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DT 29677

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29677

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Hola from the Vega Baja where the weather has been a bit crazy.  Unseasonably hot and yesterday the temperature rose to 36°C.  Ridiculous for mid-May.  Fortunately today’s forecast is for a more usual 24°C.  On the Covid front both pommette and I have had our first jabs of the Pfizer stuff and are due our second dose soon, me next week and pommette the week after.   The state of alarm in Spain ended last weekend so a lot of the restrictions have been lifted and we’ve been able to visit our apartment in Murcia. I just hope it isn’t too much too soon.  The week before last there were zero Covid related admissions to the Vega Baja hospital and Communitat Valenciana has the lowest infection rate is Spain. It would be a shame to ruin all that progress by being too precipitate. 

As to the crossword, well what can I say.  It was the usual Monday elegance but I did something I’ve not managed to do for quite some time – I simply solved every clue in order, starting at 1a and ending at 22d.  Having done that how can I give more than one star for difficulty?
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