Having given up on last week’s Listener, this was a comforting “welcome back”. I thought it was very cleverly constructed and (despite definitely being a card-carrying grumpy old git) very fair. And the completed grid and extra letters gave me a broad smile. Thank you, Ace of Hearts.
What a delightful puzzle after the tedium of last week when I jacked it in with half cold solved and getting nowhere. My only niggle was the fact that I was able to get the message from the extra letters very early on when I checked the BRB for the definition of one of the unclued ring 3 solutions. I would have liked to have worked harder to crack that element. Thanks to The Ace of Hearts for a very enjoyable four hour solve.