I’m glad it’s not just me. Yes, I’ve been ‘guilty’ of introducing harder puzzles to the Sunday Times series, but blog comments indicate that tougher challenges are being presented by traditionally easy series such as the Observer and Independent. It would be interesting to know what solvers feel about this trend.
For my part, I’ve always regarded gentle Sunday cryptics as very slightly odd. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t disapprove. Easy cryptics are vital. But it’s usually the case that, for many quality dailies, the Monday puzzle tends to be the easiest of the week, and I’d have thought that if you’re going to have easy puzzles shouldn’t they be at the beginning of the working week, when the working day itself dictates (for many) that solving time is at a premium? Comparatively few people work on Sunday, so is there any harm in this day’s puzzle offering enough of a challenge to keep you going for as much of the day as you need?
What do you think?