NEW oLN CROSSWORD Number 19

08 February, 2008

ACROSS

1 Small informal party (3-8); 7 Grows old (4); 8 Japanese unarmed fighting sport (2-5); 9 Have power of vision (3);

10 Surrender or submit (5); 11 Large rounded wine glass (6);

13 Roused into action (6); 16 Speak

complete or total

nonsense? (5); 18 Deuce (3); 19 Middling or so-so (7);

20 Track for trains (4); 21 Scented climbing shrub (11)

DOWN

1 A kept toy-boy (6); 2 Dangly furnishings decoration (6);

3 Speak out against something (6); 4 Get pleasure from (5);

5 Impetuous person (7); 6 Curved (7); 11 Hungarian stew (7); 12 Amongst (7); 13 Rich cream cake (6); 14 Hooded waterproof jacket (6); 15 Locomotive (6); 17 Immediately available (5)




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle ľ which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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