LEW [given today's theme of sportsmen's names, this clue was a natural.]
Does it not seem there are ever more references to sports in these puzzles? Today, for example I count seven; one day last week the number was greater. Wonder if it's because more men than women are constructors. And I wonder if more women know Mr. Darcy than Neon Dieon.
"It takes no devil from hell tell us this": pop culture has eclipsed Culture even in as "academic" pursuit as Xwords. Of course, we did have reference to the Vicar of Wakefield
, so all is not lost.