"Dramatic princess entertaining a president (6 letters)"
Can any one help? According to my cross-word cheat book there are no words with R?A?A? so it could be a proper name. . . .
(The three letters R, A, and A do seem reliable; the R comes from "Contact criminal to provide exclusive protection (4,5)" - ring-fence; the first A comes from "Sound broadcast in Scottish port (3)" - Ayr; and the second A from "Eg long jumper, floppy hat, and ultimately kit in general (7)" - athlete.)
I do not find cross-word puzzles easy, but usually I can solve the majority of the clues after simply staring at them for a few days. This one though is quite exceptional because I have been staring at it at odd moments for a fortnight and see no way to get any further forward. So I throw it open to our clever members and readers. Any ideas?
18 down should be "something run."
16 down might be "Coriolis": "Designates the effect whereby a body moving relative to a rotating frame of reference is accelerated in that frame in a direction perpendicular both to its direction of motion and to the axis of rotation of the frame. . . . After pointing out the lack of evidence for, and the difficulties confronting, any magnetic theory of bird direction-finding, he proceeds to discuss the possibility that the perception of a Coriolis force, generated by the rotation of the earth, might provide the basis for an explanation." But where is the "investigator" and the "shot in the arm"?
22 across could be "something livery" - but again, what, and why?
5 across is possibly "hot spa" with "ho" being some biblical book, but is "pa" an "activity centre"?
Having persevered with this for about two months, I can now present the completed puzzle. There are many Englishmen who can do one of these during a single journey from Dorking to Waterloo. "Milk run" was one sticking point; also "look lively." And I did not find the word "belter" (ten across) in the sense "something outstanding or strikingly good or bad" until I consulted the Chambers.