Just finished this after a day and a half struggling and yes I did "cheat" by looking at the mega thread. It got me started and showed how to approach the puzzle. Couldn't have got there without it. Favourite was 9ac. Got a Portuguese city for 8dn by guessing but can't see where the break for it is. Could someone enlighten me please? The thread was a pleasure to read (until the last couple of pages) and showed how good this site can really be.