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Crosswords Nov 11

Believe it or not, there is a certain amount of humour in cryptic crosswords. Take yesterday’s Guardian puzzle by top setter Araucaria. 24 across read

A lesser figure in Jude the Obscure – have you read this somewhere before? (4,2)

The answer was “d&eacutej&agrave vu”.

On the bus this morning, I had a quick look at Paul’s puzzle in today’s paper and was amused to see 24 across:

A lesser figure in Jude the Obscure – have you read this somewhere before? (4,2)

The good, the bad and the musical Nov 09

Been too busy to blog properly, not least thanks to my horrendous train journeys recently. Time to sum up the last week or so.

The re-election of That Man
The death of the Emperor John Peel
Getting a cold (cough, cough)
Intercity train journeys

Blackheath fireworks
New job
The Guardian and Observer cryptic crosswords
Savoury pancakes

Also good was the performance of The Phantom of the Opera I saw at the weekend in the West End. Only my third trip to a musical but well worth it. The staging was fantastic: inventive, stylistic and technically accomplished. The performances were uniformly top notch and the songs and score were as good as their reputation suggests. I was slightly disappointed that the ending was a little more upbeat than, say, the Lon Chaney film, but that barely detracted from the overall production.

Defeating Logodaedalus Jul 22

Bow down before me, puny mortals (except maybe Ian from Memory Bank) for I have completed the Grauniad crossword!

I picked up my paper at lunchtime and it confirmed that my answers to yesterday’s cryptic crossword were correct. I did it on the train back from Bristol with no help from dictionaries, Google or online crossword solvers. At this rate, I might manage such a feat again early in 2005.

It’s Araucaria today so I have little hope of progressing beyond the two clues I’ve solved so far.