|Wouldn't you like to be in a nice cool ice rink on a very hot weekend?|
The State Games of America are just two weeks away now, so the Mitchell participants are working themselves into top form. Sabers is at his training camp, doing fencing-related activities eight to twelve hours a day. Bangle and The Other Doctor Mitchell are at the rink most of the day: two to three hours of skating each day and an off-ice class.
They all have some additional competition prior to State Games: a home fencing tournament and the Lehigh Valley Sportsfest this weekend and Skate Wilmington next weekend. Me? I get to write the checks and do the laundry. I'll do two puzzles a day too.
This weekend's puzzles start with a Section Eight by Patrick Berry in the Wall Street Journal. I posted some hints earlier in case you get stuck. Don't resort to them too soon. If you get some of the ring 1 sections completed and figure out a few of the middle ring words, you can get an approximate location and direction for those middle rings. Then the rest of the ring 1 sector will give you a letter bank for the rest of the middle ring word.
The New York Times variety puzzle (behind the paywall) is a diagramless by Fred Piscop. Deb Amlen calls it “sensible.” I'll be back with a solution after I get my copy. Update: the solution is posted.
Xanthippe has another new British cryptic: xii if you're counting.
Finally, we say "thank you" to Aries, who is laying down the pencil after creating 117 Rows Gardens. That's enough for a couple of books: it would be great if he could find a publisher for them (maybe Puzazz?)
|Danger! Saber fencer!|