They’re very effective, but they’re also quite obvious (and ugly, I’ll admit). So inevitably, some wag who thinks he’s being original makes a remark about my glasses being fogged up or something like that when a call goes against his team. That’s my automatic: two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. I don’t care what the score is or whether you’ve been a perfect angel the rest of the game. Then once you’re in the penalty box, I’ll explain: “a referee who wears glasses is a referee who gets his eyes checked every season.”
Put on your solving glasses and have a go at this great variety of puzzles. The New York Times has a diagramless by Paula Gamache (blogged by Deb Amlen–spoiler warning), while the Wall Street Journal has Patrick Berry’s Cigar Boxes. Hints for both have been posted elsewhere on the blog.
Variety cryptics? Two of those, and believe it or not, the one by Kevin Wald is easier. Tom Toce created another of his three-dimensional puzzles.
Straight cryptics? A pair of them too. Hex in the National Post (as blogged by Falcon) and the regular syndicated puzzle from the Globe and Mail.
And variety solvers might enjoy Thursday's New York Times straight crossword (Wordplay link)–it’s not so straight after all.
So with all that puzzling going on, it’s a good week for Stickler to take a week off and celebrate his daughter’s wedding. We wish them many blissful years together.