Preface:

When Adrian Bell, our founder, died on the 5th September 1980, it was left to my father, Edmund Akenhead as Crossword Editor of The Times, to assume Adrian’s role as resident historian. When my father died on 21st December 1990, that role was transferred jointly to John Grant, as the new Crossword Editor and myself where I acted as his proofer throughout his tenure. When John died on 16th July 2012, that responsibility was left with me as Guardian of the Archive (now lodged with HarperCollins). I have tried to live up to the high standards of my predecessors as well as expand on their illustrious brief. My research has revealed a rich, and hitherto untapped area in this history, namely the War Years. Doubtless for reasons of security, old adages like ‘be like dad, keep mum’ became the order of the day, and somehow forgotten, or overlooked in the subsequent development of the crossword thereafter, thanks to the fine ongoing efforts of the three prime movers, Adrian Bell, Ronald Carton and his wife Jane. When my father came on the scene in 1965 as the new Crossword Editor he still had Adrian Bell and Jane to support him, but when he too eventually handed over the reins to John Grant, sadly the old guard were no longer with us, and now that John’s gone, it just leaves me to try to fulfil my brief until October 2000, and I see that brief now as one where I can apply my energies to the first fifty five years of The Times crossword, with all its birthing pains, which I’m afraid, with the exception of the stalwarts already mentioned, varied between the sublime and ridiculous in the early stages by modern standards – put bluntly some contributors were not up to it, and this became particularly clear in the war years where much needed crossword, bridge and chess brains were needed in the hallowed fields of intelligence and counter-intelligence on which The Times Atlas of the Second World War gives instances of not just breaking codes, and scrambling codes, but on much-needed occasions such as D-Day actually altering the original messages to our benefit, taking a line from our adversaries who were already rather good at that particular game too, with one or two notable inclusions in both The Daily Telegraph and The Times a couple of which I appear to have unearthed as well! Doubtless, harmless 80 years later, but deadly earnest, with due respect, for all parties thus involved at the time, and in particular for those who had to live through it all or perished in the process.

I actively pursuing my Chronology of the War Years as an ongoing labour aided principally by The Times Atlas of the Second World War and The Times Archive, beginning with Neville Chamberlain’s ominous and reluctant opening address, and ending with the Emperor Hirohito’s gracious exhortation to his people to accept surrender with honour, and a concession by both Allied and Axis powers that the ways of peace between all nations were infinitely preferable to what had befallen both their alliances in six terrible intervening years. Would that we could learn from past grievous mistakes, but it seems we never will! Perhaps the new generation will prove me wrong. I sincerely hope so!

Please note that this is a historical record and some clues may appear offensive to modern eyes. You will doubtless observe too that definitions, or indeed part-definitions were a secondary concern to the compiler in those far-flung days! Only in extreme cases will I exercise a little editorial discretion, or if they are totally incongruous to a modern reader, I’ve placed a suitable alternative but in the same style. Most clues come from February editions, and later, during Edmund Akenhead’s tenure we switch to December. Note too that these are my Top Ten and intentionally range between those that may inspire, such as this in Crossword no. 1,567 from 1935 ▬ The first is played by mouth, the second and whole by hand (5,4) TRUMP CARD ▬  to the occasionally dire!

Below you will find our NEW Top Ten Tree, mostly from the month of February until 1945 courtesy of my ace developer, Deepak Kumar, I have extended this new concept as a work in progress with the first crossword of the month in question and a selected crossword clue and solution from succeeding Februarys. This continues until the start of my father’s term as editor when there is a switch to the month of December and thenceforward to 1985, when my source, The Times Archive at Times On-Line, ceases. So from 1946 until 1985 expect a work in progress, which will eventually culminate with all its branches filled and a full Top Ten all the way from 1930 until 1985, complete with any useful pieces of correspondence in the Times Archive I’m able to add as well as indicators as to where you can actually enjoy solving a fair number of the crosswords via my digital crosswords extracted therefrom under both The War Years and The Akenhead Years. If you enjoy both my labours and challenges, feel free to continue to spread the Good Word! – David Akenhead, May 5th 2022

1930 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, February 1st

Crossword 1, 38 Across: This elephant has lost his head (4) UMBO

2. Thursday, February 6th

Crossword 5, 31 Down:
Has driven many a good man to drink (6) THIRST

3. Monday, February 17th

Crossword 14, 16 Across:
Proust produces this if mis-read (6) STUPOR

4. Wednesday, February 19th

Crossword 16, 1 Across:
Theirs is a sort of pillar-to-post existence (7) POSTMEN

5. Tuesday, March 18th

Crossword 39, 25 Across:
This causes the sort of catch you would rather miss (5) VIRUS

6. Wednesday, April 2nd

Crossword 52, 1 Across:
Dervish becomes absolved here (7) SHRIVED

7. Tuesday, April 15th

Crossword 63, 4 Down:
In spite of appearances at the outset he’s liable to hit the rocks (7) FOUNDER

8. Friday, May 2nd

Crossword 77, 38 Down:
These birds may be found by beheading a founder (4) EMUS

9. Tuesday, May 20th

Crossword 92, 26 Down:
This tumbler might rob a cat (7) ACROBAT

10. Friday, May 23rd

Crossword 95, 1 Across:
This store expects what a gardener does to seed bags (5) DEPOT

Letters to the Editor, Friday May 30th 1930

1931 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, April 1st

Crossword 361, 26 Across: An affair of love and war (10) ENGAGEMENT

2. Tuesday, April 7th

Crossword 365, 5 Down:
Meditate in bed (7) BEMUSED

3. Thursday, April 9th

Crossword 367, 35 Across:
Taken on departure (5) LEAVE

4. Monday, April 13th

Crossword 370, 13 Across:
East coast laundry (4) WASH

5. Tuesday, April 14th

Crossword 371, 16 Down:
Pleasant for the horse, unpleasant for the airman (8) STALLING

6. Friday, April 17th

Crossword 374, 21 Across:
A cockney might so describe the last horse in a line (7) ENDORSE

7. Friday, May 1st

Crossword 386, 25 Across:
This sort of chap may well get fed up with his fellow-creatures (15) ANTHROPOPHAGOUS

