Sunday, September 20, 2009
Electrical storm leaves me puzzled
We had a wonderful storm earlier this week. Rolling thunder and non stop lightning that lit up the church opposite so that it looked like something out of a horror movie.
Torrential rain too which is good for my melons.... but I digress.
One of the side effects was that we were without electricity for a whole morning. What an eye opener.
I simply couldn't work. No computers, no internet and no telephone line (it all comes through the livebox). Of course I could have done some filing but why break the habit of a lifetime.
After scratching my head for half an hour I decided that the only thing to do was to pop down to Jarnac and invest €3.20 in a Daily Telegraph and spend the morning doing the crossword in my favourite café.
I used to know an amazing character called Fred Rippingale who could do both the Times & Telegraph crosswords in under an hour. I could never get to grips with the "Thunderer" but the latter could usually be half completed after a couple of weeks of cogitating and begging my mate Chris for help.
This time I didn't do badly but am still stuck on 12 down - my French friends are no help at all:
Looking for short cut for riders to use (7,4)
If anyone can help please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be eternally grateful.
Meanwhile I'll leave you with my two favourite clues of all time:
1. geg (9,3)
2. H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O (5)