Update 24 January

Summer has kicked in here, leading to a visit from a dead puffer fish in the comments – not sure what sort of precedent that sets.  Nothing quite so venomous in the puzzle line this time around – Inquisitor 450-ish from 1997, only it wasn’t an Inquisitor, and on the day it wasn’t 450-ish.  My thanks as always to The Independent for permission to republish.

If you nip over to the Church Times site you will find a numerically appropriate puzzle from me.  And in the time before the next update (and aside from the regular Phi and Beelzebub in the various editions of the Independent) you’ll find a Kcit Toughie on 29 January, and a Pedro Times Quick on 5 February.

APEX participants (should any be reading, and even if there are none) will be being prodded for any unsent clues this weekend ahead of the closing date on 31 January.  (The rest of you will have to wait for May to see what may be making them dilatory.)  I can report that the time spent in and around the puffer fish on the sunny beach was conducive to prompting the 2015 APEX idea.

Oh, all right, here’s the fish on my own page.

Fish

 

 

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Update 10 January

A fair bit to get through this time.  The puzzle is an Independent daily from 1997, and as I’ve got the 1997 file down from its eyrie, I’ll be looking through it for puzzles for the next few updates.  But after that something from this century… Lots of odds and ends accumulated over the holiday […]

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Update 27 December

Pohu

The final post of the year.  As is usual around Christmas, I’m putting up a puzzle that hasn’t been much seen.  This year it’s a puzzle that never quite convinced editors but I remain rather attached to it.  The grid is intricate in itself (and I am very pleased with it), but it seems to […]

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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 […]

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Update 29 November

Xwordpic

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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