Eclogue’s thoughts on the creation of this puzzle can be found here
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…)
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…)
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 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…)
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…)
Ever since my Listener puzzle Odd One Out [L3984] put the ‘fear of God’ into one of the Magpie editors I’d wanted to replicate that (more…)
If you want to know more about the process of setting this puzzle, just have a look at Phi’s blog post on the subject.