8. Saturday, May 2nd

Crossword 387, 10 Across:
Such bows are nonsense (12) FIDDLESTICKS

9. Friday, May 15th

Crossword 398, 10 Across:
This instrument should have appealed to Micawber (7) LATHE

10. Saturday, May 30th

Crossword 411, 8 Down:
They might be described as Statesmen (5) YANKEES

February 1932 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, February 3rd

Crossword 622, 24 Across:
C.H. wear? (8) BATHROBE

2. Thursday, February 4th

Crossword 623, 2 Down:
City father’s foster-mother (3-4) SHE-WOLF

3. Friday, February 5th

Crossword 624, 9 Across:
Lose a quid (anag.) (9) ODALISQUE

4. Saturday, February 6th

Crossword 625, 22 Across:
Chinese post is Han’s (6) SHANSI

5. Monday, February 8th

Crossword 626, 18 Down:
Swindle the people with a gift (8) DONATION

6. Tuesday, February 9th

Crossword 627, 26 Across:
What one expects to get from a run on a card (4) JOKE

7. Thursday, February 11th

Crossword 629, 21 Down:
Used for drawing people out (5) RACKS

8. Friday, February 12th

Crossword 630, 12 Across:
I got nothing thanks! (4) IOTA

9. Saturday, February 13th

Crossword 631, 6 Across:
Play about in a Cornish river (5) FINAL

10. Monday, February 15th

Crossword 632, 10 Across:
It’s a crime for a well-grown girl (6) BIGAMY

February 1933 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, February 14th

Crossword 943, 24 Across:
Frustrated condition of an egg (6) UNLAID

2. Wednesday, February 15th

Crossword 944, 19 Across:
Might we call her “Pinkie”? (7) MILDRED

3. Thursday, February 16th

Crossword 945, 3 Down:
Harmonised in a kind of love-nest (6) AGREED

4. Friday, February 17th

Crossword 946, 5 Down:
Omnibus overturned on purpose (10) SUBMISSION

5. Saturday, February 18th

Crossword 947, 9 Down:
The girl goes after the musicians to get something for the pocket (9) BANDANNA

6. Monday, February 20th

Crossword 948, 11 Across:
Proverbial courtship handicap (5,5) FAINT HEART

7. Tuesday, February 21st

Crossword 949, 1 Across:
A problem to be tackled squarely (9) CROSSWORD

8. Wednesday, February 22nd

Crossword 950, 9 Down:
Most sincere flatterers (9) IMITATORS

9. Thursday, February 23rd

Crossword 951, 15 Down:
Land of Hope and glory (9) RURITANIA

10. Friday, February 24th

Crossword 952, 10 Across:
Love of sugar (7) NOTHING

Letters to the Editor, Monday April 24th 1933

This Puzzle appeared in The Times on Saturday, April 22nd 1933

February 1934 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, February 1st

Crossword 1,242, 14 Across:
What rowdy Cockney schoolboys want to call their teachers? (6) USHERS

2. Friday, February 2nd

Crossword 1,243, 9 Across:
Andrew’s goes astray (7) WANDERS

3. Saturday, February 3rd

Crossword 1,244, 18 Across:
Its choir is made famous (8) HISTORIC

4. Monday, February 5th

Crossword 1,245, 31 Down:
Liquor in baths, perhaps (7) ABSINTH

5. Tuesday, February 6th

Crossword 1,246, 8 Down:
Mid-term (anag.) (7) TRIMMED

6. Wednesday, February 7th

Crossword 1,247, 21 Across:
Marco Polo brought some of these back with him (10,5) TRAVELLERS TALES

7. Thursday, February 8th

Crossword 1,248, 2 Down:
Conservative golfer in an unbearable position (9) DORMITORY

8. Friday, February 9th

Crossword 1,249, 8 Down:
Deafening applause? (11) THUNDERCLAP

9. Saturday, February 10th

Crossword 1,250, 21 Across:
They dig up the dirty past (14) ARCHAEOLOGISTS

10. Tuesday, February 13th

Crossword 1,252, 9 Across:
Just the girl to invite back for a meal (4) ENID

February 1935 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, February 15th

Crossword 1,564, 30 Across:
Cause of inflation in the shoe trade (4) PUMP

2. Saturday, February 16th

Crossword 1,565, 5 Across:
Put out your money and get half back (6) BETIMES

3. Monday, February 18th

Crossword 1,566, 6 Down:
Lesson for a day at the end of spring (8) WELL-A-DAY

4. Tuesday, February 19th

Crossword 1,567, 14 Down:
The first is played by mouth, the second and whole, by hand (5,4) TRUMP CARD

5. Wednesday, February 20th

Crossword 1,568, 1 Across:
Suitable form of horticulture for Gibraltar (4,6) ROCK GARDEN

6. Thursday, February 21st

Crossword 1,569, 3 Down:
He shows me initiative in action (9) DEFENDANT

7. Friday, February 22nd

Crossword 1,570, 22 Across:
The last chapter of Leviticus and the first of Deuteronomy are (8,7) OPPOSITE NUMBERS

8. Monday, February 25th

Crossword 1,572, 6 Down:
Fondle a theologian in a silk hat (6) TIDDLE

9. Tuesday, February 26th

Crossword 1,573, 2 Down:
The green are not caught thus (3-6) RED-HANDED

10. Wednesday, February 27th

Crossword 1,574, 1 Down:
Some people find them elevating, others quite the reverse (6,9) MOVING STAIRWAYS

Letters to the Editor, Saturday October 19th 1935 (Crossword 1,770, 25 Down)

February 1936 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, February 1st

Crossword 1,862, 11 Across:
“To love her was a liberal ___ ” (Steele) (9) EDUCATION

