Welcome to Wellington Anniversary weekend, when we get an extra day off work to sit at home and watch gales and rain go by. I get some time to sort out some puzzles, and put up one on the site – this time it’s a 1991 puzzle from The European. This was a cryptic puzzle from a newspaper designed to cater for the emerging Euro-consensus. No, Brexit is not among the answers.
We may have storms in unusually high quantities, but we’ve also had the gales without the rain, so a fair bit of sunshine too. Which means (with another nod to the current situation in Europe) – courgettes!
The big fellow – now chopped up and roasting next to a chicken in that very Romertopf – is 25cm long. Inside every courgette is a marrow striving to escape, and this one nearly made it. We can barely keep up with the output of one plant, so why we planted five is a bit of a mystery. Chocolate cake, probably (yes, really – astonishingly good as a source of moistness). If it’s any consolation, we can’t grow spinach either.
As for puzzles during the next fortnight, you will find a Times Quick on the last day of January, and a Jumbo on the first Saturday of February (which I will prod you about next time). APEX cluewriters who haven’t sent me a clue (and, to be fair, those whose clues I’ve lost – it happens) will be receiving a gentle reminder in the course of this week – unless they act on this mention.