...when solving clues like 14a. 31 minutes with LOI ETCHINGS. Nobody's ever wanted to come up and see mine. I was unsure between twentieths and thirtieths before Eleanor of Aquitaine, played of course by Katharine Hepburn, came to the rescue. I suppose China would come before Silver. Thirty-second, which we celebrated last week, is Lapis Lazuli according to Mrs BW, although I'm not sure she wasn't trying it on. COD to YPRES for its construction. Excellent puzzle. Thank you George and setter.
I deliberately took my time today, gazing at COHOE and COHRE before deciding on the former. So patience was rewarded, although 42 minutes is a pretty lame time. I also didn't expect ALEWIVES to be right but could construct nothing else. We used to talk of Fleetwood Fishwives. They were the fishermen's redoubtable womenfolk, and they did the catching. EDACIOUS was half-known. I also got KRONA from a backward nork before eventually twigging the anorak connection. One man's obscurity is another's commonplace. SADDUCEE was a write-in along with JEHU and THEOSOPHY. COD to the multi-neutroned 24 across. I quite liked this one. Is there a CHINATOWN in every city? What about St Asaph? A friend tells me it has a great Chinese takeaway, so maybe it has. Thank you U and setter.