2. Monday, February 3rd

Crossword 1,863, 18 Down:
Tut, ladies! (anag.) (9) LATITUDES

3. Tuesday, February 4th

Crossword 1,864, 23 Across:
An impressive device (8,7) PRINTING MACHINE

4. Wednesday, February 5th

Crossword 1,865, 28 Across:
Sounds a suitable dish for the race starter (4) SAGO

5. Thursday, February 6th

Crossword 1,866, 24 Across:
What is it that makes one? (5) UNITY

6. Friday, February 7th

Crossword 1,867, 25 Down:
A graduate in the steerage (5) ABAFT

7. Saturday, February 8th

Crossword 1,868, 36 Down:
Sea-horse? (4) MARE

8. Monday, February 10th

Crossword 1,869, 8 Down:
Master of a bark? (3,3) SEA DOG

9. Tuesday, February 11th

Crossword 1,870, 4 Down:
Words for Hamlet and Aladdin? (6,3,3) THERES THE RUB

10. Wednesday, February 12th

Crossword 1,871, 30 Across:
The reverse of competent is to remain in exile (4) ELBA

Letters to the Editor, Tuesday July 14th 1936

February 1937 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 15th

Crossword 2,184, 18 Down:
Her success seems contingent upon colour (7) WINIFRED

2. Wednesday, February 17th

Crossword 2,186, 1 Across:
ars are rated as many times this (6,2,1,5) STRONG AS A HORSE

3. Thursday, February 18th

Crossword 2,187, 22 Across:
The exhausted artist having lost his balance may be (9) OVERDRAWN

4. Friday, February 19th

Crossword 2,188, 10 Across:
Eat too much cheddar (5) GORGE

5. Saturday, February 20th

Crossword 2,189, 2 Down:
A random choice of men (3,4,3,5) TOM DICK AND HARRY

6. Monday, February 22nd

Crossword 2,190, 3 Down:
Theatre that prompted Shakespeare to write: “All the world’s a stage”? (5) GLOBE

7. Tuesday, February 23rd

Crossword 2,191, 18 Across:
The infantry assault begins as the climber’s ends (4,3,3) OVER THE TOP

8. Wednesday, February 24th

Crossword 2,192, 10 Across:
I’ll be among the French in France (5) LILLE

9. Thursday, February 25th

Crossword 2,193, 7 Down:
She should be a good chess player (5) MATER

10. Friday, February 26th

Crossword 2,194, 18 Down:
Wooden junk (6) LUMBER

Letters to the Editor, Monday July 12th 1937

February 1938 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, February 1st

Crossword 2,482, 4 Down:
Close when this and this (4) NECK

2. Wednesday, February 2nd

Crossword 2,483, 2 Down:
Four excluded weeks? (1,5,2,7) A MONTH OF SUNDAYS

3. Thursday, February 3rd

Crossword 2,484, 11 Across:
Was he paid blood money? (5) LEECH

4. Friday, February 4th

Crossword 2,485, 9 Across: (See Letter to the Editor below).
Ungrammatical products of a stereoscopic camera (6,9) DOUBLE NEGATIVES

5. Saturday, February 5th

Crossword 2,486, 14 Across:
Horseman (7) CENTAUR

6. Monday, February 7th

Crossword 2,487, 10 Across:
Kipling’s hero returns with difficulty in comic opera (6) MIKADO

7. Tuesday, February 8th

Crossword 2,488, 17 Across:
Suggestion of Blackheath (7) INKLING

8. Wednesday, February 9th

Crossword 2,489, 22 Down:
It is around me in front of you (5) TIMES

9. Thursday, February 10th

Crossword 2,490, 5 Down:
Hidden in a van that took a piano away (5) OKAPI

10. Friday, February 11th

Crossword 2,491, 27 Across:
Ornithological Whip (4) CROP

Letters to the Editor, Tuesday February 11th 1938

Note: Re. Mr Richards’s dilemma with Hamlet’s father’s ghost? Wrong play! But very much in keeping with Macbeth’s remark about Banquo’s! “If I stand here, I saw him”.
Crossword 2,485, 11 Across:
What a Shakespearean ghost wished to be (5) BRIEF

February 1939 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, February 14th

Crossword 2,804, 1 Across:
A bit crude (6,8) VULGAR FRACTION

2. Wednesday, February 15th

Crossword 2,805, 9 Across:
Suggests that the bugler will not be able to get another job (4,4) LAST POST

3. Thursday, February 18th

Crossword 2,806, 24 Across:
Does it reason that two singers are deceitful? (9) EQUIVOCAL

4. Friday, February 19th

Crossword 2,807, 5 Down:
The joys of travel (11) TRANSPORTS

5. Saturday, February 20th

Crossword 2,808, 9 Across:
Levi once displayed it (8) VIOLENCE

6. Monday, February 22nd

Crossword 2,809, 14 Across:
Wood nearly burning (5) ARDEN

7. Tuesday, February 23rd

Crossword 2,810, 16 Down:
She gives the giant a first class return (7) TITANIA

8. Wednesday, February 24th

Crossword 2,811, 29 Down:
Baby aboard, very slippy (5) SKIDS

9. Thursday, February 25th

Crossword 2,812, 7 Down:
To the racegoer the reverse of a postscript (8,6) STARTING PRICES

10. Friday, February 26th

Crossword 2,813, 15 Down:
An engaging act (7) PROMISE

Letters to the Editor, Wednesday September 27th 1939

5th Columnists at The Times? Angels and Ministers of grace defend us! (insightful for a’ that!) – Yet, had I been Editor of The Times, I’d have thought twice about publishing such a letter three weeks after hostilities had been declared! It was surely asking for trouble which wasn’t too short in coming – see my Blitz article and the Doorman’s infiltration it seems in Crossword 3,104 published on 2nd February of the following year, seemingly under the protection of the anonymity of Times crossword compilers which continues to this day! – Doorman’s sign-off is clear (with extreme irony, I venture to suggest, if I’m correct), with one of Kipling’s impostors from his celebrated poem If – DA

This letter appeared in the The Times on Tuesday, October 10th 1939

February 1940 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, February 1st

Crossword 3,103, 14 Down:
here people get hung (7) ACADEMY

2. Friday, February 2nd

Crossword 3,104, 1 Down:
A writer of the present day (7) DIARIST

3. Saturday, February 3rd

Crossword 3,105, 17 Across:
Qualified for brief employment (6,2,3,3) CALLED TO THE BAR

