A trip to Flavours Of Lakhoum in Richmond saw AS and I receive some spectacularly shambolic service, and the unfortunate AS bail early on the crossword due to illness. Not wanting to let DA get away that easily, I soldiered on alone, and here’s where I got to:
Some points of interest (I should add here that I don’t have the solution, so if anyone does, I’d be keen to see it):
10 across: Cleric frames pulpit speech minus Corinthians’ Third Letter to poet (11). The answer makes sense in the context of the indirect clue: cleric = VERGER, pulpit speech = SERMON, minus Corinthians’ Third Letter (R) = VERSEMONGER; but has anyone *ever* seen a poet referred to as a “versemonger” before??
2 down: One smart hat for reeling? (3-1-7). I have no idea about this at all. The only thing I can think of is that it’s some sort of term for a fishing reel, with which I am not familiar. Ideas?
13 down: Almost good for Sarkozy to accept classification (9, 2). Also bewildered by this. The only thing I can think of is BORDERING ON, which works for “almost” as the direct clue… But where does Sarkozy come into it? The BO could be “almost good for Sarkozy” (ie. “bon” – French for good – minus the “n”, meaning it’s “almost good)… but then where’s the direct clue?
Anyway, a decent effort – here’s hoping our spiritual leader AS will be back on deck next week.
And where is RC??