Saturday, 11 June 2016

Guesting at the Three Cs....




Today I am delighted to tell you that I am featured over at the blog of my friend
Prashant C Trikkanad.

Prashant's blog - Chess, Comics, Crosswords, Books, Music, Cinema,  familiarly known as the 3Cs - is one of my go-tos, and he writes engagingly about all these subjects, and about his life and his surroundings. 

He has just started a new feature called Blogger Interviews, and I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to take part. So I hope you will go over there now, read my in-depth and completely self-centred answers to his excellent questions about my blogging -  and do take a look at Prashant's blog while you are over there.


Prashant C Trikkanad: Chess Comics and Crosswords: Blogger Interview. 





20 comments:

  1. Moira, I cannot thank you enough for being a wonderful guest on my blog. It was all my pleasure. Your answers were amazing and you provide much food for thought.

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    1. My pleasure Prashant, and I really enjoyed thinking about your questions and my answers...

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  2. I second that. Very enjoyaable interview.

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  3. Congrats on the interview, Moira.

    Looking at the name of Prashant's site I wonder if he might be, like me, an aficionado of the Grauniad crosswords. I must go investigate . . .

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    1. I have been passionate about chess, comics, and crosswords since early childhood and used them for my blog URL. I mostly review books and films, and interview writers and authors. I have never solved "The Guardian" crossword, though, thanks to my father, I have been a great fan of the London "Times" cryptic since my schooldays. It's the mother of all crosswords! I have also taken an occasional shot at "The Daily Mail" crossword.

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    2. I think Prashant teases us, because there six items in his blog title, and some of them feature A LOT more on the blog than others! Someone should interview him about blog titles.
      I used to do crosswords regularly - now I confine myself to the Guardian cryptic specials at Bank Holidays, which I enjoy very much. They usually have a theme and an extra feature, and so can take up the whole weekend. My brothers and my husband will often be doing them too, so we email round progress reports, and occasionally an answer swap or an explanation: 'I know the answer is 'turpitude' but I can't work out why...'

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    3. 'I know the answer is 'turpitude' but I can't work out why...'

      If you get stuck like this, there's a very useful blog at fifteensquared.net, where all the main cryptics are solved and the answers explained. For the prize crosswords you have to wait, obviously, until after the prize deadline; for the others, the entries appear the next day.

      I do the Grauniad cryptics daily, plus the quiptic on Monday, the prize on Saturday and (for what it's worth) the Everyman on Sunday, and from time to time, like you, I know the answer's "turpitude" but I don't know why. Fifteensquared is really useful on such occasions!

      Odd Coincidence Dept: As I'm typing I have the cricket commentary going on in the background, and they've just talked about the Telegraph crossword!

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    4. Thanks for the tip! It's also true that if you do them daily, or near-daily, you do get to learn the tricks, and also the foibles of the different setters. I'm impressed by how much you do! In my first job, I worked with a delightful chap who'd been a finalist in the Times Crossword Championship more than once, and he would kindly explain 'turpitude' to me, or look over my shoulder and give a sharp intake of breath. I learned fast from him: he was such a nice man.

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  4. Thank you, Moira. When I launched my blog in August 2009, my intention was to write on all six topics. Then someone wisely told me to focus on one or two areas for that would ensure readership. I'm glad I heeded the advice. It is immensely satisfying to write about books and films and share notes with people with similar interests.

    My dad, who used to compile cryptic crosswords for the Sunday edition of "Indian Express," introduced me to "The Times" crossword. We used to take turns at it. The cryptic was known for intelligent clueing. I haven't solved it in a long while.

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    1. What a nice thing to share with your Dad, and I'm full of admiration for those people who can actually compile crosswords.

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  5. Oh, how exciting!! Thanks for letting us know, Moira! On my way right now!

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    1. Thanks Margot - proud to be following in your footsteps.

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  6. As an American, I don't know anything about your illustrious journalism career. I enjoyed reading this! From one woman who pays close attention to clothes in books to another.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment - though I think 'illustrious' might not be the right word. Lovely to see you here.

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  7. Thank you so much for that wonderful interview with Moira, Prashant. Although I don't particularly notice clothes in books (although I do more now), I enjoy the book reviews and commentary, as well as the discussions that follow. A highlight of my day is reading this blog.

    And sometimes politics and other issues of the day come up, not to mention additions to my TBR list. Without this blog's post, I wouldn't have read "Arab Jazz," which I'm still thinking about and wishing I could travel to Paris.

    Also, I have utmost respect for anyone who can solve the Times of London crossword puzzles. I can't figure them out even though I do the New York Times puzzles every day. But the London Times puzzles are beyond me. Someday I must get a lesson in solving them.

    My father did the NY Times puzzles in ink and went from the first to the last clue in order and he did the London Times puzzles -- in fact he solved any puzzle he encountered.

    And, Moirs, I'm so glad to see another woman who lets her hair age gracefully, as do I. I have friends who suddenly appear with blond hair after having been brunettes, but a little gray sends them into a panic. Not so with me: I earned every one of those gray hairs!

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    1. You're welcome, Kathy. I'm learning a lot through these interviews with wonderful people like Moira and Margot.

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    2. Thanks so much for those kind words Kathy, lovely to hear. I know just what you mean about wanting to be in Paris! And I have learned and gained from you too.
      And thank you - I am really happy with the way my hair is now.

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