Easter, and the combination of warmish sunshine and boisterous gales is hurling feijoas to the ground in their scores – something in excess of one hundred this week alone. I have just decanted a cupful into a fruit loaf without any apparent diminution in the baskets and bowls of them that we have around the kitchen. We will have to start covertly leaving bags of them on neighbouring doorsteps. Last year I couldn’t even offload quantities at work because of cries of; “No, no, our own tree’s doing very well”, and this year WFH might as well mean Watching Feijoa Heaps.
What will happen when our other two trees get their eye in is anyone’s guess. A neighbour’s tree is lobbing some over the fence as well.
The new puzzle this time round is from the Enigmatic Variations series, and because it’s fairly recent (2018) there’s a setter’s blog (which, unusually, is a double blog – I think IQ and EV were both mine that weekend), and here also is a link to the fifteensquared solver’s blog. (You might want to try the puzzle first.)
My forthcoming puzzles are the usual Friday appearances in the Independent (22 and 29 April), while Pedro appears in the Times Quick slot on 27 April, and I also have the Times 15×15 on 28 April. And if for whatever reason I don’t get around to updating the blog in a punctual manner in a fortnight’s time, there’s a new EV on 1 May (unless, as is always the case, exceptional circumstances intervene).