So, here I am, well over five thousand mile from where I grew up. I'm actually reading less, what with housework, but that's beside the point. What would you suppose I would be missing most, in terms of entertainment?
Top Gear? I have BBC America. They show little else. No, Top Gear is not the answer.
Test cricket? I have the internet, which allows me to listen to TMS online. No, Test cricket is not a problem.
Rugby Union? No, there are plenty of places I could have watched the Six Nations had I wished.
My book collection? No, the Lovely Attorney (to whom I am married) has books I have yet to read.
My computer games? No, I'm just waiting patiently to be able to go and collect them. A fair number will work on the Mac Mini, too.
Darts? Surprisingly, no, although I would like a set of 24 gram soft-tips so that I could use the electronic dartboard in the rec room. Even though it isn't susceptible to my usual wire-bending. I would like to have access to a proper bristle dartboard, but it's OK.
No, gentle reader, what I miss most is the Daily Telegraph crossword. Anyone feeling like going to Amazon and asking them to send me the compilation books, I would not be unhappy at all; be they quick or cryptic. I'd be happy with a gift subscription to the Telegraph's online Crossword Club, too.
Of course, all this post really is, is begging, but American crosswords just aren't right for me. I miss the need to actually figure out words. I dislike the ability to give up on a clue and later on, fnd out that oh, hey, I did it anyway by getting other clues. I don't go much on the formalised rules of American "cryptic" crosswords (most of the ones I've tried are of a challenge level roughly on a par with the Telegraph Quick), and prefer the deviousness of the Telegraph's compilers. Besides, the Telegraphs's CC includes their clueless crossword, which is beautifully challenging; I've had to brute-force cryptanalyse it on the train to work before now. I seem to recall someone pointing me at an online automated clueless of the daily persuasion, once. Sadly, that was on another computer and I never bookmarked it anyway. Anyone got any suggestions? The LA loves sudoku, but I really don't find that fun myself, so I'll stick with my crosswords and clueless crosswords - if I can find them!
And now, I should get back to packing for Utah.