With three puzzles champing to be gridded (in case you can hear that noise in the background), there is no time to put up a puzzle this weekend.
I shall offer as compensation the following quote from Caimh McDonnell’s new novel Love Will Tear Us Apart:
“There had technically been a death threat. ‘Technically’ because, as Ox had put it, the intersection in the Venn diagram of individuals who complete crosswords and those who firebomb buildings was either empty or humanity was already doomed.”
The crossword then becomes a minor running joke throughout the book. But meanwhile, put those Molotov cocktails away, OK? And Ox is a character, he’s been in the previous two books in the series. Not a talking bovine. That would be silly. But there is a talking dog. And Caimh is apparently pronounced Qweeve.
I will also note the passing of Christopher Fowler, whose Bryant and May detective novels have given me tremendous pleasure over the years, since I absently picked up the first in the series from the remainder section of Borders in Wellington. (Yes, Borders bookshop – that long ago.) There will be a tribute puzzle appearing in due course.
Next week sees an Inquisitor from Phi on 11 March, with a Toughie from Kcit a few days later on 15 March. Other than that you have the Friday Independents, of course.
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