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.

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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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Update 15 June

Back to putting up a puzzle this week.  I received an email from a couple of solvers who made a suggestion regarding a puzzle idea, and I realised I’d done something like that already.  So here it is – it’s an Enigmatic Variations puzzle from late 2007.  If you enjoy it you should go off […]

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Update 2 June

A day or so late – my excuse is that it’s a holiday weekend here in NZ.  But also… Some years ago I received a note from Harold Massingham (Mass) in which he apologised for its brevity, but he was deep in preparing grids for some twenty barred thematic puzzles (after which he would clue […]

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Update 17 May

Still trying to get back into the swing of things, so I thought I’d settle for a straightforward plain.  My eye was guided to it by remembering a comment on fifteensquared that one solver had never seen Phi use a grid where lights had more unchecked letters than checked.  So here you are…except it may be […]

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Update 4 May

I found myself worrying yesterday that I wasn’t going to have time to select and type up a puzzle this time, until I realised that I had promised the Apex 2013 puzzle around now.  And that, fortunately, was more or less sitting there ready to be transferred on to the site.  So now I can […]

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Update 21 April

A little late – still catching up on being away for a month, with the added item of getting the results of the 2013 APEX puzzle out (they too were late thanks to being away).  I’m intending that to be the next upload at the start of May. Anyway, for (a slightly belated) Easter a […]

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Follow-up to last weekend’s posts

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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 […]

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