I was very in tune with Phil J’s view of what makes a good puzzle: Why do people do the Times Crossword? My personal expectation is to find cleverness, trickery, misdirection, and humour — all of these factors being produced in a manner that provides enjoyment. Exactly.
This week was fun. It had nothing beyond our ken, although the diamond facet at 11ac was a new thing to me. FOI was 1ac, leading quickly to 1dn, 2dn and 3dn – a gentle start! The pad at 15ac eluded me for a while. My clue of the day was the delightful 16dn.
Thanks, setter – a very enjoyable puzzle. How did you all get on?
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