Update 27 February

I don’t usually break the fortnightly pattern, but I thought I should wish ‘Bon appetit’ to the Listener Crossword Dinner in Harrogate this weekend .  I can’t keep up a run of spa towns after last year’s visit to Cheltenham.  Our Saturday evening will be the start of a Freddy Kempf Beethoven concerto cycle instead.

I also unaccountably forgot to mention the appearance of a Pedro puzzle in the Times 2 Cryptic slot on Thursday 5 March.  It’s preceded in reasonably short order by its senior partner in the same paper – anonymised, of course, so I really shouldn’t say precisely when (but there are only so many days in the week beginning with T).  Quite how I forgot both of those last week, I don’t know.  Excitement to tell you about tomorrow’s Inquisitor, I suppose.

And also RIP Nemo – an elderly (20+) foster cat we’ve been looking after for a few weeks.  We hadn’t expected him to live for too long, and yesterday he was still wandering round cadging food and sniffing the nip.  But this morning he just passed away, quite quickly.

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Update 21 February

The puzzle this week is a 1997 Enigmatic Variations barred thematic – my thanks to The Telegraph for permission to republish. And before I plunge into the remainder of the post, let me add that the Inquisitor on February 28 is by me. No crosswords in The Theory of Everything, but I thought it a far better film […]

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Update 8 February

Here we are in the long weekend for NZ’s Waitangi Day.  I’m also now on leave for a few days, so of course I have hardly any time… The puzzle this week is a Beelzebub from 1997.  I plunged my hand into the 1997 boxfile and selected one more or less from the middle (July, […]

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Update 24 January

Fish

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 […]

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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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