Just innocently googling the phrase 'Southwest European country' which geographical cluelessness is the Guardian quick crossword compiler's latest obsession (same crossword also has 'island european country' - that's a clue???), when I read this in the Observer magazine:
Sunday September 16, 2007
Rule #1 If you can't do the quick, then don't think about the cryptic.
Rule #2 Don't kid yourself. Google is definitely cheating.
Rule #3 But you can phone a friend.
Rule #4 Colouring in squares so your answers fit is strangely satisfying.
Rule #5 Try the wordsearch - it's much easier.