Update 27 June

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).  So the week has been filled with insurance claims and police visits and particularly practising with crutches.  We haven’t had any major disasters yet, but she does get very tired.  She’s glad to be at home (she hates hospitals) even if it does mean being exposed to my cooking.  She’s already back blogging at dashkitten.com (in fact, she’s got the crossword below up before me!).

The accident was a case of a car pulling out from a junction and giving her no chance to avoid him (it was a stinking wet night in addition).  The driver of the other vehicle stayed at the scene, I’m pleased to say, and is, from what the police tell us, very distraught.  It does seem to be just careless driving.  Next month there’s a court case, so we’ll see what transpires.

I am planning to attach the following to her plastered leg, though I may wait and see whether they change the cast at the outpatients appointment this coming Friday.

Castpuz

ACROSS or DOWN

1 Discarded actors (4)

2 A capital orchestra as well (4)

3 Observe place for bishop (3)

4 Ready to keep nothing back for parts of limb (4)

Possibly with an arrow pointing downwards, of course.  (No, no link to a solution – come on…)

It was just as well this update was using a puzzle I found in almost complete form on my computer.  No idea why this particular Independent Inquisitor puzzle from 2011 hadn’t been deleted to retain space, but there it was, and needing relatively little to make it website-friendly.

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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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Update 3 May

The puzzle this time is the annual appearance of the APEX puzzle from the previous year.  The group of regular solvers has been through the solving and the ensuing clueing contest, so I can now present the puzzle and the winning clues.  It was not, shall we say, the most popular word I’ve handed out for […]

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Update 18 April

This time there’s a Beelzebub puzzle from 2008.   I’ve also reneged on my statement last time, and rejigged the schedule to bring the 2014 Apex puzzle forward to the next update.  Meanwhile, since I was last here I’ve had an exchange of e-mails with an American constructor of what are called variety cryptics, and […]

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Update 5 April

Rattling through various things this Easter weekend, not least the Apex results, scheduled to come out Tuesday evening Wellington time (or perhaps Wednesday, depending on how much time I want to leave after posting the ordinary mail ones).  Meanwhile the Apex 2014 puzzle itself should appear on the site on the weekend of 16 May, […]

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Update 22 March

Here we are again, this time with an Independent daily puzzle from 2008.  My thanks to them for permission to republish. I’ve spent part of this weekend being thankful I don’t get too many ideas that require a circular grid.  However, after a munging together of output from a grid-drawing program and the use of […]

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