COVENT GARDEN CONUNDRUMS

Puzzle expert John Foley gets the juices flowing

BONUS POINTS: Solve the clues then unscramble the shaded letters
to reveal a favourite Covent Garden character (5, 9)

ACROSS
4. American cream … (3)
6. Portuguese quince (7)
8. Northern pudding (9)
9. Peel for flavouring (4)
12. Spud purée (4)
14. Offal or awful? (10)
17. Fluffy egg white & sugar (7)
18. Bad actor – or pig meat (3)
19. Type of beer (3)
20. Crème anglaise (7)

DOWN
1. Rollmop fish (8)
2. Good beer promoter (5)
3. Afters – or before the cheese? (7)
4. 19 is fermented in these (5)
7. Shellfish – once poor man’s food (6)
8. Fermentation organism (5)
10. And 15 Actress cake baker (4, 5)
11. Parsley, sage, rosemary and … (5)
13. See 16
15. See 10
16. And 13 Charles II’s orange girl (4, 5)

(With the exception of clue 11 all words and names appear in the issue)

Puzzle answers
Across: 4. pie; 6. marmelo; 8. Yorkshire; 9. zest; 12. mash; 14. sweetmeats; 17. meringue; 18. ham; 19. ale; 20. custard (7)

Down: 1. herrings; 2. Camra; 3. dessert; 5. casks; 7. oyster; 8. yeast; 10. Jane; 11. thyme; 13. Gwynn; 15. Asher; 16. Nell

Unscrambled letters answer: Eliza Doolittle