4. Monday, February 5th

Crossword 3,106, 24 Across:
He often takes a bath (6) OLIVER

5. Tuesday, February 6th

Crossword 3,107, 11 Across:
It was more interested in the fleet than Fleet Street (5,4) PRESS GANG

6. Wednesday, February 7th

Crossword 3,108, 10 Across:
Motorists engage in this, generally, after beginning the drive (3,4) TOP GEAR

7. Thursday, February 8th

Crossword 3,109, 24 Down:
Old stockings (5) HOSEN

8. Friday, February 9th

Crossword 3,110, 2 Down:
Musical sleeves (5) GREEN

9. Saturday, February 10th

Crossword 3,111, 9 Across:
Implying that the accountants are unsteady (7) TOTTERS

10. Monday, February 12th

Crossword 3,112, 9 Down:
Evidently not once more at a loss (5) AGAIN

This sobering announcement appeared on Page 6 of The Times – Monday April 29th, 1940

SIZE OF PAPERS

SAFEGUARDING STOCKS OF NEWSPRINT

As an additional measure of precaution designed to conserve the stocks of newsprint, The Times, in common with other newspapers, is for the present further limiting the number of its pages. Scandinavia is an important source of supply for the pulp from which newspapers are made, and imports from that area are necessarily suspended. At the same time, the great demand for shipping for all war purposes has restricted access to other sources of supply.

The standard size of The Times under these conditions will from today be 12 pages, other newspapers making a proportionate reduction. That means inevitably the curtailment of some of the established features of the paper, though every effort will be made to preserve them so far as that is compatible with the full presentation of essential news, and preparations for saving space in other directions have long been put in hand. Thus such regular features as Monday’s agricultural notes, news of music, films, and the theatre; the crossword puzzle and the contributions on fashion and household matters; the Tuesday bridge article, the Saturday religious article, and the golf article will all be continued, though it may be necessary to shorten some of them.

City news must also undergo some compression; but nothing will be spared to give the fullest practicable record of the day’s events in finance and commerce. The same will hold true of the Parliamentary and Law Reports. The need for conciseness in letters to the Editor will manifestly be greater than ever. It is intended, however, to maintain to the full The Times service of dispatches from all parts of the Empire and from foreign countries.

Meanwhile the space that can be devoted to advertisements will be carefully apportioned with the aim of helping every advertiser who uses the columns of The Times.

February 1941 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, February 15th

Crossword 3,426, 11 Down:
Infuse ‒ was the usual truth about Don Bradman? (6) INSTIL

2. Monday, February 17th

Crossword 3,427, 10 Across:
In the French we discover intelligence (4) NOUS

3. Tuesday, February 18th

Crossword 3,428, 18 Across:
Is such flattery affected by rationing? (9) BUTTERING

4. Wednesday, February 19th

Crossword 3,429, 3 Down:
A Nile swamp is turned to tapestry (7) GOBELIN

5. Thursday, February 20th

Crossword 3,430, 5 Across:
Office the worse for drink and reserved (6) OFFISH

6. Friday, February 21st

Crossword 3,431, 8 Down:
Raid? I’m going up here as the airman might have said (6) MIDAIR

7. Saturday, February 22nd 

Crossword 3,432, 21 Down:
It suggests a sound picture of a pleased cat (7) PURVIEW

8. Monday, February 24th

Crossword 3,433, 4 Down:
Many owe much to the old stage coach (6) ACTORS

9. Tuesday, February 25th

Crossword 3,434, 13 Across:
No sugar, I’m reformed (9) IGNORAMUS

10. Wednesday, February 26th

Crossword 3,435, 19 Down:
Did this creature invent the sidewalk? (8) LANDCRAB

This tribute was found alongside Times Crossword Puzzle No. 3,560 dated Wednesday, July 23rd 1941

February 1942 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 2nd

Crossword 3,724, 25 Down:
Port, did you say? (4) SAID

2. Tuesday, February 3rd

Crossword 3,725, 1 Down:
The substance of tears (8) SOBSTUFF

3. Saturday, February 7th

Crossword 3,729, 14 Down:
With this creature “it’s tails you lose” (8) SCORPION

4. Monday, February 9th

Crossword 3,730, 32 Across:
Cupid’s necktie? (6,4) LOVERS KNOT

5. Thursday, February 12th

Crossword 3,733, 18 Down:
One cannot be compelled to do so (9) VOLUNTEER

6. Monday, February 16th

Crossword 3,736, 1 Across:
Figurative couple who are literally held up to ridicule (5,3,4) PUNCH AND JUDY

7. Wednesday, February 18th

Crossword 3,738, 9 Down:
Order for a bed? ‒ or perhaps not (5,3) APPLE PIE

8. Tuesday, February 24th

Crossword 3,743, 3 Down:
Harmful effect of bowling eight balls? (10) OVERSTRAIN

9. Wednesday, February 25th

Crossword 3,744, 8 Down:
The making of a harmless crocodile (11) SCHOOLGIRLS

10. Saturday, February 28th

Crossword 3,747, 5 Down:
Slangily it is anything but refreshing fruit (9) RASPBERRY

This found in The Times dated Wednesday, April 8th 1942

Prices doubtless reflecting the cost of newsprint (earlier article of 29th April 1940) which had soared!

February 1943 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 1st

Crossword 4,033, 13 Across:
Hen emu at a club, ‒ very irregular! (9) ATHENAEUM

2. Tuesday, February 2nd

Crossword 4,034, 13 Down:
One isn’t expected to put on court dress for it (4,6) LAWN TENNIS

3. Saturday, February 6th

Crossword 4,038, 27 Across:
One does it, of course, in aviation circles (7,3,4) LOOPING THE LOOP

4. Tuesday, February 9th

Crossword 4,040, 1 Down:
Evidently it should be “wide enough to wrap a fairy in” (9) PERISCOPE

5. Wednesday, February 10th

Crossword 4,041, 20 Down:
He waits in France (6) GARCON

6. Thursday, February 18th

Crossword 4,048, 25 Across:

