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On we go   6 comments

In good and bad ways it’s been a busy couple of months. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 16, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

Best of luck goes incognito   11 comments

Because it was a prize puzzle, live until today, I spent last week in a fever of impatience, desperate to start writing about one of the nicest and strangest of clue-writing experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 17, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

All of it   Leave a comment

My first job after leaving school was with a graphic design company in Manchester. The pay was too low for me to afford public transport, so I cycled there and back. No great hardship, of course, but it meant I didn’t have the luxury of tackling a crossword during the commute. To be honest, buying the paper would have been an extravagance on my wage. Occasionally, though, I called in at the newsagent across the road and picked up The Guardian so I could at least have a crack during lunch. My time at the company was short, but it saw me go from ‘crossword clueless’ to ‘a bit flash’; it also told me I would be a cryptic setter and that The Guardian’s inventiveness was my model and my place to start. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 4, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

Back in the swing…   3 comments

Everybody loves Christmas, right? Well, I’m a long way from what you’d call Mr Grumpy, but sometimes I wonder. If I’m not setting puzzles I’m not earning so, while the festive period is enjoyable, it does mean a break as I commit to family stuff and – usually – a busier period for the band, and that can be a problem. Writing good clues consistently requires being ‘in the zone’, and the zone is fickle. Leave it for a few days and getting back to where you left off can be frustratingly difficult. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted February 5, 2015 by Anax in Uncategorized

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

Grid Balance   1 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