The puzzle this time round is one which will become an annual event. The 2012 APEX puzzle has been solved, the clues written, circulated and judged, and the winners hailed. So here it is for your enjoyment as well.
Since one purpose of a blog is to air grumbles and grievances, here’s a current one from me. Thanks to my card being hacked (as a by-product of which I can tell you the name of a pizza shop in Madrid), the automatic renewal for my Times Crossword Club membership could not go through. Since the Times Crossword Club has been unable to accept new members for the past several months due to an unspecified upgrade, I am now unable to access the puzzles there, despite being quite prepared to offer them money. A curious business model. I’d wonder about samizdat sources, but crossword setters don’t like to dabble in that direction (have you tried clueing it?)