It’s not something in the book, but a lesson passed on to novice refs in training camp: take off your whistle and put it in your pocket when there’s a scuffle and you’re going in to separate the players. Depending on who’s teaching that part of the seminar, you’ll be advised there are other times to put your whistle in your pocket. A lot of guys ignore that advice; it’s a bother to always be taking off and putting on your whistle. But I’ve made it a habit.
Why do you put the whistle in your pocket? Read on after the weekend’s puzzles.
Last week, my post and Nathan’s look to have crossed in the mail. So there are two of his puzzles to commend to you: last week’s was a Pathfinder (good one!) and this week Nathan offers his first Split Ends (a puzzle type not to be confused with the “Split Ends” puzzles Will Sortz constructs for the New York Times).
The Wall Street Journal puzzle this weekend is “Omission Statement,” a variety cryptic by Hex. This one is on the easy side, and even includes an acrostic final answer, so it’s definitely worth a try. By contrast, the weekly Hex puzzle in the National Post is harder than usual. I liked the grid, which included a dozen nine- and ten-letter words. Falcon will help you though it if you need.
The Fraser Simpson cryptic in the Globe and Mail (printable, Java) is at its usual (hard) level of difficulty.
The NYT has a Hex acrostic this week (behind the paywall).
Good news! Erica has survived the bedbugs and posted her assessment of the tackiness of this month’s Harpers.
Back to hockey. Why do you put the whistle in your pocket? Because of the metal clamp that holds it on your fingers. If you get hit on the whistle, it’s a good way to sprain or break your fingers (I’ve broken seven, but none of them because of the whistle). Yesterday proved the point.