The official instructions to umpires are clear: “Do not come running with your arm up or down, denoting ‘out’ or ‘safe.’ Wait until the play is completed before making any arm motion.” In this situation, the absence of an “out” call sufficiently communicates that there was no tag.
The Wall Street Journal has a real treat: “Choices”: a variety cryptic by Hex with a quite novel grid. Be warned it’s harder than most weekend Journal puzzles, but worth your effort. 31a and 8d are pretty obscure: trust the wordplay. The solution is posted elsewhere on the blog.
Hex also have their weekly straight cryptic in the National Post, solved and annotated for you by Falcon. I heard half a theme in there about music; it would have been nice for Hex to theme more of the clues.
An uncommon straight bar cryptic is Tom Toce’s latest, published in the new issue of Contingencies. “No Bells, No Whistles” would be the antithesis of the Mitchell Sunday, as I referee and The Other Doctor Mitchell rings in the handbell choir. Note a minor printer’s error in that puzzle: there should be another bar immediately under the square numbered 27.
This weekend’s New York Times puzzle (behind the paywall) is an acrostic by Hex, and the monthly bonus puzzle for subscribers is also up: it’s a Fred Piscop puzzle for National Novel Writing Month.
And catching up with Kevin Wald, here’s another small puzzle of his: themed as usual. Amazing how many puzzles he creates when there must be a lot of work going into each one.
Bonus puzzle: Rock fans should know that BEQ composed a straight crossword in memory of Lou Reed.
Nathan Curtis’s site had a few technical problems last weekend, but it’s working all right now. No new puzzles yet though. Xanthippe is feeling emboldened so she is busy creating another new one.