Shall we just go with “life got in the way?” Leaving one job, starting another, fighting and mending fences with two old friends and finishing the final draft of On Crosswords are just the things I can talk about. So let’s catch up before Income Tax Day slips out of our memories completely:
Jeanne Godard re-imagines crosswords, among other things, as dance. (News writeup here.)
The sneaky thrill of Yahoo’s puzzle format.
Will Shortz is honing internationally competitive table tennis players.
Another study, or review of 40 years of studies, calls crosswords, Sudoku and such the chief weapon against dementia. Alert readers may remember we’ve been down this road before, with exercise and advanced tech also touted as the solutions. The Nursing Times sifts through the data carefully and finds it valuable with qualifiers, whereas The Express turns it into an opportunity to plug its own puzzle section: “We’d advise everybody to just give it a go and see if it works for them!” After all, if it doesn’t, it’s not like you’ll remember to complain about it!
Try solving another cryptic clue Jeeves couldn’t. Or compose one for STATE FUNERAL or the late Ms. Thatcher.
Finally, you may know that beloved BBC detective Inspector Morse loves crosswords, but did you know that he and his faithful bagman are actually named for constructors?