Xim vs Lib – again!   3 comments

Yes, the battle rages on, as some of you may have noticed. I’ve resisted involvement for a couple of reasons. Adding comments could have been seen as attacking other setters, which I would never do, but I’m also aware that – in terms of the setting population – my opinion is one of several hundred and I have no claim to be any more right than anyone else. However, in the comparative safety of my own online space I can at least offer a couple of thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 26, 2014 by Anax in Uncategorized

I have no interest in trees, ergo…   2 comments

…this puzzle is rubbish. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted June 18, 2014 by Anax in Newsification

Grid Balance   Leave a comment

For some reason several questions about grid balance have cropped up in the past month, and the best one to answer is the simple “What is it?” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 15, 2014 by Anax in Uncategorized

The Muse   4 comments

It’s been a few years since I wrote a song – five years, in fact, since I rustled up a bassline, drum patterns, chord sequence and lyric to a something that became ‘No Chilli’, which I went on to record with my bandmate Dave. It’s a good song, turned out really well (I’m sure I uploaded it to YouTube but I can’t find it). It turned out well because The Muse was there as I wrote it, and how pretentious that sounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 13, 2014 by Anax in Uncategorized

Goodbye Araucaria   1 comment

It’s not like me to be star-struck. Really, it isn’t. Celebrity is something that never interested me, and on those rare occasions when I’ve been in the company of famous people I’ve never gone into ‘please let me be seen with you’ mode. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 29, 2013 by Anax in Newsification

Who do you listen to?   5 comments

Like solvers, crossword setters are always learning. Even if we have a thorough knowledge of the technical rules, sticking to them is no guarantee that our work will entertain, or even meet overall satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 11, 2013 by Anax in Newsification

Puns and Spoonerisms in conflict?   2 comments

Whenever I put a phrase answer in a grid one of the first things I look at – especially if nothing else has immediately sprung out – is whether or not the opening letters point to a Spoonerism. Often they don’t but, when they do, the temptation is there, but it’s tinged with reluctance. And that’s difficult to understand. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted November 8, 2013 by Anax in Newsification

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