A post in the time of requests (21 March)

I have found myself gearing up to take on a couple of puzzle suggestions, which has occupied – and is occupying – my time (and is an instance of the fact that Listener numerical puzzles can be a welcome sight…).  There has also been the need to produce setter’s blogs of a number of puzzles – the one on the recent Inquisitor went up earlier this week, and there is another on the recent EV due in the next few days, and then one on my Magpie puzzle this month a week after that.  So it’s not as if there’s nothing new.

I have put up another unpublished Beelzebub puzzle this time round.  It saves a bit of time as I don’t have to type in all the clues from an old copy – I’ve never managed to keep electronic records (in the early days it doesn’t occur to you; in the middle period, I probably didn’t have enough storage space; and now the idea of scanning 3,000+ puzzles is something else for when I retire!

There’s a Times puzzle appearing next Tuesday (23 August), but otherwise the Friday Independents hold the fort.  As you were: within an hour of typing that, I learn there’s a Toughie on 1 September!

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Additions to last week’s post (13 August)

Just a few things to augment what I was saying about New Zealand crosswords last time. David Tossman helpfully pointed out that the non-Kropotkin blocked cryptic on the Herald’s puzzle page was the Observer Everyman of about a fortnight earlier.  Strange that there is no attribution, though it’s nice to see the Herald using something […]

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New Zealand Crosswords (August 6)

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This weekend is a busy one for my puzzles, with an Inquisitor today and an Enigmatic Variations puzzle tomorrow (and a Toughie coming up next Wednesday).  So I’m not going to put another example up, but instead look at the range of crossword puzzles available in New Zealand.  There is a small local pool of […]

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A brief update (July 27)

Just to augment Sunday’s post: there will be an IQ on 6 August swiftly followed by an EV the next day. Non-devotees of the blog may wish to take cover, while also avoiding the August issue of The Magpie.  At least all three of my pseudonyms will get an airing in short order. Also a […]

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Thoughts on American crosswords part 1 (July 24)

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The puzzle this time round is from Enigmatic Variations in 2002, and is one I was always rather fond of.  I should note immediately that if you like this you should rush off and try the Enigmatic Variations puzzle on 7 August.  If you don’t like it, you should also try the puzzle to see […]

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A crossword in the headlines (16 July)

There was a rare instance of a crossword news story this week – a German gallery exhibited a work by one Arthur Koepcke from 1965 which included a crossword and the phrase “Insert words”.  So an elderly visitor took them at their – ahem – word. The BBC helpfully illustrated the article with an unfilled […]

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The jetlag weekend (update 10 July)

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As I rather anticipated, there is rather a lot of jetlag rattling round the system, and thus a distinct lack of enthusiasm for putting a puzzle up.  Sorry – the one I have in mind for a fortnight’s time is a nice one, though! I do have, however, quite a few ideas for future weeks. […]

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American crosswords (June 30)

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So far I’ve found it very difficult to find newsagents and bookstores – the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall had precisely zero, despite a regularly cycling screen advert for books.  But the hotels had free papers, so I picked up the local Arizona paper, and the Wild Horse Pass resort offered the Wall Street Journal on […]

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The Blogpaws Conference

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Here we are in sunny (at times relentlessly sunny) Phoenix, Arizona, sat in direct line of the air-conditioning to offset the dawn heat (30C – it never even reaches 30C in Wellington).  Last day of the conference today, and I’m picking up some ideas to implement over the next few posts. It’s an eclectic bunch […]

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Clueing your own name (update 11 June)

The puzzle this week is from the BBC Music Magazine and my thanks to them for permission to republish.  2002 is a year I haven’t investigated much, but I do seem to have landed on yet another August issue.  This must come from my opening the boxfile and sticking my hand in somewhere around the middle… […]

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