There are already seasonal puzzles around, and the stack will only increase. I am not putting up a new puzzle this time as there is too much going on; not least the puzzle I am intending to put up on Christmas Eve is taking rather more work to prepare, so I need to clear some decks.
Before that the annual APEX puzzle will be going out to participants, and there will also be a setter’s blog (on Wednesday or Thursday this week) for the recent ‘Entity’ in the Inquisitor series. I have a set of proofs awaiting attention too (for Monthname 202x, so within seven years; that implies no real urgency, I guess, though the readiness of my desk to eat documents implies the opposite).
I shall limit myself to noting the puzzles I have coming out before Christmas: there’s a Pangakupu in The Guardian on Tuesday 13 December, with a Times puzzle the following day. Then there’s the regular Friday slot in The Independent on 16 December. And then the pattern breaks as I am next in The Independent on Christmas Eve (a theme that I reckon will be both very obvious and quite obscure). I have been advised that I have the New Year’s Eve slot too, but I can verify that next time.
Get ready for the puzzle rush…