Here we are in the long weekend for NZ’s Waitangi Day. I’m also now on leave for a few days, so of course I have hardly any time…
The puzzle this week is a Beelzebub from 1997. I plunged my hand into the 1997 boxfile and selected one more or less from the middle (July, as it turned out). When I came to transcribe it for the site I found it strangely familiar.
Setters can’t remember every puzzle they do, and particularly not plain puzzles. This isn’t to say anything against plain puzzles, just that the working of an individual theme is more likely to stick in the mind. So I was struck that the answers and even the grid pattern rang a bell. It’s not as if it was one of my earliest Beelzebubs (see the Beelzebub page for how they came about), but I eventually concluded that it was another 12×12 grid I had had lying about for some time, and suddenly unearthed a couple of years into the run. And the sense of “Fancy finding another one I can use” must have just edged it ahead of the rest in my memory.
Either that or my memory has started to work again, which is much less likely. Anyway, I have leave coming up and things to do. One of them is to circulate the APEX clues, which will happen after I buy some stamps and send off the postal component. APEXians, keep your eyes on your inboxes.