The Times Specialist Crossword Puzzle Answers for January 3, 2021

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“How doth the little busy ___ / Improve each shining hour” (Isaac Watts) View Answer
“On all sides they are guarded by masses of armed men, cannons, ____, fortifications, and the like” (Winston Churchill, on dictators) View Answer
“Writing fiction for money is ____” (Stephen King) View Answer
A “lady” in a misheard 17th-century ballad, now a name for misheard words, especially in song lyrics View Answer
A ballroom dance which is also a Genesis album title View Answer
A curse or malevolent force, or the amulet supposed to protect against it View Answer
A human vein included in a well-known English idiom View Answer
A small boat View Answer
A waitress in the J Lyons & Co chain of tea shops and cafés in London View Answer
Actor who played Mr Hedges in ITV’s Please Sir! View Answer
Anthony ____ directed and acted in Shakespeare plays before acting in films in the late 1950s and the 1960s View Answer
As often spelled, Marilyn Monroe’s previous name View Answer
Character played by David Jason in Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic View Answer
Charles ____’s best-known work is the historical novel The Cloister and the Hearth View Answer
Chekhov play, reworking his earlier The Wood Demon View Answer
Court ____s are not normally worn for tennis View Answer
Cricket fielding position, often taken by a captain View Answer
Dava Sobel’s Longitude was about the horologist John ____ View Answer
Developed vetting is the highest level of ____ in work for the UK government View Answer
Ed Begley played ____ 10 in 12 Angry Men View Answer
Experimentation to test opinion View Answer
Forkietail and clipshears are dialect names for this insect View Answer
George Bernard Shaw play, strongly influenced by Anton Chekhov View Answer
Henri ____ was a leading photojournalist, using candid photography View Answer
Henry Wood’s first Promenade Concert in 1895 began with the national anthem and Wagner’s ____ overture View Answer
Historic demonstration of reverence in eastern Asia View Answer
Historically, beer brewed without hops View Answer
Historically, Devil’s Island or Norfolk Island View Answer
In a French household, this is a “gant de four” View Answer
In maths, the union of A with the ____ is A View Answer
Informally, a western film View Answer
Inspector played by Martin Shaw in a BBC television series View Answer
Jimmy ____ played a headmaster in the BBC’s Whack-O! sitcom View Answer
Kyrzbekistan or San Serriffe View Answer
Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 sculpture Fountain featured a ____ View Answer
Of a person, weak or ineffectual View Answer
One name for the red and white headgear accompanying a famous fictional cat’s bow tie View Answer
Sculptor specialising in public art, whose works appear on pages 24 and 25 of series B UK passports, issued 2015-2020 View Answer
Site of the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatre View Answer
Small bird, also called hedge sparrow View Answer
Southeastern area which supplied most of Britain’s iron until coke became a key part of the ironmaking process View Answer
The nationality of the composer Arvo Pärt View Answer
The palaeolithic, mesolithic and neolithic periods View Answer
The words starting Genesis in the King James Bible View Answer
Title and main character of Anne Brontë’s first published novel View Answer
To be in the arms of Morpheus View Answer
Type of unglazed pottery, often in Wedgwood blue View Answer
Waste produced in the smelting or refining of ore View Answer
Women’s Olympic 200m and 400m champion in 1996 View Answer

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