The Magpie Party

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Thanks for coming to London to celebrate the Magpie’s 12th birthday with us. Darren Roberts walked away with the new trophy, the PotY potty, donated by Mash, for the amazing More Lines. Simon Melen was awarded the solver award for keeping up with Matthew Auger for the whole of 2014.

Lost Property: a dark blue chunky wool knit scarf was picked up at the end of the evening. If you think it is yours, please get in touch and we will try to get it back to you.

Party Puzzle [updated]: Gross Misconduct by Mr Magoo was handed out to everyone at the party. The prize for the fastest solver went to Ray Parry-Morris, and the Nina prize has now been collected. Congratulations to everyone who sent it in, and especially Philip Sant, whose e-mail reached us first. Here is the solution.

Turning The Tables III from the setter’s point of view

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

I started setting this puzzle around about the same time as the previous two (more…)

End of the Line(s) by Shark

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Blogs might not be everyone’s cup of tea and this is effectively three blogs in one, but if you are intrigued to know what aliens have to do with rolling balls then keep reading… (more…)

Richard Wells

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Mark Goodliffe

Sad news reaches us of the death of Richard Wells, a long-time subscriber recently turned published Magpie setter. (more…)

Eclogue’s Efforts: A Little Light Entertainment

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Eclogue’s thoughts on the creation of this puzzle can be found here

Cutting capers – a setter’s tale by Ploy

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

The idea of a Henry Ernest Dudeney crossword had been in the back of my mind for some time, and his minimal triangle-square dissection seemed a possible candidate. Dudeney (1857-1930) was a prolific (more…)

Trikubical – a Prog Rhombus Revival

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

In the months that saw the release of the albums Animals by Pink Floyd, Songs From The Wood by Jethro Tull and Works Vol I by Emerson Lake and Palmer, Games and Puzzles magazine published a series of three articles written by Rhombus on the setting of crossnumber puzzles. (more…)

Roddy Forman

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

By Mark Goodliffe

My next-door neighbour at the 1999 Times Crossword Championship final noticed me struggling with the Listener in between the competition puzzles. “I’m the setter of next week’s,” he told me, which didn’t help settle any nerves. So began (more…)

Dan Peake’s 2500 Clue Challenge

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Dan Peake has been a Magpie subscriber for some time now, but the Magpie only lasts one month, and Dan likes a long haul, so he has set himself a meatier challenge. We told you a little about it when he originally proposed the idea. The challenge is (more…)

Two Girls, One on Each Knee (7) – A Book Review

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The Magpie was sent a review copy of Two Girls, One on Each Knee (7) by Alan Connor. Here is our review.

This Christmas marks, almost exactly, the 100th anniversary of the crossword, and here is an ideal Christmas present for the crossworder in your life. There is something in this book for everyone who (more…)