I thought this was going to be an easy Monday when I saw a number of answers as the puzzle came out of the printer, but the some of the remaining clues proved rather formidable.
I did not find this too bad, but I was tired last Saturday and put it aside half-finished to go to bed. The next morning, I finished fairly easily, but I was a bit concerned about one biff I couldn’t justify.
We recently had a bot attack that created new accounts on TftT, but did not reply to the email for account confirmation. Johninterred has fixed that problem, but we were left with a large number of inactive accounts, including genuine attempts dating back to May of 2022.
Since these accounts are not confirmed, they are not of any use to anyone. Accordingly, I have cleaned up our user accounts, and deleted all unconfirmed accounts created prior to November 1, 2023. No one with a valid account should be impacted.
I don’t think there will be much to slow down the top solvers here, no strange vocabulary, and relatively straightforward cryptics.
I thought this was going to be hard at first, but it turned out otherwise. I had to check a few things in Chambers, but at least they turned out to exist when I looked them up.
I thought this was going to be difficult, as I only got four or five across answers on my first run-through, but the downs proved much easier, and I found a lot of gimmes.
This was a rather moderate Mephisto from Paul McKenna, with very little in the way of esoteric vocabulary.
Well, easy Monday is back, and I don’t have much to say. If you are an experienced solver, you won’t find much to delay you here, and even novices may do well.
I didn’t find this John Grimshaw production too difficult, although he has certainly found out some interesting words. I was able to get some of the longer ones early on, which made my solve a little easier.
I was going quickly in this one, and had about 2/3 of it complete in 15 minutes. Then, as sometimes happens, I came to a complete halt and could not solve another clue for the next 15 minutes.