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
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!
Labels: TGO Challenge