Greetings from the Calder Valley. It’s time for the Friday Mental Massage and Notabilis is our tormentor today, which always ensures a good battle. No disappointment today but we do seem to have a thespian theme to the puzzle today. The puzzle does have a Nina (hidden message) running round the perimeter, but I can’t think of a link to the four words produced.
Incidentally, I hope you managed to catch this week’s Desert Island Discs which featured the Guardian’s doyen of the puzzle Araucaria. A wonderful listen and still available via the BBC iPlayer.
Today’s Giovanni is not the most difficult Friday puzzle ever and it has lots and lots of proper names. Let us know how you found it in a comment.
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The Saturday Mysteron once again produced one of their crosswords where it seemed to take ages for the pennies to drop and the clues to be solved, but, in the end, everything fell into place in my usual Saturday solving time. Thanks once again to the Mysteron for a nice Prize Puzzle – my favourite clues are marked in blue.