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26 August, 2010

No rest for the puzzled. Have you got a copy yet? Don’t muck about. Meanwhile:

  • Tune into the Conversation Hour this Monday – 30/8 – to hear about my chequered career and why the kinky history of puzzles on 774, after eleven.

  • Melbourne Writers Festival kicks off this week. My first session, A Wordsmith’s Dream, is a sell-out. Though if your thing is clouds and waves, then rock up next Saturday [5/9] to hear Gavin Pretor-Pinny talk about submarine races and philosophy.

  • Alternatively, for the budding journo out there, take a chance on the master-class with Miriam Cosic, Amanda Lohrey and myself on Sunday, September 6 – Seminar 4: Feature Writing.

  • In no hurry? More into crosswords? Well later next month, drop by the Wheeler Centre on October 6. If you ask real nice he may even scribble on your masthead.

  • Then again, if you live in Sydney, why not have a crack at joining the Letters & Numbers circus? That’s right, auditions are slated for the Sydney CBD on Saturday 4/9. You wish to register, then call Laura soon on 03 9524 2517. You Melbourne types, keep sharp, and visit the L&N site often, as auditions recur regularly. For more about the show More info

  • Note: members of the Australian Crossword Club, then you get a discounted copy via their newsletter. Or if you’re a diehard DA Tripper, then compose a brilliant clue and snag a freebie.

  • Now with the copy and sales record in hand, keep your eyes peeled on the Allen & Unwin website for your chance to win a free newspaper subscription and a stocking full of new books by composing more clever clues. Four major prizes up for grabs.

Enough eventing? Even I'm fading, and this is my own private barnstorm! Hope to see you around the traps, and should you buy Puzzled – nibble it slowly.


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