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…)

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…)

More Magpie sightings

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This time, in France. Darren Roberts, who took the picture, says “There are 4 magpies perched and ready, whilst the fifth magpie remains always present despite being behind the scenes.” Captions welcome. (more…)

More Saharan Stories

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Those of you who followed the news of Neil Talbott’s Saharan adventure might be interested in this post-script.

Neil says, of his ultramarathon preparations, that “I thought you might like to know (more…)

A Saharan Adventure

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Many of you will know Neil Talbott, if not in person then at least by reputation. Neil’s crossword-solving skills are pretty good, as a glance at the Magpie stats will show, and a glance at the Listener stats will confirm. Like many of us, Neil has interests outside crosswords. Unlike many of us, those include (more…)

Mark’s Mind

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Here Mark Goodliffe, Times crossword solving champion and Magpie editor, gives a little insight into the thought processes that led him to his sixth championship win in 2012. (more…)

Welcome to Nerdsville, by AJ

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Welcome to Nerdsville, Croatia and the 2012 World Puzzle Championship. With a grandstand view of the island of Krk, it is a place with no vowels, but for one week only the world’s highest concentration of anoraks. Most of you have been to crossword gatherings so you know exactly what I mean. Compared with some of these guys, I’m (more…)

Fire alarm secures Olympic medal

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

A month ago, a casual glance at the UK Puzzle Association online forum alerted me to the fact that within a week there would be a Sudoku/Kenken competition taking place as part of the annual Mind Sports Olympiad in London. I had won the only crossword event held at the MSO, back in 2001. (more…)

The Magpie Future

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Many thanks to everyone whose suggestions were received on our finances and marketing, following our request for ideas in the February editorial.

We met last week to consider all the ideas put forward, and formed some conclusions about avenues we wished to explore.  The first thing to say is (more…)

GCHQ Challenge – Better than I thought

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

First of all, a slight retraction. I wrote in the editorial to Issue 101 that the GCHQ Challenge seemed likely to be less of a challenge than the Magpie. This was based, as I admitted, on having a go at a few of the puzzles that showed up early on during the challenge, and finding them to be (more…)