The email I received quite recently was rather sad. It came from a novice setter – I won’t give any details here, but it revolved around the frustration of what was felt to be an inability to get a full set of clues good enough for publication or submission. Essentially the tone was “I keep getting it wrong”. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for the ‘Newsification’ Category
…this puzzle is rubbish. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
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 »
A message from John Henderson (aka Nimrod, Elgar, Io)
SLOGGERS AND BETTERS – Sheffield
I’d like to invite you all to a party that I’m organising at the Sheffield Tap on Saturday, October 26th. The excuse (who really needs one?) is that I shall be celebrating the slightly ripe middle age of 50, and I’d like as many friends as possible to be there! Read the rest of this entry »
Yes, it’s a long time since I updated the blog. Two reasons – very busy and haven’t had much to talk about. But for reasons unknown a communal concept popped into my head, and hopefully it’ll be a bit of harmless fun in which I hope you’ll participate. Here it is:
Who would you describe as the (insert name here) of crossword setting?
Let’s start on possibly controversial ground. Who would you call the Frankie Boyle of crossword setting?