There was similar situation in a men’s league game once, when a couple of players took advantage of the jam-up to crunch me and my whistle into the boards. I came out of it OK, but one of the welds of the fingerclamp got loose and made the whistle wobbly. Not a fatal injury, but career-ending (for the whistle, not me...).
Then there was the time last season I had a routine offside, and when I blew the whistle all it went was ‘tithhh.’ The pea had gotten jammed in the chamber. I shook it, blew again, and got the right sound. “Sprained whistle,” I explained with a smile to the coach.
Do your stretches, prevent injury. Stretch your brain now?
Cryptics first. There’s a new Harper’s out this week, and the Richard Maltby puzzle in it is called “Hex Signs.” Some of the same strategies for getting a toehold on the puzzle apply here as with the Seven Sages last week. No further hints, since it’s a prize puzzle. With the new puzzle up, Erica ought to have her annotation of the November puzzle up soon, but it wasn’t posted, last I checked.
Meanwhile, Hex have their regular straight cryptic in the National Post. I thought it was a little more difficult than usual. Both Falcon and I were groping to find a theme in the puzzle: Falcon with more success than me.
And it’s time for the quarterly Mark Halpin opus. The title: “Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch” is a reference to a song from Sondheim’s musical Company. It’s not too hard, and there’s a fun ending.
No new puzzle yet from LizR, but her fans are waiting in eager anticipation for a puzzle to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who: which premiered November 23, 1963.
Come back for an update when the Nathan Curtis variety puzzle is posted.