John Pidgeon (Petitjean to Toughie fans, all manner of names to Cryptic solvers) will be running a series of Thursday morning crossword workshops in the village of Bridge, three miles from Canterbury, from October 11th. Lifelong solvers and novices will be equally welcome at these get-togethers, where John’s aim will be to improve your recognition of various types of clues, help you spot setters’ sleight of hand, and get you more quickly to the right answer.
Whodunit?? It was that Elgar, m’Lud, and he was wearing his full Vlad the Impaler outfit, complete with new hob-nailed boots and a large pointed stake, and he had the scariest wicked glint in his eye….!
I didn’t think I could possibly solve a crossword quicker than a time I am not allowed to mention here, but Saturday morning proved that apparently I can. The perfect puzzle for what was supposedly the last nice day of the summer, a quick solve and then out to enjoy some lovely sunshine.
Firstly thanks to BigDave for covering for me on Wednesday (busy week for him!).
This started off quite easily on the left side, but stalled a bit, but not much, with the remainder. I would therefore give it a 2-2.5* for difficulty, and 3* for enjoyment, with the caveat that these are always subjective. Thank you to setter. Definitions are underlined in the clues. “[xxx]” denotes a synonym or equivalent to “xxx”.