I came SO CLOSE on the Guardian quiptic this week. There were only 2 clues I didn’t get on my own.
If I’d thought about it a bit more I could perhaps have got
Small rivers making squeaking sounds (6) CREEKS
but I had no chance with
Developed so-called shudder in Scotland (4) GREW
because I didn’t know that the Scots have a word GRUE which means shudder. Still, I learned something and I’m getting better! And homophone clues are obviously my weakness.
I also managed half of a regular Telegraph cryptic the other day, go me. Still can’t ever do much of the regular Guardian one though(!)This is not a skill that is coming easily to me!
...but there’ll still be a lot of revisions to do on it…
I’ve got more students to teach this year, and a college teaching affiliation…
Front piece done, yay! Now started sleeve 1.
Well, I’ve had a couple of good weeks with the Guardian Quiptic, only needed to cheat on a few clues, that’s a good result for me. I didn’t manage much of the Radio Times crossword this week though, and the Guardian ‘regular’ cryptic is still quite hard…
Radio times cryptic was hard this week. I only got about a third of the answers before I had to look a couple of things up.
Have now cast on the front piece and knit the rib section. Huzzah. Gonna take a while to finish the whole of the front and the sleeves tho!
Well, it has gone to the publisher- yay.
Now to wait and see if they accept it, and with how many corrections… so I’m not celebrating yet(!)
The back piece is done. This goal is progressing slowly due to not having much time! After finishing the back though, casting on another 80 sts to make a similar piece for the front requires motivation :D
I managed 19 of 27 clues on the Guardian Quiptic today without help…
I managed about half of the Guardian/Observer Everyman crossword this week before having to look a couple of things up. I had to cheat on “Great beat, for example (3,5)” because I didn’t realise that ‘great beat’ is an example of an EYE RHYME- I didn’t know that expression. I also didn’t get “Churchill, perhaps, managed to achieve record height (8)” because I was thinking of Winston rather than his father RANDOLPH (pretty poor general knowledge on my part, there).
Maybe one day I’ll be able to do all of the Everyman and ‘graduate’ to the regular guardian cryptic- I usually can only get a few clues per grid on their usual crosswords. I’m so rubbish! :) At least attempting crosswords is improving my vocab and general knowledge…!
7th September and going strong (still no chocolate bars).
Haven’t lost any weight though…
Apparently I now look like a fat pig and I’m an embarrassment. So… 4 kilos to go in order to meet this target, time to be really hungry for the next couple of months, yay :s
I should probably be aiming for 53 kg really… but 55 feels more within reach, try for that first.
My name is now on 17 published articles, and I am in the process of preparing the next one. That target of 20 is in sight!
...but my chilli plant is still only a couple of cm tall! Maybe it needs more warmth…
I bought some good quality wool a couple of weeks ago and so I needed to do something with it!
Have cast on the back part, knit the rib, and started knitting the cable pattern. It’s sufficiently complicated to keep me interested.
After a spell out of running due to injury, I’m going back to this. Trying to get some miles in during the weeks then do a long run at the weekend. Did 8 miles last weekend, though the last half mile hurt a bit :)
Aim: to be able to run 10 miles comfortably by about June. That will be good prep for running the half marathon in September.
Spike currently appears to be a healthy cactus. Clearly cacti are the correct kind of plant to grow in this flat.
Despite my having been away for a couple of weeks over Christmas, Spike the cactus still appears to be going strong. He shows no signs of flowering, but no signs of dying either. I count this as a success so far in my new plant-keeping venture.
Have been feeding it with rum about once a week since I baked it (in November) and have now finally marzipanned it. I’ll put the icing on next week.