A cautionary cricketing rival of Little Jack Horner? (4,6) PLUM WARNER

7. Friday, February 19th

Crossword 4,049, 1 Across:
Won by Nelson, ridden by Wellington (10) COPENHAGEN

8. Monday, February 22nd

Crossword 4,051, 23 Across:
A nice garden for a girl (10) GRANDNIECE

9. Tuesday, February 23rd

Crossword 4,052, 2 Down:
Nymphs in reeds, perhaps (7) NEREIDS

10. Friday, February 26th

Crossword 4,055, 20 Down:
Name of thin Scot (7) MACLEAN

This appeared in The Times on Wednesday, September 22nd 1943

February 1944 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, February 1st

Crossword 4,343, 16 Across:
The royal sorcerer’s job (6,8) PRINCE CHARMING

2. Wednesday, February 2nd

Crossword 4,344, 26 Across:
It wasn’t a layman who sought to discuss this lay matter (3,7,3) THE CURATES EGG

3. Friday, February 4th

Crossword 4,346, 14 Down:
Story-teller to the children of Romulus? (5,5) UNCLE REMUS

4. Saturday, February 5th

Crossword 4,347, 17 Down:
This deficiency might have hair-raising results in a wind (3,4) NET LOSS

5. Tuesday, February 8th

Crossword 4,349, 1 Across:
Frog’s restricted ubiquity? (5) BOUNDS

6. Wednesday, February 9th

Crossword 4,350, 19 Across:
Dyy (9) PENNYWISE

7. Tuesday, February 15th

Crossword 4,355, 19 Across:
Retreat of the self-conscious guest (3,3,3) TIP AND RUN

8. Wednesday, February 16th

Crossword 4,356, 23 Down:
More like an earl? (7) EARLIER

9. Friday, February 25th

Crossword 4,364, 18 Across:
Very tired of Hampshire, are they? (10) SYCOPHANTS

10. Saturday, February 26th

Crossword 4,365, 9 Across:
It goes always south to north (6) SEVERN

This from an article in The Times dated Monday, October 2nd 1944

February 1945 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, February 1st

Crossword 4,654, 1 Across:
Let surf be soothing (7) RESTFUL

2. Friday, February 2nd

Crossword 4,655, 25 Across:
I need corn, being somewhat secretive (9) ENDOCRINE

3. Saturday, February 3rd

Crossword 4,656, 28 Across:
It is a puzzle to gardeners (9) ARAUCARIA

4. Thursday, February 8th

Crossword 4,660, 14 Down:
Smith’s dishonest product (7) FORGERY

5. Friday, February 9th

Crossword 4,661, 11 Across:
A mount habituated to the black-out (4,5) DARK HORSE

6. Saturday, February 10th

Crossword 4,662, 8 Down:
Briefly describing merciless bridge-players (2,6) NO HEARTS

7. Thursday, February 15th

Crossword 4,666, 8 Down:
It’s between two feet (6) STRIDE

8. Friday, February 16th

Crossword 4,667, 21 Down:
Motor degeneration through vegetation (6) CARROT

9. Saturday, February 17th

Crossword 4,668, 16 Down:
Bad men found in wild country and in ships (8) BRIGANDS

10. Monday, February 19th

Crossword 4,669, 18 Down:
Peak fraud in Devon (7) TOPSHAM

Crossword No. 4,735 Published in The Times on Tuesday, 8th May 1945 VE Day marking the end of hostilities in Europe.
&
Crossword No. 4,819 Published in The Times on Wednesday, 15th August 1945 VJ Day marking the end of hostilities in Japan.
You can now solve these crosswords yourself under War Years (see attachments beneath) – DA.

February 1946 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, February 1st

Crossword 4,963, 26 Across:
These songs make one prone to retire colouring (6) LIEDER

2. February

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3. February

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4. February

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10. Thursday, February 28th

Crossword 4,986, 3 Down:
They are not fit to be so called (8) INVALIDS

February 1947 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, February 1st

Crossword 5,272 13 Across:
French baths back (5) NAIVE

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10. Friday, February 28th

Crossword 5,295 25 Down:
Make amends,  — when’s luncheon? (5) ATONE

February 1948 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 2nd

Crossword 5,582, 7 Down:
Sound as a bell in the South Seas (5) ATOLL

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10. Saturday, February 28th

Crossword 5,605, 22 Across:
District in Lower Hants (5,5) NORTH WALES

February 1949 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, February 1st

Crossword 5,892, 11 Down:
The century in the balance? (13) HUNDREDWEIGHT

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10. Monday, February 28th

Crossword 5,915, 15 Down:
A man of parts, no doubt (5) ACTOR

February 1950 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, February 1st

Crossword 6,202 7 Down:
This professional stop-gap looks down in the mouth (7) DENTIST

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10. Tuesday, February 28th

Crossword 6,225 27 Across:
Enough to keep a politician in drink (5) AMPLE

February 1951 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, February 1st

Crossword 6,512, 19 Down:
Pull whither, sailor? (5,2) HEAVE TO

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10. Wednesday, February 28th

Crossword 6,535, 8 Down:
In matron’s embrace I take sides about a mixed cult (13) MATRICULATION

February 1952 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, February 1st

Crossword 6,822, 4 Down:
French shores reached by pigeons (5) COTES

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10. Friday, February 29th

Crossword 6,846, 13 Across:
She doesn’t make a hit, evidently (4) MISS

February 1953 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 2nd

Crossword 7,133, 16 Across:
Clean as a convalescent from measles (8) SPOTLESS

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10. Saturday, February 28th

Crossword 7,156, 14 Across:
She’s minted (4) ANNA

February 1954 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 1st

Crossword 7,442, 1 Across:
Australian folk dancer (8,7) WALTZING MATILDA

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10. Saturday, February 27th

Crossword 7,465, 25 Across:
Earth in most of the ginger at twilight (8) GLOAMING

February 1955 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, February 1st

Crossword, 7,752 10 Down:
I sing of the fire of Rome (5) IGNIS

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10. Monday, February 28th

Crossword, 7,775, 16 Down:
Old sailor shows what to do when bombarded (9) SHELLBACK

February 1956 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, February 1st

Crossword 8,041, 19 Down:
Jumpers popular in Kent (7) HOPPERS

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10. Wednesday, February 29th

Crossword 8,065, 6 Down:
The strength to bowl six balls? (9) OVERPOWER

February 1957 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, February 1st

