One thing I learned is that Bad Reichenhall is the “Salt City” of Bavaria, so I mentioned my home town of Syracuse and shared my salt potato recipe with our guest Tobi. Meanwhile, Tobi has been attending school with Sabers, doing some sightseeing, and getting a taste of what life is like for an American high schooler.
So the next few posts will intersperse some culture and scenery with the puzzling.
The Wall Street Journal has a variety cryptic by Hex called “Alphabet Soup.” Like some of their other WSJ puzzles, this is not as hard as it looks, so be sure to give it a try. If you can’t figure out where to start, I’ve posted some hints elsewhere on the blog.
|The Bavarian Alps|
Hex’s straight cryptic in the National Post is blogged remotely by Falcon. There’s no thumbnail in the post, but the link works. Harder than usual. There’s some name-checking going on too.
The New York Times has a Hex acrostic this week (behind the paywall). Subscribers also have their monthly bonus puzzle from Fred Piscop.
The new issue of Contingencies is out, and rather than a cryptic, Tom Toce has an anagram puzzle in it.
Xanthippe has aimed for a little more polish in her British cryptic titled “Marge lets Norah see Sharon’s telegram (So many dynamos!)”.
Nathan Curtis’s weekly puzzle is a Snake Charmer. Nice bonus in that Nathan is also sharing some observations with us from the constructor’s perspective.