I think this may be the first post I’ve written while sitting outside. Summer has kicked in here in Wellington, and while it hasn’t quite zapped the infamous wind, it has turned it northerly, and reasonably warm. All the more surprising as it is a public holiday weekend.
The puzzle this time is one from the very end of the Beelzebub series – indeed, for a while we thought it would be the last. I took the opportunity to work in a Nina, which I didn’t do very often in Beelzebub. But I was running out of time to do it, so in it went. In the end, there was a request for a very final puzzle the following week, which, as a result, also included a Nina, this time commemorating the whole series (and which was turned round in double quick time).
As noted last time, it’s a bit of a quiet period for me since a flurry of puzzles at the start of the year. So you have mainly my Friday appearances in the Independent to look forward to, though there will be a Times cryptic on 4 February. I should be back a couple of days after that.