Follow-up to last weekend’s posts

Long gap between planes on the way back to NZ, so I thought I’d elaborate on points made in a couple of emails I’ve received about last weekend’s double post.

One wondered whether the solver should be equated more with the performer of than the listener to a piece of music, making the point that listening seemed too passive, and we should allow for the concept of interpreting a clue.  The commenter also admitted that a hard and fast equivalence would be hard to establish.  Nonetheless I still prefer listener.  Imagine the length of shrift you’d get from an editor if you tried to claim that PANAMA was your creative interpretation of a clue to BANANA.

The other comment related to symmetry.  Apparently the quick crosswords in one of major papers do have an asymmetric grid amongst their regular designs.  I got the impression, however, that it was of the “blink-and-you”ll-miss-it” variety.  I would still have claimed that you couldn’t get a substantially asymmetric grid into a national daily’s slot.

And then I opened the paper on Wednesday, and saw something like this:

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Now, admittedly I was in Amsterdam at the time, and this is a Dutch Cryptogram, but it does show that symmetry hasn’t established itself everywhere.  Other Dutch grids look like this:

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Imagine seeing that on the back page of your Times.

Time for Jetlagged in Hong Kong to sign off while the iPad still has power.

 

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Update April 5 part two

WiFi coverage a bit patchy in Paris but some thoughts on Symmetry are now up. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Update 5 April

Yes, a couple of days early.  I’m hoping that there might be a companion piece a couple of days later.  Also I’m taking advantage of on-train wifi as I don’t know what the situation in Paris is going to be like! Having grumbled about one of the centenary books not following through on its promise […]

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Update 29 March

I am in the only bridal suite in Slapewath, having today discovered an alcoholic version of dandelion and burdock.  So my memory may be slightly dodgy, but I am certain that today’s additional comment to the Inquisitor puzzle is calumniatory.  I was never at the pre-Listener Dinner pub session. The rest of it is true, […]

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Update 23 March

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Here we are in Cheltenham, recovering from a week of various events, generally rather boozy, enabling us to meet up with beer drinkers, Masterminders and cruciverbalists.  Can’t honestly say that London, which seemed to be largely under excavation, sparked any feelings of nostalgia, and we were glad to head west, albeit in a car Hertz […]

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Update 9 March

There’s a Beelzebub puzzle new on the site this time round.  It’s a PDF of the published puzzle again – things are a bit hectic at the moment, due to preparations for a holiday.  We don’t want the house-sitter having kittens (they have eight cats to look after as it is). Yes, the next couple […]

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Update 22 February

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A busy week, with a request for a substantial puzzle coming in right in the midst of preparations for a trip away, and right on the start of the Wellington International Festival of the Arts, which meant we finally got to attend a Doctor Who Prom!  (Loud, though.) A new idea for an Inquisitor puzzle […]

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Update 8 February

A fairly hasty update this week, as other things are going on.  In particular, I’m about to solicit votes for the 2013 APEX puzzle, so regulars on that list can expect an email imminently.  Hence, this week’s puzzle isn’t quite in the usual format. This week’s Independent puzzle (Friday 7 February) had a Nina based […]

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Update 26 January

The puzzle this fortnight once again looks right back to a now-defunct publication which 30+ years was bringing forth some of my earliest efforts.  This one is a Playfair too, though cipher-phobes shouldn’t be put off, as you probably won’t need to do any major deciphering.  However, in a week when I’ve gridded a puzzle […]

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Update 11 January

After this morning’s little rant at the iniquities of online subscriptions, here’s the formal update for this fortnight. Araucaria always considered the monthly magazine ‘One Across’ to be his ‘baby’, and he regularly contributed two puzzles a month to it.  Obviously his passing marks a watershed for the magazine, and now would be an excellent […]

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