I’ve been working my way through last week’s crossword puzzle; as usual I dashed through it and filled in all but about fifteen of the sixty odd clues – I don’t mean the clues were odd, although some of them were, I mean there were roughly sixty of them. Some I got straight away because I knew the answers, some I worked out by letters which appeared from other answers and it was a case of filling in the blanks – not guessing, but working out the answer.
Then there were the clues which I eventually got by trawling my memory banks and sudden flashes of inspiration or realisation – usually my realisation is that I’ve misread the clue and the answer is patently obvious! So I am now left with a few, and a couple of them I know – but cannot even after nearly a week recall. Here they are:
- 1st Earl of ———, title of Edward Hyde, adviser to Charles II, and Mary II and Queen Anne’s maternal grandfather (no idea)
- Pen name of the author of the Jack Reacher novels (I’ve never read any but I do know who it is… if only I could Bremen!)nd the since re-built Bank of England; knighted in 1831, he was the son of a bricklayer (was it Scott? Or Pugin?)
- Former world no. 1 tennis player who coached Roger Federer for two years (I have no interest in tennis at all, but even so, I feel I should know this)
- Nymph of a dragonfly or damselfly (I don’t know it but I think when I find out what the answer is there will be some bells ringing!)
- Album released by Queen in 1991 with J.J. Grandville’s illustration Juggler of the Universes as its cover art. (absolutely no idea, and won’t know it when I find out what it is. I only know Queen’s popular song)
- Alpine primula known as bear’s ear (not a single clue!)
I think I may have to admit defeat… I think I may have to look them up, but I won’t fill in the blanks – because that would be cheating!
My featured image is reflections of clouds – the answer to 13 across, with four main types, cirrus, cumulus, nimbus and stratus, meteorological masses used to predict the weather and studied in nephology.