Robert Gibson, Byron Bay
Mungo’s Crossword last week was, for me, both challenging and charming. Echos of the great man’s wit and erudition rang through this most enjoyable of his legacy cryptic puzzles.
21 down linked writer and commentator Bob Ellis (the cruciverbalist’s contemporary and leftie comrade) with one Havelock Ellis, who Google revealed was an over-achieving and controversial pioneer of social science.
I found prophetic connections that caused me to reflect on the setter’s recent passing.
Across and Down in solutions and clues, a BITTER END; the beginning of December; and IN MEMORIUM touchingly appear.
I laughed out loud when CHRISTOPHER PYNE turned up! He was an anagram of pinch other’s prey. The Liberal pollie we loved to hate – matched with CABINET MINISTER (a closet cleric).
A humorous brace of 15 letter 2 word solutions! Such were the TREASURES (25 Across) I uncovered in puzzle N397. Bravo Mungo.