Update 23 August

Pressed for time this week.  It being Proms season, the puzzle is from the equivalent time of year in 2003 in the BBC Music Magazine.  (I can’t say it seems very Prommy to me, but neither did the adjacent puzzles on either side.  Maybe I took a year off.)  Thanks to the BBC Music Magazine team for permission to reuse it.

You have a Phi Inquisitor to look forward to on Saturday 29 August, while Pedro appears in The Times on September 3.

Hope to have more time in a fortnight.

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Update 8 August

Still somewhat otherwise engaged, what with Marjorie’s continuing limited mobility, and also with an ailing cat.  But we did get away for a couple of days this week, and while in Masterton (Hedleys, good bookshop) I picked up a book of essays on detective fiction by P D James.  My Independent puzzle this week had […]

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Update 25 July

There has been some discussion on fifteensquared about the difficulty of recent Beelzebub puzzles.  So this time there’s a Beelzebub crossword from 2003 presented purely as a picture giving me no chance to revisit any clues.  I’ve simply typed up the solution notes (occasionally in some perplexity as to what the clue that did that might […]

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Update 12 July

This time the puzzle is a personal favourite from the Independent in 2012. I have spent a little time over the past few weeks testing out an app called JUMBL, which is produced by a company called Cubi.  (NB I’ve linked to the US iPad app store page, but it is available on the UK […]

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Update 27 June

Castpuz

Well, it’s been a bit of a week.  Marjorie was knocked off her motorbike last Friday (19th June) and now has a compound fracture of her left tibia and fibula (or tib-fib, as a very bustling nurse said to me – it seems to be the commonest compound fracture, and therefore qualifies for an abbreviation). […]

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Update 13 June

This is a tale of three Ninas. This weekend sees two of my puzzles being blogged more or less simultaneously on fifteensquared, a consequence of having the Saturday prize puzzle last week and back to my usual Friday slot this week.  They have different Ninas – and obviously they involve different thematic  material, but they […]

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Araucaria film release

Breaking my usual fortnightly pattern for an announcement. If you’ve been following The Guardian site, you’ll be aware that a short documentary on Araucaria, based on interviews with him at the end of his life, has been completed and shown at some festivals.  The Guardian has just released it on their website and you can […]

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Update 31 May

The puzzle this time comes from a curious period in the Independent puzzle’s history when the advertising world intruded.  Those bloggers who believe setters are inherently bibulous will no doubt have the presumptions confirmed. Forthcoming is a blog on the making of Here’s Looking at You (with photos!), which will be up on Wednesday or […]

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Update 15 May 2015

Slightly earlier than usual, occasioned by being warned off trying to get into Wellington after some truly torrential rain.  We had 123mm yesterday (more than the average for May altogether) – and 63 of them arrived in the two hours just before lunch.  By chance I had the day off, so I wasn’t stranded in […]

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Update 10 May

I’m breaking the publication pattern because just after I put up last week’s post, I received the proofs for the Inquisitor on Saturday 16 May, with apologies for the short notice.  This sparked not only proof-reading, but also clue-writing for its successor, and gridding for its successor’s successor.  And a headcold (well, perhaps not the […]

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