Puzzle me this

Published December 11, 2013

At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my ambitions to complete a puzzle book. Not a grand aim, I’ll grant you, and not one I thought it would take me almost twelve months to get back to.

I have, on occasion, sat down to write an update about my adventures through puzzle land, but as it turns out, writing about puzzles isn’t as entertaining as I thought it might be! Then again, actually doing them isn’t as good as I thought it would be either.

Puzzle montage

There are 51 puzzles in the book I bought, and so far I have completed 29 of them. That’s about 56% complete in twelve months. This could be a new record for the slowest completion of a monthly puzzle book ever!

For anyone that does actually care about these things, I liked the Arroword, I’ve always liked Logic ones, I managed a Codeword I didn’t think I could do, and one called Backwards that I didn’t even understand until I put pencil to paper.

Those I have left are either normal crosswords (there are a lot of these!), cryptic crosswords (which I don’t even…), repeats of ones I have already done, or they are so sparse I have no idea what to do with them. I mean, for example, this one.

Puzzle skeleton

If I wanted to stare at a simple grid, I’d have bought a pad of squared paper, right?

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