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Here are the weekend’s puzzles to curl up in front of the fireplace with.
The Wall Street Journal puzzle is a variety cryptic by Hex called “For Starters.” The solution has been posted elsewhere on the blog. Hex also have their regular cryptic in the National Post, solved and blogged by Falcon. He says you should use your imagination with it.
Your other weekend cryptic is from the Globe and Mail: in a Java version or a print version (try it at 90% scaling to make it all fit a single page). It’s harder than the National Post puzzle, and closer to a British style. We still need a blogger for this puzzle: want to do it? I’ll be glad to help you get started.
The New York Times puzzle (behind the paywall) is a Hex acrostic. Deb Amlen thinks it’s somewhat harder than usual. Speaking of the Times, they have a couple of notes in the blog that you should pay attention to. They say the Thursday puzzle is better in PDF or print form than the Java version, and there was a sequencing error in the print paper.
That sequencing error involved a very special collaboration: the organizers of the MIT Mystery Hunt enlisted Will Shortz as a confederate, and Hunt participants had to figure out that one of their puzzles would be founs in the Times. Much of the Hunt (which did not include any cryptics) is now online: see http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/heuristic/ for the announcement, and http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/2014/ for the puzzles themselves. Congratulations to the winners: a team called “One Fish Two Fish Random Fish Blue Fish” won in a time of 38.5 hours.