You pays your money, you takes your choice.
I have not yet tackled A, nor have I taken on the might of B. There are those of you I’m sure who would shudder at the thought of either.
Perhaps I shouldn’t even have taken on option C.
On the opening day of this football season, I chose to give a nod to the opening of ‘the new stadium’ (an anagram of West Ham United, incidentally) in Brighton with a couple of Brighton and Hove Albion-related football clues.
In the puzzle, one of the solutions was a former Brighton FC great from the seventies, the stalwart defender Mark Lawrenson, now turned TV football pundit. I forget the clue, but I dd purposefully neglect to use an anagram of his name, that which I shall refrain from spelling out to you, only heavily disguised, as : normal wnkarse.
A couple of years back, I heard the aforementioned Mr Lawrenson would be hosting a ‘live’ Q & A session online, so took the opportunity to inquire if he had been aware of the anagram.
I also took the opportunity to point out that his ‘best ever goal scored’ described in Match Weekly, a magazine to which I subscribed as a boy, did not – as I recall, for I was there – involve ‘leaving four players bamboozled’, nor did it ‘scream into the roof of the net from thirty yards’, more that it ‘trickled over the line courtesy of a deflection off my kneecap’ . I requested he consulted the other 25,000 witnesses that January night in 1979 in order to revisualise his moment of glory.
In retrospect, because I am an expert in Brighton and Hove Albion players since 1975, this does not give me the right to impart my worrying obsession on the crossword solving public.
However, dear readers, I always do get tempted. There is a great two-word anagram of former Newcastle United and Spurs midfield maestro ‘David Ginola’ (6,5). Perhaps next time…
Have a great week,