On the field or online, it’s always best to conduct yourself as though you’re miked up and other people will hear everything you say.
Puzzle-wise, it's definitely a weekend for variety. The New York Times puzzle (behind the paywall) is a diagramless by Paula Gamache. Look for the solution here Sunday afternoon.
This week’s puzzle from Nathan Curtis is a cool new hexagonal Pathfinder. Give it a try and share your thoughts on it with Nathan.
The Wall Street Journal has a Patrick Berry Rows Garden for us this weekend. If you’re having trouble with it, I have the enumerations for you in an earlier post. If you’re stuck on the last dark bloom, just trust the force, Luke. One thing I noticed about this puzzle was that the row answers were all about the same length, so there wasn’t much interlock between the left and right halves of the puzzle, making it harder. If you you have a couple of longer (13-14 letter) answers in consecutive rows, then the one you get can help you with the intersecting blooms, which in turn help with the long answer in the next row. But nearly all these were 10s and 11s.
Don’t expect a Thanksgiving theme in this weekend’s National Post puzzle by Hex. The NP is a Canadian paper, and Falcon and our other neighbors to the north celebrated Thanksgiving a month ago. I found part of it easy and part hard.
If you want a suitably themed cryptic to solve while the turkey is in the oven, try this 2008 puzzle by Ucaoimhu.
LizR’s promised Doctor Who extravaganza isn’t up yet. I’ll keep an eye out. If you’re a fan of the show, this might be your perfect introduction to Brit cryptics, since you’ll get more answers from definitions and intersecting letters. When you get them, you can then try to sort out the wordplay.
Finally, when you’re ready to put down your pencil, enjoy this article about constructing in the old days.