Setting the scene
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.
Puzzles that stem from the setting partnership that is Rood occur out of desperation (more…)
Pedro has provided some insight into the setting of After the Outing, and also his own identity, at his web site.
I understand that several setters create their crosswords, leave them and solve them again some time later. They then can rewrite those clues that they feel are below the mark and only then send off the puzzle for publication. I have never (more…)
I love Stanley Kubrick’s films, they are visually stunning. Every frame is carefully composed and often carries deeper meaning. I saw a restored version of the film last year at the BFT and I was just as impressed in 2011 as when I had seen it as a teenager in 1968. Its ground-breaking effects earned Kubrick (more…)
The first version of this puzzle was oh so different from the published version. I had the title Highway 61 Revisited and a 5×5 grid spaced out with arrows in between each cell. The clues gave (more…)
As many Magpie solvers will realise this was a follow-on from Dumber Muzzle in Magpie 99. That was compiled in the spirit of “can it be done?”. It had a 7×8 grid with 35 clues. The logic started in a corner and (more…)