After a short break, a new puzzle for you to try: http://crossword.info/anaxcrosswords/Cryptic_Crossword_005
While in Italy this week I managed to rustle up three cryptics (there were a couple of days when it wasn’t sunny or warm enough to venture out) and this was the third. The other two have been sent to the Independent and FT and will appear in due course. This third was also originally intended for the Independent but, after setting it, I didn’t feel that as a thematic it had sufficient ‘Wow!’ factor, which I suppose is a bit of a funny thing. There’s lots of thematic stuff in the grid and until a year or so back I’d probably have thought ‘Well, that’s enough isn’t it?’ – odd how things change. I guess that, now, I tend to be more attracted by the idea of something a bit unexpected and this, despite being quite heavily thematic, just feels rather plain somehow.
Anyway, my hope is that this one will be pretty easy to solve – I certainly tried to design the clues that way. Please do leave a comment to let me know if it was a pleasant stroll rather than a drag through thorny bushes.