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And now for something completely different

by Rob Cuthbert

This cryptic crossword is offered as a diversion for the longueurs of lockdown – familiarity with SRHE and its journals, SRHE News and Blog will be a big advantage, perhaps even essential. There are some proper names; other words are in any good dictionary (Chambers, of course, is recommended). Cryptic clues follow Ximenean principles, except for some liberties taken with capital letters.

Celtic Manor is the venue of the Society’s annual Research Conference and its Newer Researchers Conference.

Email your solution to Rob.Cuthbert@uwe.ac.uk. The Society will offer a meagre prize (to SRHE members) for the first correct solution drawn after 1 May 2020. The solution will appear in the next issue of SRHE News, July 2020. If you can’t wait that long, email Rob.Cuthbert@uwe.ac.uk after 1 May for solution and explanations.

To download an editable version of this crossword click here.

Across

1. Good place for informal conference? Perhaps this conflates prior muddled papers, if for Celtic Manor. (8)

5.  Earning gain? Most universities are not for this. (6)

10. Beginning translation of new academic literature – some languages are like this. (5)

11. Problem with just deserts? Can’t see anything in this. (9)

12. Middlehurst, for one, could not be this talented sidekick. (3,6)

13. Yearly publication loses one article – strike it from the record. (5)

14. With drink at stake he might take the case. (7)

16. The velocity you need to get away from appearing before committee, perhaps. (6)

18. Put in, continuing to bat endlessly. (6)

20. Scottish tutor takes notes, German one withdraws. (7)

22. Could be hurried literature search in Winchester, for example. (5)

23. Number, many in this way behind the scenes. (3,2,4)

25. Takes out one of the Society’s publications. (9)

26. How bald man thinks about barnet, eg Ron, perhaps. (5)

27. Editor works in Dublin and studies in higher education. (6)

28. The Sun, for example, allows newer researchers to shine. (8)

Down

1. Shirker responsible for all of this. (8)

2. Starting Magdalen College’s new academic year, in Greenwich meantime? (5)

3. Researching FHE? Hotel, flowers – for celebration at Celtic Manor. (6,2,3,4)

4. Live outside university – that makes a difference. (7)

6. What could this person possibly arrange? Search me! (8,7)

7. Disapprove of grown-up on losing head after fight starts. (5,4)

8. US university always in the news. (6)

9. European at trans-national university comes up with something like fake news. (6)

15. Politicians’ policies prove nothing. (9)

17. Old boys getting together to promote special interests, that’s how society is organised. (8)

19. New York and California university merger restructuring, that’s madness. (6)

20. What might be held by 6dn, from which others make deductions. (4,3)

21. Society’s view of a number of 3dns could be a matter of course. (6)

24. Helping to go round without disc. (5)

Rob Cuthbert is editor of SRHE News and Blog.