There’s something to be said for blocking the question “Which is the favourite of your puzzles?” with the same sort of response that parents have to “Which is your favourite child?”. There isn’t a pecking order, you want to say. And yet there is, of course – just as there often is in the parent-child relationship.
More pleasant is the way you stumble on a puzzle and recall it fondly – it briefly is a favourite, but it never supplants others. The new puzzle today is one such – glancing through a list of titles, this one sprang out at me, and I thought it was worth sharing. And when I opened the boxfile to get it ready for use, there, below it, published the very next day, was a further favourite, which I will set up next time. That was a good weekend!
The puzzle today is This House Believes… from the Inquisitor series (I’ve reinstated here the ellipsis I feel the title needs!). It exploits an oddity in the English language which only became more pronounced the more I collected examples. And, yes, it does have two squares already filled in, in an already smaller-then-usual grid – what more could you want? A bigger puzzle? That’ll be next time…
Speaking of setter’s blogs, there’s one up for the recent Enigmatic Variations puzzle Arrival.
Between now and next time Pedro produces a Times Quick Cryptic and Kcit a Toughie, both on Thursday 24 October.