Prize Puzzle February 2017
Nicene Creed by Flowerman – Solution

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Theme: 1ac, 50ac = EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING

Four undefined clues: 11d, 13d, 17d, & 20d. Their answers are names of clouds. These need to be lined with silver (Ag) before entry, so entries are: NIM(AG)BUS, STR(AG)ATUS, CUM(AG)ULUS, & CIR(AG)RUS

Final solution: In grid are two cloud forms which don’t have a silver lining: ANVIL & ROLL. (Relevant meanings of these words not in Chambers.)

Title interpretation: A “creed” that every cloud has a silver lining as exemplified by the silvery element Cerium (Ce) lining Nine (as in “cloud nine”).
Explanations
[* = anagram; lower case = deletions; < = reversal]
Across
8. S in REAL<
10. DA(w/R)N
12. sOARS
14. GarrIGUE
15. duGITE
17. CONgiI
18. IDE + A
19. NAM< + OR
21. (A ..R ..L ..N ..U)*
22. dd
23. MOSsad + CIA<
24. (GOOD D)*
26. ArMOUR
28. TAPe
30. BULLy + A
31. G + NA(W)N
33. dd
35. oUMA
37. O + GIVE
41. EMU in L + R
42. Hidden word <
43. edamAMES
44. GUNS<
45. mEN + VOId
47. SOrrY + A
48. h,asSLED
49. (E hAVEN)*

Down
1. MiLE<
2. GAVe< + O + TOmMY
3. EIGER<
4. P in LEAL<
5. G shifted down in GORAN
6. DO + DRAT<
7. cARSON
9. (SUN IS)<
10. wEeD in DUCT
11. N + SUBMIt< #AG
13. U in STRAiTS #AG
16. LORNE<
17. sCUM + zULUS #AG
20. (I + …R) in CRUSh #AG
24. DANg
25. (ALPINE BEe)*
27. Letters of OGAMS mixed with client gives most angelic
29. PoRE + M.ED.
32. UN in NOrmAL
34. M in NOEL<
36. (SOME + M)<
38. sINGLE
39. VILlagER
40. HAVE + ..N
46. PEGhs

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