This puzzle, a Giovanni creation, was originally published Friday, March 5, 2010 in The Daily Telegraph
Today's puzzle is the usual excellent offering from Giovanni.
Some possibly unfamiliar abbreviations, people, places, words and expressions used in today's puzzle
Used in Solutions:
MOT - noun (in the UK) a compulsory annual test of motor vehicles of more than a specified age — ORIGIN abbreviation of Ministry of Transport.
Gazza's review of today's puzzle may be found at Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 26180].
Commentary on Today's Puzzle
5d Artist and beat girl going after the money in a group of countries (7,7)
Does beat really mean lam? It would seem to when used as part of a phrase, such as "beat it" or "beat a hasty retreat". However, when used on its own, I wonder if it is correct.
Signing off for today - Falcon
2 hours ago