Every Saturday my husband and I do the crossword – not together, we copy the puzzle so we can each do it separately… does that sound eccentric? My children think it does.
I got totally stumped by some clues…
- Author of ‘Toxophilus’ (‘Lover of the Bow’) and ‘The Schoolmaster‘ who tutored Lady Jane Gray, Mary I and Elizabeth I in their youth
- Miss _______, headmistress in two TV series based on Jill Murphy’s ‘The Worst Witch’ books
- River flowing from the Altai Mountains through Kazakhstan to the Ob in Russia
- Prime Minister from 1743-54, Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel, or a type of bit
- Greek goddess of retribution, or the subtitle of the tenth Star Trek film
- small magnifying device used by some jewellers and horologists
- open cluster of stars in the centre of the Orion Nebula
Perhaps I should know the author of ‘Toxophilus’ since I studied the history and literature of the time, but I never read the Witch books to my children and didn’t see the TV series. Maybe I should know the eighteenth century Prime Minister, since I ‘did’ history – but didn’t do that period (well, that’s my excuse!) My general geography isn’t too bad, but Kazakhstani and Russian rivers are not my strong point – nor are Greed gods and goddesses, although they come up in crosswords so often maybe I should start learning them! As for astronomy and horology… no, as I said, I’m stumped!
So I’ll cheat, and here are the answers:
- Roger Ascham – there was a school not far from where I lived as a child in Cambridge called the Roger Ascham School – I didn’t ever know who he was or why he had a school named after him – if I had then I could have answered the question!
- Miss Cackle
- The River Irtysh
- Henry Pelham (25 September 1694 – 6 March 1754), a Whig, was the third Prime Minister, from 27 August 1743 until his death. Bulwer-Lytton was born on 25 May 1803 and published Pelham in 1828; he died in 1869. A pelham is also a type of horse’s bit.
- I should have known Nemesis, shouldn’t I?!
- The jeweller and watchmakers magnifying glass is a loupe – I didn’t know that although I still have the one belonging to my dad