A bit of half-term holiday history fun!

Thanks to Henry Walton, Head of Humanities at Manor CE in York (@HenryWalton5) for collating these history cryptic crossword clues. Cryptic crosswords are a bit like marmite – some history teachers just don’t get the excitement, other history teachers love ’em. Why not have a go? The answers are at the bottom – no peaking! Happy half-term – with apologies to the minority who had half term last week – and good wishes to all from #OBHD!

Clues: 
  1. Appliance as it should be without French President (8)
  2. But we must supplant President’s last love (7)
  3. Hamper not going north with polar explorer (10)
  4. Roosevelt settled for Republican surveying device (10)
  5. Technocrat redesigned form of protection (6,4)
  6. Favourite leader’s lost weight where some US VIPs have gained stones (9)
  7. Current tests pushed back repressive force (5)
  8. Solver’s received affection, speaking out for English partisan (7)
  9. President that’s kind of green (7)
  10. In battle with airline I get in the final word (2,7)
  11. Where soldiers were ordered to go too much (4,3,3)
  12. US President in dispute, PM joining club (7,6)
  13. House given a choice of sturdy or weak foundations (4)
  14. Malevolent character, US President once on board (5)
  15. Corsican holding up a toff, left without diamonds (9)
  16. It’s nice to see president and disgraced royal in conversation (3,5)
  17. Singer fine with drugs? They have reservations (8)
  18. Everyone held back by master, a 14th-century reformer (7)
  19. Conflict provided communist leader with a world unsettled (4,3)
  20. Medieval banquet might add to it (6,3,6)
  21. Part of Venezuela due for uprising, like most of Europe once (6)
  22. They entertain camp old soldiers (8)
  23. Wore bra uncomfortably in fight (4,3)
  24. Speared by Zulu, the rancorous Protestant (8)
  25. Date of historic score with combination of sixes (8,6)
  26. Iron hook smashed large stone (3-1-4)
  27. Political theory backing strike – is money after a vote? (7)
  28. President exchanges vote for new fabric (5)
  29. Pro-Democrat President (4)
  30. Primarily, ancient Royal Marines’ adversaries Drake annihilated? (6)
  31. To ridicule the French, Trump recalled battle they lost (9)
  32. Extended courtesy for killer at Agincourt (7)
  33. What Mussolini’s supporters were to bring about (7)
  34. Like William Wallace’s outdated tax, this is complicated (8)
  35. Gangster stole one (8)
  36. Was every sane soldier ultimately involved in it? (5,5,3)
  37. Inca dances, led by bird, that didn’t go down well (7)
  38. Line taken by a king that was shot at Agincourt (5)
  39. Parliamentarians were on one side of this chair, swivelling round (7,5,3)
  40. It spells end of vegetation when put on a tree (6)
  41. She inspired historians starting to chart life at Oxford (4)
  42. Member of an old empire, preserved (5)
  43. Sultan leaves home (7)
  44. Stoppage in force once beginning to show (6)
  45. Millions take in an unspecified battle (5)
  46. Child tracks men on foot (8)
  47. Zeppelin songs extremely cool (7)
  48. Historian, a big swinger (6)
  49. Waste time in oubliette (7)
  50. Battle ground (8,6)
  51. Number of fashion items in Mary Quant’s era (7)
  52. Late battle unfinished, one gutted about it (7)
  53. Thatcher’s rival so-called? Leading rebel (5)
  54. Soldier of the Great War, ex-Tory MP in rendition of Let It Be (3, 12)
  55. What’s maybe experienced by impatient practical joker in military retreat (4,5)
  56. He generates huge interest seizing power – Richard III? (7)
  57. Pacifist elements of Goring and Himmler (6)
  58. Does Dylan’s composition, Times Past (5,4)
  59. A brother we shot in turn-of-century conflict (3,4,3)
  60. Rustic East Anglian leaders wear peculiar pants (7)

Solutions:

  1. Coolidge
  2. However
  3. Shackleton
  4. Theodolite 
  5. Trench coat
  6. Arlington
  7. Stasi
  8. Yorkist
  9. Lincoln
  10. El Alamein
  11. Over the top
  12. Woodrow Wilson
  13. York
  14. Sikes
  15. Bonaparte
  16. Eye candy
  17. Cherokee
  18. Lollard
  19. Cold War
  20. Middle Age Spread
  21. Feudal
  22. Redcoats
  23. Boer War
  24. Lutheran
  25. Eighteen twelve
  26. Koh-i-noor
  27. Marxism
  28. Ninon
  29. Ford
  30. Armada
  31. Trafalgar
  32. Longbow
  33. Produce
  34. Scottish
  35. Scarface
  36. Seven Years War
  37. Titanic
  38. Arrow
  39. English Civil War
  40. Napalm
  41. Clio 
  42. Incan
  43. Saladin
  44. Stasis
  45. Somme
  46. Infantry
  47. Airship
  48. Gibbon
  49. Dungeon
  50. Stamford Bridge
  51. Sixties
  52. Overdue
  53. Tyler
  54. Old Contemptible
  55. Long March
  56. Usurper
  57. Gandhi
  58. Olden days
  59. The Boer War
  60. Peasant

(Image thanks: https://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_gibson/37782558012)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: