I have for so long been a total fan of cryptic crosswords. Last week I mentioned to Cathi, of Quilt Obsession that among other things I so enjoyed cryptic crosswords. Well, so does her Bob, and I scanned, copied and sent him the latest one from the NZ Listener. Bingo, there it was in Toronto for Mr Q.O. to solve.Before long, Bob had sent me one from The Times. Well, as you are accustomed to your own sewing machine, car, or kitchen appliance, so you are used to the way a crossword compiler thinks. This was so different for me, and I sent Bob a few lines…
I took the cryptic times to bed
Should have left it alone , I said,
So different from the usual one
Words just didn't seem to come
So I left it to do later or after
Resorted to the online masters
2 clues was all I managed to do
Then when I read the solution, Bingo!!!
Bob duly read this, and emailed me the link for solutions to solve this. Then he replied again.
A fair maid, a Kiwi it’s said
Took crosswords with her to bed
The “Times” they are tough
She said “That’s enough.
Darn it …I’ll count sheep instead."
And just so you all know how DIFFICULT these clues are, here is 10 down, September 17th.
Swede served with mint over fire for people, ( 3,10).
and Bob kindly said he thought I would enjoy this one.
2 words, the first word began with N, the last one ended with S, that was all I had to go on, but I looked and wondered if it was “ New Zealanders”. It was!!!
On the sewing table, the beautiful charm squares have been joined into a larger set of 4, and I have the white and dark marled greeny black for the shadow box strips. The other week I was in an Op-Shop, and there were quilting magazines, make an offer, The cover photo on one was a whole quilt, with segmented circles surrounded by trails of other segments,In the paper pattern I found one whole circle. The batiks I chose were from stash, the border fabric is also on the back, and I lined it with a blue batik, with a wire netting design.
This is going by post to a very special friend. I don’t think she reads my blog, but we are both on Facebook. She has returned from staying with family in Australia, much needed time together, and is now in her new home, by herself, a new life after some 55 years of being one half of a couple.. We do not get together very often, in fact, very seldom, but lots of times with phone calls, and emails, we caught up, for a short time when I flew to Auckland for Trev’s funeral. Recently on Facebook, someone asked how did friends meet? We met at High School, and as my maiden name started with “A” and hers with “B”, we were always next to each other in lists, in lines, and in classes. True friendship, I phoned her today, not mentioning the bag, I hope it will be a welcome surprise. In the photo the top looks wavy, but, believe me, it is a circle. I can scan and email it if anyone would like to try/sew, manhandle, fit together… take hours to finish this . The pattern says 16 circles, but in the photo, there are 25!!!
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ Believe you can and you are
halfway to the finish line”
Greetings from Jean