First puzzle for a while

I haven’t had time for the Times Crossword recently. This is my first attempt since the move. I’m glad it was an unproblematic experience. LJ

In Winchester

Completed whilst sitting on a beanbag in the cloakroom of our new house, awaiting the arrival of a flaky technician, who does not show up. So, it’s one more lunch at the Wykeham Arms for me, then, later, Evensong in the Cathedral, the greatest free show on Earth.

A satisfying puzzle

Completed this morning whilst listening to the sacred music of Arvo Pärt, the perfect refuge from the climate of political ugliness currently prevailing.

Statice

I solved everything but the two missing letters required to form “statice”, a genus of sea-lavender and a pretty “maritime plant”, so I wouldn’t have won this week, not that it ever seems possible!

Hmm…

This one took me rather more time than I can afford to waste, largely owing to the somewhat tedious sense of humour of its compiler, but also owing to a certain sluggishness on my part. I still nailed it, making the score two out of three from this book, which I intend to complete before the crack of doom.

I’ve a whole book of these…

A change from reading Der Zauberberg & Purgatorio in bizarre parallel. Down to the flatlands from two extraordinary mountains.

I’m still not sure how “peacekeeper” works, but it couldn’t be anything else. I was glad to complete this after failing on number one. LJ

Hooray!

I was experiencing some difficulty, then “twerp” led me to “Amenhotep”, whereafter things went smoothly. Patience is crucial. LJ

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Tomcats

“Tomcats” took a while at the end, but it was worth the effort on the whole.

Cachalot

“One spouting about companion frequently”: now that I know what a cachalot is, the clue makes sense, but I was ignorant of this term for a sperm whale. Learning all the time…