)

22 Ecuadorean garden city of the Andes (6)

25 Chilean wine-making valley and a major volcano (5)

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ACROSS

1 Ventures to say hello in Arabic port (3,2,6)

7 97 return to China? (4,4)

11 At one time earlier, there was a Muslim nymph (5)

12 Boat race crew, perhaps, meet examples of 7d in Spanish resort in Jamaica (4,4)

13 Kind of envelope left out for Filipino capital (6)

15 Irish part of German city? (7)

16 Coal scum washed up in Indonesian islands (8)

18 Early Egyptian police car model (4)

20 Royal Flash is, going back, a name of a Victorian flower of the 7d variety (5)

22 Even’s the score to get in golf, particularly here in France (5)

23 She gets joint top-billing with CIA in a jungle country of Latin America (5,4)

24 Civilisation somehow got rid of Vito – destroyed one of the Mafia (8)

25 Border region of France includes fashion centre upon which the French count (7,5)

28 Viewed in Germany as an African body of 7d (5)

30 Extremely jingoistically, Virginia joins Sky Lab – British ousted the Finnish place (9)

32 Hindu god’s in the end replaced by one kind of lemur (5)

33 Midwest bomb outrage in large town following a hit show (8,4)

34 Tory flam about N’Djamena in the old days (4,4)

38 Scot’s tracking gold, almost running out of Pacific Northwest region (9)

40 Concern when lady’s allowed into Cambridge college (5)

41 Drove horse to unknown city in the Midi-Pyrenees (5)

43 Romanian regional centre, as in Israeli frontiers (4)

44 See bad stain placed on the oriental character (8)

45 Brazilian peak seen implausibly from Benin and LA (7)

48 Greek quail’s heard in Polish port (6)

49 Indian city’s innovative foreign food store, say (3,5)

51 Asia? Minor part here for the female (5)

52 African capital picked out in foggy Nile glow (8)

53 State of one in Greek resort area (5,6)

DOWN

1 24 hours to get a place in the old country (view 45!) (7)

2 Nothing in French street and Napoleon’s heading for the capital in Normandy (5)

3 One of the Minnesotan twins is fully represented here (5,4)

4 Books which are hidden initially by Papacy or scattered (9)

5 Ham sandwich of little boy, Ed, sliced from bread, is not allowed here in Granada? (8)

6 State of Mexico needs the Spanish support for longer (7)

7 It’s found, in the main, in a section of the alphabet graphically explained! (3)

8 The Prince of Persia is an inn typical of these parts (4)

9 Russian 7d in IRA plot to get African capital (7)

10 7d’s going to New York, for example, after season making Utah home (4,4,4)

14 Northwest Frontier site for humanity somehow to share (8)

17 East London parlance for ‘David’ artist’s aspiration leaving him? (7)

19 Farm island resort in Bihar State (6)

21 Island British annexed in the Atlantic, as everything is below Gibraltar (7)

24 Caribbean Dominican site’s production of Sodom atoning (5,7)

26 Foolish Tory leader’s drawn to Iranian city (5)

27 Place in the centre’s an oil town between Fort Worth and El Paso (7)

29 Philistines place a tree on party day (6)

30 West Indian conserve – a first rate preserve! (8)

31 In Italy, Venice nearly is lost and it’s getting towards the end of Piacenza (7)

35 Resort in California to 7d, being on edge (9)

36 US brutal in Tripoli, Arabs say (9)

37 7d and 7d? Closet site of Belgian conflict (8)

