Just in case anyone was interested. Rather darker than expected due to the presence of brown rather than caster sugar, but it smells wonderful. The feijoas behind it are mostly this morning’s windfalls, from the one tree which is advanced enough to have windfalls. The other two trees have fewer feijoas but will keep us going for a month or so. Watch out for the feijoa, ginger and coconut shortbread…
It is an odd Easter without any eggs. We had meant to visit a chocolatier just a couple of days before lockdown, and forgot and missed our chance. So I am planning to make a feijoa and ginger cake later today as a sort of local version of parkin. (I always remember parkin as an Easter thing but I can’t find much justification for that. But it’s cake, so who needs justification?)
The puzzle this weekend is from late 2014 in the Enigmatic Variations series. Given that date, I can point you at a fifteensquared blog as well as my own setter’s blog on this site – but do try the puzzle first. Next week I plan to upload the 2019 APEX crossword, the competition for which has now completed.
That will coincide with a special Inquisitor for these troubled times. Look out for it.
This week’s puzzle is from 2014, and you can also consult the fifteensquared blog (but, really, don’t go and look till you’ve solved it). I’m delighted to reprint it as a sort of not too belated 90th birthday tribute.
I’ve also identified puzzle updates for the site for the next few weeks, so please keep coming back.
You can also pick up new puzzles from me: two next Friday – a Times Quick cryptic and a Good Friday puzzle for the Independent. The i will have an Inquisitor of mine on April 11, and I have it on good authority that PINK may be appearing soon as well.
I did promise to try to put up a puzzle weekly during the current situation, and it would be pretty poor to miss week 1. So here is an Inquisitor from 2014 – How to Spell CAT – which surely looks simple enough… (There are even hints elsewhere on this website.)
I can give you advance warning of my next Inquisitor – Easter Saturday, April 11 (which happens to be my sister’s birthday, but that isn’t the theme).
I wonder when the first coronavirus themed puzzle will appear?