We seem to have ended up with five Advent calendars: ink, tea, beer, toiletries and charms for a bracelet. The season appears to be becoming more interesting than its immediate successor.
But it’s a good reminder that one of the main crossword seasons is approaching. I completed the Independent crossword for Christmas week a few days ago, while the BBC Music Magazine one was sent off some time ago. I have the annual Apex puzzle to prepare, and something planned for the site over Christmas that will also take a fair bit of preparation (it’s proven too big for any other outlet). The last posting dates for Christmas are up: the last Listener entry I can expect to arrive is only a couple of weeks away (even assuming UK has operational postage services in the run-up to Christmas).
Which means things are a bit busy, as the day-to-day stuff also needs attention, so I’ll not stay long today. It’s the BBC Music Magazine that sees a new puzzle this time round. As for puzzles before the next update: the Independent Friday appearances continue, joined by a Telegraph Toughie on November 3rd, and a Church Times puzzle on November 11th.