Update 11 December

Yes, here a couple of days early, with a 1997 Jumbo.  That’s because there’s a lot of activity coming up:

Pedro in The Times and Phi in The Independent on 12 December.

A Phi Listener on 13 December – and it’s no use running to the Inquisitor for relief, as I’m there as well!

Beelzebub in The Independent on Sunday on 14 December (with a slightly seasonal special to follow on 21 December).

The 2014 APEX puzzle is also on the horizon – postal recipients may already have it, in fact.  Blog-readers see it in May or thereabouts, of course.

There are some setter’s blogs to come as well – EV’s Contest has a closing date of 18 December, so there’ll be a blog of that up around then.  The fondness of Saturday crosswords for Thursday closing dates means that both 13 December puzzles would be expected to have Christmas Day deadlines.  I’ve just seen the last proof for the IQ and they’ve adjusted their deadline to Christmas Eve – I assume The Listener will do likewise, but rest assured the associated blogs will respect closing dates.  Do remember to follow the associated blogs at fifteensquared and Listen with Others to see how solvers fared.

And there’ll be an unseen puzzle (with a bit of a history…it’s ‘unseen’ as in ‘unseen by people other than editors’) as the Christmas special.  I’d normally squeeze that in before Christmas, but you’ve a fair deal from me already so I’ll make it the subject of the next fortnightly update on 27 December or so.

If you don’t drop by for the EV blog, you may not be here before the festivities – so: Merry Christmas!

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Update 29 November

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A busy time at present, as I have six puzzles in as many days, from a Toughie last Thursday, the usual Phiday in The Independent, a Jumbo today, Enigmatic Variations tomorrow, and an ordinary blocked cryptic on Tuesday in the same location of today’s Jumbo (think multiplication…).  Throw in the new BBC Music Magazine – […]

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Update 15 November

Back in action after back inaction, which is what prompted the disappearance of an update a fortnight ago.  I really should have lifted the bags of giraffe dung more carefully.  (There’s a local outfit that makes compost using the stuff every zoo has too much of – they have a marvellous line about it being […]

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Update 1/2 November

Is not an update as such.  Having done my back in carrying a new printer, I can’t sit at the computer for any useful period of time.  Mind you, I can’t stand or lie down for any length of time either… Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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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 […]

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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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