Never a Cross Word

Now don’t tell me you get THIS in any normal blog. Anyone who knows the Editorial Team here at BOC will tell you that we really want Arron to write some blog pieces for us (Nonoxcol as he’s known round these parts). Well, he has, but this is completely different. He’s put together a crossword. Yes. Seriously.

I apologise that in my New Year horror-zone I had completely forgotten this (and a Man in a Barrel piece I also want to put up) and so this should have been up weeks ago. I hope you’ll be able to click on the picture and get the full size version of the grid.


And to the clues….


It is very BOC-centric so hopefully you will get the references! My thanks to nonoxcol for all the effort put into this. 

This is no ordinary blog, eh?

If you wish to comment on the appointment of Joe Root, please read TLG’s post below. Judging by the current reaction it’s all a bit of a shrug of the shoulders. 


26 thoughts on “Never a Cross Word

  1. Philip February 14, 2017 / 9:35 am

    I had to give up when the answer to “a pest that won’t go away” wasn’t KP…!


      • OscarDaBosca February 14, 2017 / 9:58 am

        Fruit Fly was my guess. Only one I’ve got so far as I am lying in bed ill trying to work out how I can walk the dog, help my daughter with her homework and do the accounts whilst not moving from my bed.

        Any advice welcome 😂


      • nonoxcol February 14, 2017 / 10:02 am

        41 across is a good place to start…


      • nonoxcol February 14, 2017 / 10:47 pm

        The 2 across clue relates to 2 down! There is no 2 across.

        I have no idea why I haven’t spotted that before.


        (There’s also an asterisk telling people not to be rude with their answer, as the final word has four letters and it’s sorely tempting given who 35dn is….)

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  2. nonoxcol February 14, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Hi everyone.

    I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed compiling it. As already established (see above!), some of it is for the cognoscenti – there are certain people I know will get these references without even trying, and some of them aren’t even named SimonH. However I am happy to help if you need a nudge in the right direction. Hopefully there are enough of the more general clues to enable you to fill in most of the grid.

    It is largely derived from common topics and flashpoints in the two years of BOC and (before that) HDWLIA from Feb 2014 – Feb 2015.

    I won’t be around for most of the day due to our AGM, but I can sweep through any queries this evening.

    Good luck!

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  3. ianrsa February 14, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Great job Arron, got a reasonable amount due to the wasted time on the G during the period covered. I must admit I’m not the worlds best at cryptic clues though.

    If I can’t finish it can I just go and throw things at Trump and May as punishment?


    • nonoxcol February 14, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Let me know the ones you are struggling with and I’ll give you a tip. You won’t be alone I suspect…


      • ianrsa February 15, 2017 / 5:47 am

        Thanks Arron but my inner masochist requires me to suffer through this. Although I’d far rather be throwing things at Trump and May.


        • LordCanisLupus February 15, 2017 / 7:22 am

          Was working through it last night. 1 across better not be what I think it is.


      • nonoxcol February 15, 2017 / 10:33 am

        All three of you are in there somewhere. How could you not be?

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  4. man in a barrel February 14, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    LCL I need to do another update on my piece, so hold it back a day or so


  5. Andy February 15, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Some of these are hard for a knackered brain like mine!

    This is alot of fun and must have taken some effort to pull together. Congrats Nonoxcol


  6. Rooto February 15, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Just printed it off, and will get back to you when I’ve finished it. In the mean time, have a great 2017! 🙂


    • Rooto February 15, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Love the fact that one answer doesn’t have, or need, a clue!

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      • nonoxcol February 15, 2017 / 3:51 pm

        That was the idea from which the entire project sprang!


  7. ianrsa February 15, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I am getting no bloody work done because of this. My wife is not happy with you Arron!


  8. man in a barrel February 15, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Update done, LCL…. Hope it still works for you. It makes me feel mighty depressed


    • LordCanisLupus February 16, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Loaded it up as a draft. Travelling today so will have a full look tomorrow and then publish. Providing nothing major happens.


  9. northernlight71 February 16, 2017 / 11:18 am

    Just a heads-up – there’s a Tim Wigmore article on the Guardian cricket pages that’s worth a read. Puts so many of the regular “journalists” over there to shame.


    • nonoxcol February 16, 2017 / 11:28 am

      I do like to see a bit of 54 across appearing ATL for once.


    • LordCanisLupus February 16, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Tim gets it. I hope this commitment to thoughtful stuff continues.


  10. thebogfather February 16, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I’d love to cross words, but the size of the clues is absurd!
    My sight combined with an aged lappy due to be bin consigned
    Makes it hopeless for this dope, less an eye
    To even start, so never to complete! 😦


    • nonoxcol February 16, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Can you save the picture and zoom in?


  11. Rooto February 16, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    With apologies to Arron, and Private Eye, here are:

    “Those Crossword answers in full…”

    1: His 1985 Playfair entry
    2: A broom cupboard
    3: WAGS, but not mothers
    4: Because Aggers knows his family, and he just wouldn’t do that sort of thing.
    5: mentally fragile
    6: Cook / Flower (delete as applicable)
    7: A full dossier, very full, honestly
    8: C – Johann Hari and Ed Smith
    9: He doesn’t sing it.
    10: two whole years
    11: a so-called friend
    12: All the media before an ODI in Ireland
    13: about 10 minutes, including preparation for going on air
    14: Something disrespectful to the Gods of Cricket
    15: A great success (i.e. not 0-5)
    16: mediocre
    17: 6,6,6,6
    18: in home conditions
    19: 5,921 runs, and an ocean of acceptability
    20: D – a double century at least (and not A – 95)

    cont. on 99.94 blog…

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