22 May, 2015
Holy hell, how hard and harrowing was our H hoedown this week? Not too hectic, but we did haul in some highly handsome handiwork.
To cut to the chase, and hoick those H-words, I will offer a handful of musings, and then declare the book-winning pair.
Firstly, a warning from Rupert I enjoyed:
IRIS - Inside stir isn't the place to eye muscle
Then the devilry of jpr's CAMBER/well, clued as Rush home. That makes my Friday skulduggery seem like Cluedo.
Further credit to Rupert for his Arepo reference for SOWER - a meta-allusion for all genuine crossword geeks, as well as his lingerie comedy:
THONGS - Nothing's tangled in discarded underwear
I thrilled to SK's innovation, using 'quick' in the sense of essence:
Crossword (Quick) appear in Sunday Express initally = SORE
Genius idea, and an Anaxesque execution. Equally good was the CS double - with two smile-triggering clues, both original in their approach:
FARTHING - Coin 'black stump', say?
FARTING - Some of art in Guggenheim causing a stink
Very close to seizing the prize, but for sheer outrage and originality, I could not ignore Jon's deja-vu two that used without in contrary ways to present the epitome of ambiguity:
SAVING - Cutting excess without hard scraping
SHAVING - Cutting excess without hard scraping
Stunning deception, and a classy response to a dual clue challenge. Congratz to that hero, and hail all hands who had a whirl. (Jon, if you can let me know your best snail, I will send H Factor your way.) Thanks everyone for the hoot.