39 Basque, Country and West Indian music Europe gets on to, from Italian (7)

40 Cheese is found in caves in Somerset (7)

42 Enthusiasm with a big part of Denmark (7)

46 Country associated with tin, diamond extraction (5)

47 Lines tied up in hoops in Scandinavian port (4)

50 Dutch town in the east near to the German border area (3)

Quick

ACROSS

1 Capital of Tanzania until 1974 (3,2,6)

7 Chinese Special Administrative Region (4,4)

11 Nymph of the Muslim paradise (5)

12 Jamaican resort (4,4)

13 Spanish trading centre in the Indies, taken by the US in 1898 (6)

15 Irish province (7)

16 Island group between Sulawesi and New Guinea (8)

18 Native Egyptian of the Greek and Roman periods (4)

20 Melbourne’s river from its source in the Gt Dividing Range (5)

22 Seat of power first developed by Clovis in the 5th century AD (5)

23 Trans-oceanic country of the American isthmus (5,4)

24 Island site for the Greek ruins of Agrigento (8)

25 French border region (7,5)

28 Third-largest lake in Africa (5)

30 Lake port of central Finland, capital of Keski-Suomi province (9)

32 Short-tailed Madagascan lemur (5)

33 Oil city of the US Midwest (8,4)

34 Name of Chad capital until 1973 (4,4)

38 Citizen of a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the US (9)

40 Irish county, capital Ennis (5)

41 Capital of the Aveyron department of France (5)

43 Romanian city, between 1565 and 1859, the capital of the principality of Moldavia (4)

44 Nipponese (8)

45 Pica da ———-, in Brazil, the tallest mountain in S America outside the Andes (7)

48 Polish port, whose shipyards were the focus of the 1980s Solidarity movement (6)

49 Imperial capital designed by Lutyens in the 1920s (3,5)

51 Kingdom of ancient Asia Minor, the first realm to use coined money (5)

52 Capital of Malawi (8)

53 Smallest of the United States of America (5,6)

DOWN

1 Name of Benin before 1975 (7)

2 Capital of Haute-Normandie (5)

3 Name in full of the capital of Minnesota (5,4)

4 Books of the Bible not appearing in the King James authorized version (9)

5 Moorish citadel of Granada (8)

6 State of central Mexico, capital Cuernavaca (7)

7 Water, defined chemically (3)

8 Caravanserai (4)

9 Major E African city whose name means ‘marsh’ (7)

10 City founded by Mormons in 1847 (4,4,4)

14 Hill town of the Northwest Frontier province of Pakistan (8)

17 Loosely, a Londoner (7)

19 Former summer capital of India’s Bihar State (6)

21 Uninhabited islet of the N Atlantic, annexed by Britain in 1955 (7)

24 Capital of the Dominican Republic (5,7)

26 N Iranian city near the Caspian Sea (5)

27 Administrative centre of the Permian oil basin in W Texas (7)

29 Philistine city (6)

30 Citizen of an island country which forms part of the Greater Antilles (8)

31 Italian city – in Italian (7)

35 Californian resort, north of San Diego (9)

36 Arabic name for Tripoli, Libya (9)

37 Scene of an epoch-ending battle south of Brussels (8)

39 Basques name for their country (7)

40 Limestone gorge and caves of W England (7)

42 Denmark’s largest island (7)

46 World’s second most-populated country (5)

47 Scandinavian city known as Christiana between 1624 and 1924 (4)

50 Industrial city of Gelderland, the Netherlands, near Arnhem (3)

The NI Prize Crossword No.66

No 66 by Axe

Cryptic

Across

*8* A UCLA cop is forced to resort south of the border (8)
*9* Great falls in Brazil when slimy creature leaves N America to get copper (6)
*10* Soviet power initially identified by American senior (4)
*11* Pyrenean type, using whip, almost on his own reaches the Scotsman (10)
*12* Rings to say hello in a note suggesting someone from the Mid-West (6)
*13* Conflict witnessed here in 1939? (6)
*15* EC pontificates about right food to eat (8,7)
*18* Love to get into Shakespeare, acting Indian part from the past (6)
*20* Cocktail given to abstainer, almost naked and taken aback in Nigerian city (6)
*23* A letter from St Maarten, or another Caribbean island? (10)
*24* He prophesied, coming out of Finnish part, one might reach the sea in Russia (4)
*25* British architect is asked to town in Brittany (6)
*26* Native Americans getting candy from the British to besiege Ticonderoga at first, ahead of Wolfe’s first unit (8)

Down

*1* Copes here, in a part of space where one can exist? (9)
*2* Nothing about the wine here in Iberia... (6)
*3* ...and I’m unable to tuck into the beer in this place (8)
*4* Directions to a French-CIA detachment lead to old Namibian country (9,6)
*5* Did he strike to left and right about Europe in the beginning? (6)
*6* I usually in S America follow Henry to university, and the African party goes to the Academy here in Peru (8)
*7* A Church article pronounces Old Testament chap a troublemaker (5)
*14* Town here has links with Scottish university (2,7)
*16* Informed about hospital worker getting silk from China (8)
*17* Removing nothing, new hooka pot is smoked by those who inhabit the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan (8)
*19* Ukrainian port, according to the verse, makes a fool fall over (6)
*21* State north or south, relative to 26, of course (6)
*22* Entry to Britain needs to have the date on top (5)

Quick

Across

*8* Mexico’s premier Pacific resort (8)
*9* Brazilian river famous for its 275 waterfalls (6)
*10* Soyuz Sovietskikh Sotsialichestkikh Respublik, as the West knew it (4)
*11* Language and citizen of an autonomous region of NE Spain (10)
*12* One from the Buck-eye state, the 17th of the Union (6)
*13* Where the East European Mutual Assistance Treaty was signed in 1955 (6)
*15* Winter vegetables (8,7)
*18* Former Indian princedom (6)
*20* Once the capital of Nigeria’s Northern Region, founded by the British in 1913 (6)
*23* Island still under British administration, devastated by volcanic eruptions in 1997 (10)
*24* —— Sea, between Severnaya Zemlya and Novaya Zemlya (4)
*25* Capital of Brittany (6)
*26* Members of a Native American tribe, the original ‘okla homa’ (red people) (8)

