The story is kind of long so scroll down if you want to read more: here are this week's puzzles. As sometimes works out, this week is a threefer by Hex (all-star constructors Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon).
"Connect the Dots," a variety cryptic by Hex, is this week's WSJ Saturday puzzle. Early reviews say it's hard, and you'd better be prepared for typical Hex use of secondary definitions.
Hex have the dinner menu in their weekly block cryptic in the National Post (link to Falcon).
And their usual bi-weekly New York Times acrostic (link to Deb Amlen's Wordplay blog at the NYT)
(hockey story below the fold)
While you were eating brunch last Sunday morning, I was down at the Wells Fargo Center at our referee seminar. This year, the district reconfigured their advanced seminars into bigger regional programs instead of smaller local programs. That way, the programming could be more specialized, and the instructors had a chance to revise things based on how the first group reacted to their presentation. It also was a great chance to catch up with some old partners I hadn't seen in a while.