I normally put this up at the start of May or thereabouts, but I have brought it a little forward as something extra for the current unusual circumstances.
The annual APEX puzzle, circulated to a group of about 50 solvers, forms the backbone of this site, and you can access them all on the relevant page. The 2019 edition is the last on the list, or you can go direct to it here. There is always a clue-writing competition with the puzzle, and the solution page includes the winning clues.
New Zealand may be coming out of the most severe lockdown somewhere around Wednesday or Thursday next week, but it is not anticipated that a great deal will change. A few extra shops may open, and that might include post offices, so perhaps I can get stamps for those puzzles still requiring postal entries (though I doubt I can do much about transit times across locked down borders). I gather UK post offices – at least ones that are open – are few and far between if this photograph of London is anything to go by:
You will need your knowledge of perspective to determine the likely position of the Post Office (assuming it isn’t around a corner). The snap was provided by a Toccata Classics email. The site is well worth a visit and while you could still order physical CDs (and consign someone to that queue for an hour – at least the weather was fine that day), you might want to try the downloads instead. (Not that the Royal Mail would send them to NZ, of course.)
Puzzles this week – well, you have the reappearance of PINK today (I’m sorry, P I N K), and there’s a Times daily on Wednesday 22nd, as well as The Independent online on Friday 24th. A blog on my recent Inquisitor is set for publication around 6.30 am NZ time on the 22nd, or the evening of the 21st UK time.