Crossword 8,352, 17 Across:
A turn for the cat in Puss in Boots (4) STAR

2. February

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10. Thursday, February 28th

Crossword 8,375, 24 Down:
Bite — the dust? (5) ERODE

February 1958 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, February 1st

Crossword 8,662, 8 Down:
Beastly definition of a gander across the border (8) MONGOOSE

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10. Saturday, February 28th

Crossword 8,685, 20 Down:
What’s set out here may be expanded in a few minutes (6) AGENDA

February 1959 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 2nd

Crossword 8,972, 4 Down:
Little adders? (4) TOTS

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10. Saturday, February 28th

Crossword 8,995, 10 Across:
Solemn lemons or melons grow insular (6) LEMNOS

February 1960 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, February 1st

Crossword 9,281 15 Across:
One sting is nothing to this (7) NESTING

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10. Monday, February 29th

Crossword 9,305 11 Across:
Character appearing to have swallowed his half-brother (3,3) ROB ROY

February 1961 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, February 1st

Crossword 9,592, 16 Down:
Make sure his tables are turned (7) ESTABLISH

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10. Tuesday, February 28th

Crossword 9,615, 25 Across:
Otherwise a German river (4) ODER

February 1962 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, February 1st

Crossword 9,902, 13 Across:
Doctor, I have an impulse! (5) DRIVE

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10. Wednesday, February 28th

Crossword 9,925, 1 Across:
Arachnid on the make (5-7) MONEY SPINNER

February 1963 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, February 1st

Crossword 10,212, 21 Down:
The motor I half bought is well equipped with horns (7) CARIBOU

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10. Thursday, February 28th

Crossword 10,235, 13 Across:
Just some water from Cumbrian butter (4) MERE

February 1964 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, February 1st

Crossword 10,522, 13 Across:
Wealthy barmaid (7) PORTIA

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10. Saturday, February 29th

Crossword 10,546, 17 Down:
Could be one of those to be counted (8) BLESSING

December 1965 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, December 1st

Crossword 11,091, 22 Across:
Little brother is among the clinkers back in Glasgow (7) GORBALS

2. Tuesday, December 7th

Crossword 11,096, 1 Across:
“Terriers”? (4,2,3) DOGS OF WAR

3. Wednesday, December 8th

Crossword 11,097,  9 Across:
Is a ram able to produce singers? (8) CANARIES

4. Friday, December 10th

Crossword 11,099, 19 Across:
Money for safari charge account? (5) RHINO

5. Friday, December 10th

Crossword 11,099, 26 Across:
What you will play (7,5) TWELFTH NIGHT

6. Tuesday, December 21st

Crossword 11,108, 27 Across:
Canis (3,5) DOG LATIN

7. Thursday, December 23rd

Crossword 11,110, 11 Across:
Duty that England expected of her country (4,3) LAND TAX

8. Friday, December 24th

Crossword 11,111, 7 Down:
Scoffing at father turning up in a dive (8) DERISIVE

9. Friday, December 31st

Crossword 11,115, 2 Down:
World-makers, all of them (5) SORTS

10. Friday, December 31st

Crossword 11,115, 15 Down:
Does it make aunt eager to buy the washing-machine? (9) GUARANTEE

December 1966 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, December 1st

Crossword 11,401, 21 Across:
No swank about this early record-maker (6) EDISON

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10. Saturday, December 31st

Crossword 11,425, 7 Down:
Wherein to find the young lady of Berne (8) OBERLAND

December 1967 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, December 1st

Crossword 11,711, 13 Across:
No play here (5) JAPAN

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10. Saturday, December 30th

Crossword 11,734, 8 Down:
Block order (6) BEHEAD

December 1968 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, December 2nd

Crossword 12,021, 2 Down:
How is Janus looking? (3-5) TWO-FACED

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10. Tuesday, December 31st

Crossword 12,044, 19 Down:
Is a landau unusual in this part of Spain? (9) ANDALUSIA

December 1969 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, December 1st

Crossword 12,329, 9 Across:
Their aim is to strike gold (7) ARCHERS

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10. Wednesday, December 31st

Crossword 12,353, 13 Across:
A shine’s difficult with this cloth! (7) HESSIAN

December 1970 – Times crosswords

1. Tuesday, December 1st

Crossword 12,635, 1 Across:
What a bluestocking, strikingly, is not (5-3) BLACK-LEG

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10. Thursday, December 31st

Crossword 12,658, 21 Across:
England’s lion proves of sterling worth (4,4) HALL MARK

December 1971 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, December 1st

Crossword 12,937, 24 Across:
Wolf-cry (5,5) FALSE ALARM

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10. Friday, December 31st

Crossword 12,961, 28 Across:
Exalted quality of Münchausen’s stories (8) TALLNESS

December 1972 – Times crosswords

1. Friday, December 1st

Crossword 13,244, 21 Down:
Champion Hen Trophy? (3-3) EGG-CUP

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10. Saturday, December 30th

Crossword 13,266, 11 Across:
Instruction one has in hot weather (6) LESSON

December 1973 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday December 1st

Crossword 13,551, 2 Down:
Asking for batting sheets (7) INQUIRE

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10. Monday December 31st

Crossword 13,574, 15 Across:
Musical passages for beginners? (8) PRELUDES

December 1974 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, December 2nd

Crossword 13,857, 23 Across:
Unwritten rule at Clapham? (6,3) COMMON LAW

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10. Tuesday, December 31st

Crossword 13,880, 7 Down:
Strikes essential for circulation (5-5) HEART-BEATS

December 1975 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, December 1st

Crossword 14,164, 12 Across:
Business as usual? Yes or no (6,4) CLOSED SHOP

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10. Wednesday, December 31st

Crossword 14,188, 30 Across:
A flaming streaker! (6) METEOR

December 1976 – Times crosswords

1. Wednesday, December 1st

Crossword 14,473, 9 Down:
Stage director (8) COACHMAN

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10. Friday, December 31st

Crossword 14,496, 22 Down:
Club porter utterly devoted to tea (5) CADDY

December 1977 – Times crosswords and a gentle extract from a reply to one of my father’s critics during his tenure.

