Crack October’s crossword competition to win The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase, by Mark Forsyth.

The perimeter of the completed diagram recalls an achievement and where it took place. Unchecked letters could be arranged to 'rigour run I ratify'. 

Crossword

 

Across

8.  Event regularly occurring in East (and West, surprisingly) (4) 

11. Manage ever so badly and ultimately implode (7) 

12. Idol now crumbling in warehouse (6) 

13. Idle time, so I took over inside (6) 

14.  Elders typically rejected prophet after short time (5) 

15.  Period recalled by a group of reporters (5) 

16. Code possibly cracked by techies wanting energy (6) 

18. Queen's address gets her broadcast included in successful recording (4,6)

20. Tertiary epoch's once mistakenly put into Early English (6) 

22. Family member accepting a husband, a refined, cultured gentleman (5) 

24. Inclination to cycle? Runs (5) 

27. Untidy person starts to soil clean collar (6) 

29.  Attacks tenor behind rickety stage (4,2) 

30.  Ref also potentially corrupt? (3,4) 

31. Twin brother active in exploit that's over (4) 

 

Down

1. Cook wanting right oven (4) 

2. Cause congestion in making shift to go green (7) 

3. Poem penned by divinity graduate was ominous (5) 

4. Bird flying to cave (6) 

5. Amphibian went swimming (4) 

6. Man, for instance, given wrong impression, extremely deprived (4) 

7.  Choice offered by school, including Latin and English (6) 

9. Document origins of women's roles in theatre (4) 

10.  Indifferent Staff Officer initially said nothing (2-2) 

17.  Encourage to try Spanish wine, taking time off (7) 

18. Bird house supported by old American writer (6) 

19. Pay second instalment of ransom to escape US city (6) 

21. Copper coin collection is something worth having (5) 

22. Nothing omitted: award mark (4) 

23. Do held in High School's shabby premises (4) 

25. Edge turned up on both sides (4) 

26.  Join main motorway (4) 

28. Nothing in endless celebrity but froth (4) 

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