The annual APEX (update 1 May)

Even allowing for the most desultory postal messages, the results should have reached participants by now, so I can put up the annual puzzle that got the site and blog started in the first place: the 2015 edition of the APEX Christmas Crossword.  You can click through to the solution, and at the bottom of that page you’ll find the winning clues.

As always, let me encourage you to keep logging in to the Independent crossword.  The link is here.  The adverts seem to be getting shorter, to the extent that by the time I realised one was about a new cat product, it had finished.  And has it reappeared…?

You can’t log in to see the Beelzebub puzzle, alas, of course, but to remind you what you’re missing next time round I shall put up the one that nearly made it into print. I find I have another dozen of virgin examples, all typed up and ready to go, so I may drip-feed you with them over the next year.  Please let me know if you’re enjoying them, though I don’t mind waiting in line for you to let The Independent and/or the i know first.

Before that, though, you may find me in the Telegraph Toughie slot on 5 May, while Friday 13 May will live up to its reputation since my regular Independent appearance will be matched by a spot in The Times.

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The consequences of change (update 17 April)

Well, if I’m going to start titling these updates then occasionally something portentous-sounding will emerge. This time the puzzle is an Independent daily from 2005.  It doesn’t feel entirely like one of mine – far too many cryptic definitions, for one thing – but I seem to have been paid for it! The Independent daily […]

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Return to normal (update 2 April)

Well, let’s try to anyway, with a puzzle from the Enigmatic Variations series – thanks to the Sunday Telegraph for permission to share it with you. Sunday – ah, yes, still no sign of a resurgent Beelzebub.  The Guardian crossword blog commented thus this week, though I can’t say that they got my best side […]

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The Beelzebub Crossword (update 20 March)

Here we are on 20 March, the last day of publication for the paper edition of The Independent on Sunday, and the first edition, I think, in which there has not been a Beelzebub crossword.  There is, I’m told, a blocked grid puzzle from Don Manley, who did No. 1 back in the first issue. […]

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Beelzebub crossword

News is still not 100% clear but it does look as if the Beelzebub crossword is the most endangered of the Independent stable.  There is to be a puzzle on 13 March (which commemorates the four setters over the years – see if you can spot them) but the solution is elsewhere in the same […]

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More on The Independent Crosswords (aka Update 5 March)

This time there’s a puzzle from the BBC Music Magazine of April 2005.  It’s the 150th in the series, and I thought it might be interesting to put it up as no. 300 is on the horizon.  Though as I’m only working on No. 295 at the moment, a direct 150-to-300 could have waited till […]

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Update 20 February

The puzzle this week, as promised, is a puzzle in tribute to Sir Jeremy Morse.  It’s up as an image, which I hope is readily printable. Elsewhere the saga of The Independent crossword rumbles on.  Do please sign the petition, if you haven’t already done so.  Some of the discussion this week seems to have […]

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Update 13 February

Breaking the pattern here to discuss newspaper crosswords online.  This seems appropriate given the announcement that The Independent is to have only an online presence from the end of March.  Like most newspapers, The Independent has had quite a significant web presence in recent years; though this hasn’t extended to its crosswords. For some time you […]

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Update 6 February

Wouldn’t you know it – it’s another holiday weekend?  A fortnight ago it was Wellington Anniversary Weekend, and now it’s Waitangi Day, with a Mondayised holiday coming up.  More implausibly still the weather is good again. But it would be bad form to use that as another excuse for deferral.  There are timely things to […]

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Update 24 January

Well, this isn’t so much of an update, really.  There are times when the thought of adding a puzzle to the site does not appeal – e.g. after clueing 75% of a Beelzebub, as well as gridding a BBC Music Magazine puzzle (nice grid, though…May issue…), in the course of a muggy 30C or thereabouts […]

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