1. Thursday, December 1st

Crossword 14,773, 26 Across:
How players get out (6) EXEUNT

2. Saturday, December 3rd

Crossword 14,775, 4 Down:
If divided we fall — Adam’s did (4) WIFE

3. Saturday, December 3rd

Crossword 14,775, 8 Down:
Brief her to take legal action (5) SUSAN

4. Tuesday, December 6th

Crossword 14,777, 22 Across:
Our obligation (4) ONUS

5. Wednesday, December 7th

Crossword 14,778, 6 Down:
Don’t go out with airmen (6) REMAIN

6. Friday, December 9th

Crossword 14,780, 16 Down:
Describing a standard feature of ancient Rome (8) AQUILINE

7. Saturday, December 10th

Crossword 14,781, 25 Across:
Grace initially embraces, for example, Silas (4) WEGG

8. Friday, December 23rd

Crossword 14,792, 26 Across:
Measure up (6) HEIGHT

9. Wednesday, December 28th

Crossword 14,794, 20 Across:
They are continually on point duty (9) SIGNPOSTS

10. Saturday, December 31st

Crossword 14,797, 12 Across:
Needed for deadlocks? (8,4) SKELETON KEYS

1978 – Problematic year for the publication of Times crosswords. December for the most part was disastrous. We have decided on the highlights from February instead!

1. Wednesday, February 1st

Crossword 14,823, 4 Down:
Norse girl framed? (6) INGRID

2. Friday, February 3rd

Crossword 14,825, 21 Across:
Orando laborando for (not only Rugby) grammarians (7) GERUNDS

3. Tuesday, February 7th

Crossword 14,828, 13 Across:
Cannon Mark Ten? (4) KISS

4. Thursday, February 9th

Crossword 14,830 20 Across:
Henry’s fish-wife done in going to Canterbury (8) PARDONER

5. Monday, February 13th

Crossword 14,833 2 Down:
A crooner fellow in Oxfordshire (8) ABINGDON

6. Wednesday, February 15th

Crossword 14,835, 11 Across:
Thomas R.A. is winner of a local election (12) GAINSBOROUGH

7. Wednesday, February 15th

Crossword 14,835 13 Across:
Force that gives one globe a new shape (6) OBLIGE

8. Wednesday, February 15th

Crossword 14,835 14 Across:
Supervised love poetry in French (8) OVERSEEN

9. Wednesday, February 15th

Crossword 14,835, 17 Down:
Culprit walking the plank? (8) OFFENDER

10. Thursday, February 23rd

Crossword 14,842, 1 Down:
Poet has tea to cure indisposition (7) CHAUCER

December 1979 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, December 1st

Crossword 15,087, 14 Down:
What makes the Arctic so puzzling? (8) ACROSTIC

2. Tuesday, December 4th

Crossword 15,089, 5 Down:
Resort supreme, sea town? Right (6-5-4) WESTON-SUPER-MARE

3. Wednesday, December 5th

Crossword 15,090, 23 Across:
Friar’s bound to be well-known to schoolboy (4-4) TUCK-SHOP

4. Friday, December 7th

Crossword 15,092, 21 Across:
(Sounds like) the last thing done to a new shoe (4) SOLD

5. Tuesday, December 11th

Crossword 15,095, 14 Down:
Rival finds bird dead (7) EMULATE

6. Wednesday, December 12th

Crossword 15,096, 3 Down:
Providing outlook from “Sea View” (3,6) BAY WINDOW

7. Friday, December 14th

Crossword 15,098, 11 Across:
Possessions acquired by breaking the law! (6) WEALTH

8. Monday, December 17th

Crossword 15,100, 1 Across:
Romeo gets nothing right (5) LOVER

9. Thursday, December 20th

Crossword 15,103, 15 Across:
Defence is the business of the world (9) EARTHWORK

10. Monday, December 31st

Crossword 15,110, 27 Across:
Consequences of changes at the farm (9) AFTERMATH

December 1980 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, December 1st

Crossword 15,388, 17 Across:
Lively school-half with zero vandalism (7) SCHERZO

2. Thursday, December 11th

Crossword 15,397, 1 Across:
Following not so quiet penguins perhaps (7) ENSUING

3. Thursday, December 11th

Crossword 15,397, 5 Across:
Hors d’oeuvre at the races? (7) STARTER

4. Friday, December 12th

Crossword 15,398, 2 Down::
Are there seers more elevated than ‘e, say you? (6) ISAIAH

5. Wednesday, December 17th

Crossword 15,402, 10 Across:
Bird needed at bar at opening time (4) CROW

6. Wednesday, December 17th

Crossword 15,402, 26 Across:
Periods of world revolution (4) DAYS

7. Thursday, December 18th

Crossword 15,403, 12 Across:
Ian McRae’s upset the natives (9) AMERICANS

8. Tuesday, December 23rd

Crossword 15,407, 6 Down:
Wine from a Spanish river gets OK in Germany (5) RIOJA

9. Wednesday, December 24th

Crossword 15,408, 4 Down:
Go out like a light (7) RADIATE

10. Wednesday, December 31st

Crossword 15,412, 1 Across:
Lit up new bulb (5) TULIP

December 1981 – Times crosswords – at the end of this year, Edmund Akenhead, wrote the attached Guide to a competition crossword with a sample analysis. I have reproduced the same for your enjoyment under the Akenhead Years – DA

1. Tuesday, December 1st

Crossword 15,694, 8 Down:
Put too much weight on superior accent (10) OVERSTRESS

2. Thursday, December 3rd

Crossword 15,696, 8 Down:
In which a dancer’s ankle was dislocated? (4,4) SWAN LAKE

3. Saturday, December 5th

Crossword 15,698, 1 Across:
In the long run, no honourable revolutionary (5) MARAT

4. Wednesday, December 9th

Crossword 15,701, 18 Down:
Bit of a fall in the dinar or possibly the penny (8) RAINDROP

5. Thursday, December 10th

Crossword 15,702, 5 Down:
How one can use a brogue to say the wrong thing (3,4,4,2,2) PUT ONE’S FOOT IN IT

6. Monday, December 14th

Crossword 15,705, 1 Across:
Quiet times for bookmakers (5) PAGES

7. Tuesday, December 15th

Crossword 15,706, 6 Across:
Term equivalent to a score of forty (4) HALF

8. Wednesday, December 16th

Crossword 15,707, 1 Across:
Garment for the Race of Man (7) DOUBLET

9. Monday, December 21st

Crossword 15,711, 16 Down:
Make a great fuss, as Eve had to do? (5,4) RAISE CAIN

10. Thursday, December 31st

Crossword 15,718, 6 Down:
Speech from “Love on the dole” (7) ORATION

December 1982 – Times crosswords were limited to 20th December due to industrial action. Despite the challenges, Edmund Akenhead produced some classic clues.

