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 cognac.property@gmail.com 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)

5 comments:

Steve said...

Hunting Crop...

Steve

Chris Stead said...

I'm afraid Steve beat me to it but I'm happy to inform you that i thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast this morning of scrambled egg and water.

BTW

Angkooler (4,4,2,5)

Chris Stead said...

Or what about


Bum wipe (6)

OA (6,2,3,4)

graham downie said...

I read the first one in Mrs Cadman's English class at Esher College.

I have no idea for bum wipe or OA but it's given me something to do between matches this afternoon...thanks.

graham downie said...

Middle (or centre) of the road. And no I didn't cheat.

Now, just bum wipe to get....