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New Kids on the Blog [Aug 22-27]

22 August, 2011

For so long generous with their puzzle trove, The Guardian has gone one extra step with a lively crossword blog. Curated by Alan Connor, the forums seems alive with wit and insight. There also seems scope for other word and puzzle tangents too. In many ways a steroid version of DA Central, the site looks well worth a browse.

Speaking of browsing, if Coles Funny Picture Book means anything to you, then take a listen to last week’s Hindsight doco about the rainbow king called Edward Cole. Yes, I do crop up along the way, harking back to days of flannelette jammies, just as Michael Leunig recalls the feral newness of these naughty pastiches. But in terms of pioneer puzzling, Mr Cole leads the local charge.

And lastly, when your not cracking the latest Times, and sharing your woes and yays in the forum here, then Melburnians feel free to wander into the Toff on Friday, or the BMW Edge at Fed Square to catch your web host in the real-live act of hosting two literary events at Melbourne Writers Fest. Both are pay events, which means I’ll make it worth your while, by dint of the Trade Practices Act.

Enjoy your solving, surfing and week.

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