Enter February’s crossword competition to win a copy of Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence.

The names of a fictional Oxford college and of a feature of another fictional Oxford college are linked, and should be highlighted in the completed grid. The surnames of the authors of the works in which these two names appear are unclued and must be deduced.

The winner of this month’s crossword competition was Edward Forman (New College, 1970).

Crossword - February 2015

Across

1. Nervous magistrate overcomes hesitation by end of day (5)

5. See preamble (8)

10. Clever to comprehend large company’s shortfall (7)

13. Requisition tinned supply (6)

14. Translated note covering church music (6)

15. Scornful expressions about a king’s footwear (8)

17. Play about occupational therapist’s extremity (6)

20. Ceremonies in Trinidad and Tobago of the most banal kind (7)

22. Way a politician makes a mark (5)

25. Avoidance of excess has left trainers relaxed (4-9)

28. Covers for empty outbuildings in need of repair (5)

30. Campaign that’s unsubtle, involving appeal (7)

32. Chipmunk starting to husk Caribbean fruit (6)

34. Those providing security in cultivated nurseries becoming disheartened (8)

38. Set of genetic material provided by some interloper once (6)

39. Left in agony, taking time for lamentation (6)

40. Cuts away part of finely-wrought cresset (7)

41. See preamble (8)

42. Warning of danger broadcast later (5)

 

Down

1. Scottish sweetheart lives on outskirts of Torness, demonstrating means of support (6)

2. Male lines in fashion (4)

3. Fold tape elaborately round front of lid (5)

4. Pull any switches on right-hand side of desk (4)

5. Think highly of acting in Irish broadcasting organisation (4)

6. Predicts what’s to be found in overturned waste basket (4)

7. Subtlety unusual in north-eastern city (6)

8. Agrees to hold in beastly noises (5)

9. Tune don played is not recorded (7)

10. It’s in need of a wash — then dry it off (5)

11. Heroic manoeuvres to retain energy and good health (7)

12. Flier taking drink around noon — vermouth, possibly (6)

16. Where you could see a river rise? (6)

18. Unhappy about publicity exercise ultimately being broadcast (6)

19. Deliver product (5)

21. Strain portion of ratatouille then eat out (5)

23. Seduces a person under tutelage, breaking rules (7)

24. Literary masterpiece for nine bucks (7)

25. Dry rot over in part of guarded area (6)

26. Financier certain to be found in city (6)

27. What’s essential to even: a rising star or similar (5)

29. Tsetse flies in group (6)

31. Nice way to take exercise; Mauritian’s ready (5)

33. Inexperienced class assimilates natatory technique (5)

34. Enthusiastic about strange notion a small number discounted (4)

35. Unwanted communications upset plans (4)

36. It’s essential to arm peaceful naval group (4)

37. National area where I recycle bottles (4)

 

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