1. Wednesday, December 1st

Crossword 16,000, 22 Across:
Rover on land or sea (5) TRAMP

2. Tuesday, December 7th

Crossword 16,005, 12 Across:
Editors hold new leader over (5) ENDED

3. Tuesday, December 7th

Crossword 16,005, 25 Across:
Supporter of present Queen (8) SECONDER

4. Tuesday, December 7th

Crossword 16,005, 8 Down:
Hardly one’s best suit in whist! Or cricket game (8) SHORTEST

5. Tuesday, December 7th

Crossword 16,005, 22 Down:
In which Berliners soak? (5) SPREE (auf trinken! v. UK pub crawl)

6. Wednesday, December 8th

Crossword 16,006, 13 Across:
Premises used by Holmes, for instance (4) DATA

7. Wednesday, December 8th

Crossword 16,006, 26 Across: (contribution by DA)
“Madam, I’m Adam” — the world’s first? (10) PALINDROME

8. Saturday, December 11th

Crossword 16,009, 21 Across:
Advantage point in a tennis match (5) ASSET

9. Monday, December 13th

Crossword 16,010, 6 Down:
Subject of Lawrence’s letters about border (5) THEME

10. Monday, December 20th

Crossword 16,016, 8 Down:
River crossing made by eight (8) CAMBRIDGE

December 1983 – Times crosswords

1. Thursday, December 1st

Crossword 16,298, 5 Down:
Proposition for Merioneth not in order (7) THEOREM

2. Wednesday, December 7th

Crossword 16,303, 12 Across:
Springs on church cup (7) CHALICE

3. Friday, December 9th

Crossword 16,305, 13 Across:
Poor liar to be source of intelligence for Shylock (6) RIALTO

4. Monday, December 12th

Crossword 16,307, 1 Down:
A drawing instrument (9) CORKSCREW

5. Wednesday, December 14th

Crossword 16,309, 10 Across:
Regret not shifting car into reverse, he tells us (9) RACONTEUR

6. Friday, December 16th

Crossword 16,311, 14 Across:
One very rich sucrose mixture (7) CROESUS

7. Saturday, December 17th

Crossword 16,312, 5 Down:
Point of balance — in the middle of mass? (6,2,7) CENTRE OF GRAVITY

8. Thursday, December 22nd

Crossword 16,316, 18 Down:
Fabric of type rats ruin (or moths?) (8) TAPESTRY

9. Wednesday, December 28th

Crossword 16,320, 26 Across:
Revolver charged? (8) ELECTRON

10. Saturday, December 31st

Crossword 16,323, 10 Across:
Fellows fighting — like Lion and Unicorn? (8-2-4) COMRADES-IN-ARMS

December 1984 – Times crosswords

1. Saturday, December 1st

Crossword 16,600, 6 Down:
Timber! Warning cry covers road and rail (8) FORESTRY

2. Monday, December 3rd

Crossword 16,601, 14 Across:
Nail to cross in Yorkshire (8) BRADFORD

3. Tuesday, December 4th

Crossword 16,602, 14 Down:
As of old, he unfolds a story (9) FALSEHOOD

4. Wednesday, December 5th

Crossword 16,603, 12 Across:
Happy to be one of this beauty queen’s associates (4,5) SNOW WHITE

5. Monday, December 10th

Crossword 16,607, 27 Across:
He who deserves a pound from a novice (6) EARNER

6. Tuesday, December 11th

Crossword 16,608, 5 Down:
Armed alliance to regularize foreseeable issue (7,7) SHOTGUN WEDDING

7. Tuesday, December 18th

Crossword 16,614, 17 Down:
Increase urgency where presidents dominate the scene (8) RUSHMORE

8. Saturday, December 22nd

Crossword 16,618, 29 Across:
Oddly Crete not Italy gave us this art style (8) TRECENTO

9. Monday, December 24th

Crossword 16,619, 4 Down:
Lack of water around Aden damaged a warship (11) DREADNOUGHT

10. Monday, December 31st

Crossword 16,623, 1 Across:
Stormy Atlantic is one scourge of sailors (3-1-4-5) CAT-‘O-NINE-TAILS

December 1985 – Times crosswords

1. Monday, December 2nd

Crossword 16,909, 29 Across:
Cunning of little significance outside Gravesend (7) SLEIGHT

 2. Tuesday, December 3rd

Crossword 16,910, 5 Down:
Staff of newspaper in Shanghai? (5-4) PRESS-GANG

3. Thursday, December 5th

Crossword 16,912, 6 Down:
A Manx cat having lost one of its nine lives? (7) OCTOPUS

4. Monday, December 9th

Crossword 16,915, 13 Across:
What host can make such an appeal? (4,4) HOW’S THAT

5. Wednesday, December 11th

Crossword 16,917, 22 Down:
Spinner gives potter a rest (6) SPIDER

6. Thursday, December 12th

Crossword 16,918, 8 Down:
The beauty of Italy grows somewhat deadly (10) BELLADONNA

7. Monday, December 16th

Crossword 16,921, 14 Across:
Stateliest of homes expels one comrade (3) PAL

8. Thursday, December 19th

Crossword 16,924, 7 Down:
Having no defence, half the members are gone (7) UNARMED

9. Saturday, December 21st

Crossword 16,926, 6 Down:
In bed it helps a woman (5) EDITH

10. Friday, December 27th

Crossword 16,929, 27 Across:
Become old-fashioned and perhaps steady (4) DATE

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