The puzzle marked the centenary of the first crossword, created by ARTHUR WYNNE for the NEW YORK WORLD of 21 December 1913.
14a/15d: TITLED; tit led; Navigating; DEE; dee(p)
8a/1d: LUDWIG; lud wig; Exonerated; VLADIMIR; dim in anag.
11a/2d: CRINIGEROUS; I in cringe + rous(e); With; FOODIE; foo(l) die
26a/19d: THULIA; anag. + lia(r); Yarn; ISA; as I (rev.)
25a/4d: TRANSLUCENT; anag. In n,n in trat; Occupied; NOELLE; no Elle
21a/10d: NEO-CATHOLIC; anag; Rebuked; FULANI; anag. – P
2a/3d: NEUME; neu M E; FUN; fun(d)
22d/23d: TSETSE; sets in T,E; Knowing; AIOLI; ol(d) in a II
16a/12d: CORNEL; corn el; Want; RENTER; r + anag. inc. n
24a/9d: LIFEHOLD; F + anag. in lid; Of; LEISURED; sure in anag.
13a/13d: BEEFS; f in bees; Regarding; BOA; boa(r)
6a/5d: GROW UP; row in gup; Likely; SPIRIT WORLD; I in trips (rev.) + L in word
17a/7d: THAMES; h in tames; Daring; PROTHYLE; thy in prole
There was general agreement that ARTHUR WYNNE did not provide a friendly set of letters to clue. So congratulations to the winners below:
1st New York World’s first – and rather “fun” – puzzle? Fellow recalled for such (Richard Heald)
2nd What merry fun I began originally, though denied big fame cruelly (Mark Goodliffe)
3rd Losing head, unwary hunter shot setter (Michael MacDonald-Cooper)
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