Update 19 October

An Enigmatic Variations puzzle from 2005 (and EV has been added to the list of links on the right, correcting a long-standing oversight).  There’s a new Kcit EV coming up at the end of November (and I mean the very end of November), so you can cut your teeth on this – November’s is rather harder.

Kcit also makes another appearance before my next update: a Telegraph Toughie on 30 October.

Derek Harrison’s Crossword News this week mentioned a solver spotting the appearance of a living person in The Times puzzle, where such things (unless it’s HM) are forbidden.  Umberto Eco was the lucky beneficiary of the attention.  Readers of this site will already be aware of a similar incident over an early Phi puzzle in the Independent.  The relevant solution page tells all.

The Cats page has been updated with a new resident.

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Update 5 October

Having decided to raid the 2005 folder for a few puzzles over the forthcoming weeks, I have landed on an Independent daily barely three weeks from another already on the site.  But Nina-fans can rest assured that there is one to be found. I received my first Christmas issue of a magazine this week, which […]

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Update 21 September

This time there’s a new Beelzebub puzzle on the site: it’s No. 300, from 5 November 1995.  Such a coincidence of round number and significant date should not, however, lead you to expect fireworks – I was still very much engaged in finding my feet, and not really on the look-out for opportunities like this. […]

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Update 6 September 2014

A new Church Times puzzle for today’s update – my thanks to them for permission to republish this puzzle from 19 years ago.  But I’m still at it – there’s a new Church Times puzzle from me next week (or possibly the week after – the date that reached me isn’t actually a Friday, the […]

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Update 23 August

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It being the Proms season in London, time for a BBC Music Magazine crossword.  My thanks to them for permission to republish. Last weekend saw one of Wellington’s big second-hand book sales of the year – always worth a look, as not everything has been transported to e-format.  And look at what was lurking on the […]

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Update 10 August

Back to putting up another puzzle after last time’s computer problems.  As promised, I’ve gone back to 1995 and pulled out the Independent Saturday Magazine crossword I did then on Tom Swifties.  (Thanks as always to the Independent for permission to republish.)  Unlike the Inquisitor earlier this year where the use of the particular type of […]

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Update 27 July

…is not an update, alas, due to computer problems.  I can only do so much via the iPad when the material I need is on the big machine!  Back to normal service soon, I hope. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Update July 12

No puzzle this week, but there’s an article on ‘ghost themes’ which you might want to read prior to tackling my Independent puzzle on Tuesday.  I’ll provide explanations in a post next week!  There’s a Toughie coming on Thursday next week as well, and Thursday also sees the appearance of a blog on my recent […]

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Update 6 July

I don’t generally do an intermediate update, but there’s been a been a bit more activity than usual and a forthcoming puzzle to mention. So: this week has seen the arrival of a setter’s blog for The Man with a Gun and a book review.  Coming up is another setter’s blog (for Bang!), which should go live on […]

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Update 28 June

Back to putting up a puzzle – my thanks to the Independent for permission to reprint this puzzle from 1995. There’ll be a couple of additional items on the blog before the next formal update.  There’ll be two setter’s blogs, one for last week’s Inquisitor puzzle in The Independent (The Man with a Gun) and […]

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