Time for another DA, and I’m thinking Stephen Fry is on to something: cocaine is apparently the cruciverbalising accompaniment par excellence.
Why waste good cocaine hanging out with no-hope hoodlums when you could be snuggling right up to one of DA’s finest?
Does anyone else have curious accompaniments to their cruciverbalising?
Update: A fun one, although a tough one:
I was the NW corner away from completion, HASSOCK (I thought a HASSOCK was an item of dress), KRAMER (and I’m a huge Seinfeld fan), PORT SALUT and TURNKEYS the blockers.
I was also sidetracked by prematurely putting in WELLES (i.e. Orson, the War of the Worlds hoaxer) instead of ORWELL and justifiably although erroneously locking in HUSKY instead of HORSE (HUSKY is rough-sounding, pushes a sleigh (and across the tundra, unlike HORSE), is five-letters long and starts with H — a very unfortunate set of coincidences).
Interestingly, SLEIGH could just as well have been SLEDGE.
A surprisingly fecund set of clues.