Among several puzzles handed out at the Birmingham event was a puzzle offering the prize of a bottle of red wine and a book of Guardian crosswords by Rufus, kindly donated by Roger Squires himself. As if that wasn’t enough, Roger also donated a truly wonderful historical artefact – Torquemada’s 112 Best Crossword Puzzles with Portrait & Memoirs, published in 1942.
The tome is in remarkable condition for its age. The first crossword has been completed in pencil, and there are a few tentative starters in the second; I think this adds to the book!
Anyway, because there was so much on offer at the S&B it risked creating a room of silence as people solved instead of talked. Thankfully that didn’t happen and, on the day, only 4 entries were handed in. It was agreed that the best and fairest way would be to make the puzzle available for solving after the event, so here it is. Firstly, the interactive version:
And a PDF version if you want to print and solve:
I haven’t really thought about the best form for submitting entries although email is patently ideal. The ‘Submit’ function of Crossword Compiler is something I’ve never got my head round, so for now the only suggestion I can make is a screengrab of the completed interactive grid or a scan of the completed PDF. These can be emailed to me using firstname.lastname@example.org
The other thing I haven’t thought about is how to pick a winner, but that’s a minor thing at the moment. The four entries I received on the day are already in, so those four entrants don’t need to re-complete the puzzle. Otherwise, please let me have your entries by Friday 15th July.