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Friday, December 17, 2010

Positively vetted.

The TGO route is in, and I have now received my vetter's advice. Once again there are, it seems, hazards that I had not anticipated. The advice begins:

"The first thing that struck me is that there are very few hostelries on the route..."

Oh dear. And it ends, after some very sound guidance, with this intriguing remark:

"Arbroath should come with a health warning. I finished there one year with X and we were propositioned three times on the walk through the town to the harbour ..."

Sounds like a very fine finish for someone who's been out in the hills for a couple of  weeks. And I thought all it would have to offer was a brace of smokies.

Challengewise my work is done for now, bar taking a little light exercise between now and May. Not for everyone, though. All over the country, and far flung outposts of the empire world, challengers are fettling their routes. Making sure that they will withstand the attentions of the vetters, who scrutinise each entry with an intense scrute. With a click of the mouse, or the flop of an envelope into the mailbox their brainchilds are dispatched.

It's a long, cold winter ahead, and some of us can't get far beyond the end of the drive at the moment - so if you're not poring over maps, wrapping presents or writing cards, how about something to help pass a dark evening?

No, not an Arbroath beauty - it's the Doodlecat Cryptic Christmas Crossword. There is a modest prize too (£10 Cotswold Gift Voucher for the first correct answer out of the hat on 7th January).

To download the crossword - click HERE for the pdf . Completed it???? The entry  form is HERE. (Word file - just fill it in & email to the address shown)

Enjoy the puzzle - and a very happy Christmas to all Doodlecat readers!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Times must have changed, I was never that lucky in Arbroath on the two occasions I finished there.


December 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An excellent crossword, Phil! I think I've got about 2 clues right so far... doh...

But Puss-Puss has promised to take a look at it after lunch, so maybe we'll make progress this afternoon.

December 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Aye Derek, no doubt your eyes and thoughts were turned toward the fine cathedral.

My Challenge notes inform me that Arbroath is "good for posed photos". I'll buy a couple for you (not a word to Marian, mind!).

Peewiglet - how is Puss Puss doing? Doodle's poor spelling and short temper have caused him to rip his copy to shreds. Mentally exhausted he is currently sound asleep on the sofa. I fear he may have given up.

December 18, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...


I think I have everything apart from Bl880y 2 down....

This assumes that 11 across is okay as well....

December 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Come on Mr S! Almost there :-)

December 18, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger fishsponge said...

Your crossword is fantastically symmetrical! Had you noticed?

December 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Well - I've sent it, but I am not sure about two of them.... Good fun Phil - Ta.

December 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Puss-Puss said...

I have tried again.


December 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hi Richard - of course my grid is symmetrical! You wouldn't expect me to just fling random words together in a hideous jumble surely. Not received your entry yet btw ;-)

Alan & Puss Puss - your entries are received and safely filed away until the 7th.

For non puzzlers I have another photo competition reserved for January (photo courtesy of Mr G).

December 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

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