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Box PM July 2021 puzzle solutions

SPIRAL CROSSWORD

Here are some extra hints for each clue. Answers further down this page.

  1. Anagram + word for 'Dad'
  2. Spelt Olive Oyl
  3. Sounds-like bit + word for 'ship'
  4. Anagram – plus a particular meaning of 'bottle'
  5. Italian, with two wheels
  6. Pa rather than Ma
  7. Hidden word
  8. or almond or walnut ...
  9. Anagram
  10. buckle my shoe
  11. anagram + 'y'
  12. Anagram
  13. Hidden word
  14. Think Sri Lanka
  15. From the mouths of children ...
  16. Double meaning
  17. Anagram + 'y' again
  18. Hidden word
  19. Anagram inside 'NE'
  20. Time before Easter
    (Yikes: Was this clue missing from the page? Should have read: Fast or slow, nothing less (4)

Answers:

  1. alcopop
  2. Popeye
  3. eye-liner
  4. nerve
  5. Vespa
  6. pastime
  7. menu
  8. nutcase
  9. semicolon
  10. one-two
  11. worthy
  12. hysteric
  13. ricotta
  14. Tamil
  15. milk tooth
  16. Othello
  17. lousy
  18. synod
  19. nodule
  20. Lent

In the shades squares, two GAMESHOWs: Pointless & Countdown

 

CARBIS BAY

1 bray  2 Saab  3 Abba  4 crib  5 Isaac  6 Basic  7 rabbi  8 Syria  9 Basra  10 scary  11 cabby  12 abaci  13 Babar  14 carbs  15 arias  16 Arabic  17 Biscay  18 Barsac  19 scarab  20 crabby

 

100 YEARS AND COUNTING

If the parent and child share the same birthday and the parent's age at the time of the child's birth is an ODD number, then the sum of their ages will always be an odd number – so can never be exactly 100. (So the odds are HALF of 1 in 365 = 1 in 730.)