Down

*1* Part of the universe which could support life (9)
*2* Second city of Portugal (6)
*3* Province of SE Spain and its seaport capital (8)
*4* German protectorate from 1894-1919, eventually independent in 1990 (9,6)
*5* A Schicklgruber, b Austria, 1889 (6)
*6* Old Peruvian colonial city of the Andes (8)
*7* ‘The troublemaker’: Biblical character so-called after found with loot from the sacking of Jericho (1 Chron & Josh) (5)
*14* Home of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club (2,7)
*16* Westernized name for Chinese city and its wild silk (8)
*17* Variant spelling of Afghan tribe which straddles the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan (8)
*19* Black Sea port, the scene of the revolt of sailors form the Battleship Potemkin in 1905 (6)
*21* New York building built by WR Hearst and the site of John Lennon’s murder in 1980 (6)
*22* The largest of Kent’s Cinque Ports (5)

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The NI Prize Crossword No.64

NI Prize Crossword No.64 by Axe

Cryptic

Across

*1* Central American republic’s annoyed at Corsica (5,4)
*6* Glean from map Piacenza’s Roman via... (5)
*9* ...kind of Greek architecture... (5)
*10* ...and one cameo setting of Alexander’s place (9)
*11* Between copper and gold, publicity’s the key when leading the country (7)
*12* Point alternatively to the question when naming English city... (7)
*13* ...after English river: it’s coming from two directions (4)
*14* Fish from seat on the ocean (3,5)
*17* Mexican general rumoured blown out over the Rockies (5,3)
*19* Hard guiding one to part of Sumatra (4)
*23* True, IRA got involved in Italy of old (7)
*24* Madeira? Aye, your Ladyship, First Lord’s captured when retreating (7)
*25* A Dutch place, going north-east near work (9)
*26* Devon river, for example, involved in metal-stretching? (5)
*27* Eastern spice arriving at French seawater lake (5)
*28* Border flower from Brazilian place sublime at the end of June? (3,6)

Down

*1* S Americans identifiable by the French and American influences in facial features (8)
*2* There’s no love in part of France for Spanish saint about to find himself in Puerto Rico (3,4)
*3* Old Greek part where the end of the mall gives way to yard (6)
*4* Turkish port’s connected with Cadiz, mirroring some of its characteristics (5)
*5* A car Natal rejected found in Spanish reservoir (9)
*6* He led Napoleon’s troops under tree cover here in the Channel (8)
*7* Ottawa chief in charge when bomb is planted under the French bridge (7)
*8* 7 not one of the Native Americans who accepted quiet suffering (6)
*14* One vehicle crashes into another by the river at Norwegian town (9)
*15* Heather to evoke strong feelings on Scottish burgh (8)
*16* Timid girl’s reported to place in Wyoming (8)
*18* King Leo’s dressing in gold and a halo (7)
*20* This water is the Prince of Lewis’ literally! (7)
*21* Movement in the Caribbean concerning age being affected by gravity (6)
*22* Protective cloak put over Irish trouble-spot? (6)
*24* The plum, Angola’s indigenous fruit (5)

Quick

Across

*1* Central American republic, capital San Jose (5,4)
*6* Via ??-, the main road out of classical Rome to the south (5)
*9* Ancient Greek dialect: one of the five main orders of architecture (5)
*10* One of the Former Republics of Yugoslavia (9)
*11* S American country named for its latitudinal position (7)
*12* Largest city in E Anglia (7)
*13* English river which flows into the Wash (4)
*14* Ocean piscivores related to bass (3,5)
*17* City and volcano of El Salvador (5,3)
*19* Special region, the first Muslim stronghold, of Sumatra (4)
*23* Pre-Roman part of central Italy famed for pottery (7)
*24* Sweet Madeira wine, the bane of Clarence according to Shakespeare and others (7)
*25* City and province of NE Holland (9)
*26* Devon river (5)
*27* Lagoon, sea-water lake (5)
*28* US-Mexico border river (3,6)

Down

*1* S Americans of the Pacific coastlands (8)
*2* Capital of Puerto Rico (3,4)
*3* Literary name for pastoral part of ancient Greece said to be inhabited by the god Pan (6)
*4* Turkish third city and key port (5)
*5* A town and reservoir in W Spain; a port in N Brazil; a lake in N Canada (9)
*6* One of the Channel Islands (8)
*7* Chief of the Ottawa tribe who gave his name to a Michigan motor town (7)
*8* Athabaskan-speaking Native American who settled in SW US after leaving Canada (6)
*14* Major Norwegian oil town (9)
*15* Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned (8)
*16* State capital of Wyoming (8)
*18* Halo (7)
*20* Sea, the world’s largest body of inland water (7)
*21* Musical style associated with Rastafarianism (6)
*22* One of Ireland’s four ancient provinces (6)
*24* Tropical fruit (5)

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