Hi everyone, I hope this blog finds you well. I haven’t managed to so much as look at TfTT for some time, but it’s not because I don’t love you! I’ve been busy with the day job, juggling two separate roles (neither of which involves actual juggling, mercifully). It looks like all this may be keeping me busy for some months to come, but I do hope to manage to fit in a few more crosswords before the year is out …
I was hoping for a gentle puzzle and this one fit the bill nicely, everything slipping in without much trouble in around 45 minutes (I’m no speedster). I learnt a few bits and pieces, but any checking/investigation could wait until after the solve, which always increases the satisfaction for me. I haven’t identified any clues for special mention, but if I’ve failed to highlight a gem worthy of comment, the comments section is just the place to rectify that!
9a reminded me of something I’ve thought for a while, namely that I think there is now a good argument for allowing deceptive decapitalisation in clues. Certainly of names, for which there is a growing tendency for people to use lower case informally – just look below the line on a more commented-upon post! Instant messaging has also resulted in a trend towards the uncapitalised (bucked a little by autocorrect). I wouldn’t expect to see it first in the Times, but I wonder whether we might find this happening somewhere soon.
Enough blathering from me. With thanks to the setter for the entertainment, onwards to the clues.
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