Link to puzzle: http://www.thenation.com/article/177715/puzzle-no-3308
Degree of difficulty (by standards of this weekly puzzle): easy
Hozom’s comment: Happy New Year, in which Hot and Trazom share the virtues of resolving and re-solving. Most of the time, I strive to parse out and understand every clue I solve, and I have to with the The Nation puzzles so that I can blog them comprehensively. In my case, the re-solve resolution ought to address the unfinished Kevin Wald cryptics on my clipboard: in most of them the grid is completely or almost completely filled, but I haven’t been able to figure out the secondary puzzle and answers. Those are always rewarding to get, so after the hardest work is done, I ought to go back and get the payoff.
Since there were nine epee fencers in the Christmas Eve tournament, the director decided to have everyone in one big round robin instead of dividing into two pools. Thus there were a lot of bouts to be fenced. After the foil event was over, we took over the strip they were using so three bouts could go at a time instead of two. But there were only two referees. The director calls the next bout, looks at me and asks, can you ref them?