Failed on 8a, 10a and 1d.

Thanks to the Don and to DT for the review. ]]>

I’m sorry but you are very wrong. As a mathematician I can tell you that transcendental numbers are numbers which cannot be written down as a decimal or any other kind of fraction, only approximated. Examples are π, which is definitely not 22/7, and e, the base of natural logarithms. A quick look in the BRB would have told you that a transcendental number is “A number that is not a root of any algebraic equation with integral coefficients” – I think my definition is easier to understand, if not strictly correct. Note that this is not the same as an imaginary number such as i, the square root of -1, or an irrational number, such as the square root of 2.

]]>Had to do a bit of Googling to get the artist, revolutionary and mathematician but hey, it all adds to the fund of knowledge required for our local pub quiz.

I liked 17a and 30a is fun.

A challenging crossword but enjoyable as ever. Many thanks to the esteemed setter and to Deep Threat although If we never see the picture for 10a again then that’s OK with me! ]]>

A pleasure to solve.

Thanks Giovanni and DT. ]]>

That’s as clear as mud to me… ]]>

I needed Google to confirm the mathematician.

After staring at 20a for as long as it took to solve the rest of the puzzle, I threw in the towel.

Fave was 13d with 9a following close behind.

Thanks to Giovanni and to Deep Threat. ]]>

Thanks to Giovanni, and to DT for the review. ]]>

I got completely stuck with my last few answers and never did get 20a or 4d.

I spotted 13d from the letters already in and then worked out why.

I did like 5d – a cricketer that even I’ve heard of.

Thought that the clue for 22a was very topical.

I liked 25a and 15 and 21d. My favourite was 9a.

Thanks to Giovanni and to DT. ]]>

Our favourite crossword cat (other than Kitty and Mr Kitty of course!) made another appearance at 16a, and 13d revived memories of the discussion a couple of months back as to whether “house” and “zodiac sign” were synonymous or not.

Thanks to Giovanni and to DT, and a good weekend to all.

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I find Giovanni’s work as others find Ray T, all a question of wavelengths. I obviously don’t have the right mindset to cope with the latter as yesterday’s offering showed.

The COTD for me was 9a but 5d was special having met the great man, a true gentleman.

Thx to all ]]>

Thanks to Giovanni and DT.

]]>We liked 17a. Imagine my explaining to Mrs Sheffieldsy that Sobers could bowl three different styles and one was a Chinaman!

Thanks DT and DG.

]]>Thanks to Giovanni and DT too

]]>Thanks to The Don and DT.

]]>Take the word formed by those last 4 letters and look it up in the BRB – there’s the answer to your question! ]]>

Thankfully, I guessed the answer to 13d – not sure that I would have worked it out from the wordplay had I not known the word.

I wasn’t very comfortable with the ending of 12d – anyone else have the same thought?

Having said all that, there was a good smattering of humour to lighten the proceedings – I particularly liked 25&30a plus 3&5d.

Thanks to DG and especially to DT for a great blog. Even a non-cricket fan like myself could appreciate the Midas touch of 5d and the clip of modern day 11a’s was a revelation – they used to be dancers, not acrobats!

]]>I didn’t like 4d, 10a or 20a.

Thanks to G and DT. ]]>

Favourite – pick one from 9a, 17a, 29a, 5d, and 21d, and probably a few more but my eyes were almost closed when I was making selections last night.

Thanks to Mr Manley and DT.

]]>Thanks to Giovanni, particularly for the good bits, and to DT. ]]>