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Clues, Views, News

11 March, 2011

As the last post slowly cools – and what a fine and furious forum we enjoyed as well – I should seize the moment to let you know a few bits of biz you may appreciate. For something different, let’s approach this in an orderly fashion shall we?

  1. Our esteemed judge of the Grand Clue Comp – none other than Loroso – has a puzzle appearing in Thursday’s Financial Times. You can hit this link to reach a printer-friendly version of his crossword, which looks a trademark gem.

  2. I’ll be chairing an authors' panel next Friday – March 25 – at the State Library of Victoria, in company with novelist Max Barry, kids writer Wendy Orr, literary agent Jacinta di Mase and story wizard Emmett Stinson. Combined with dinner and booze, the powwow tackles the rights of writers, and the offer to attend is open to anyone with a bookish bent. Details here.

  3. Next Saturday, March 26 , if you happen to be in reach of the remote, then hit Channel 2 at 6pm to watch Can We Help. One segment I’ve been told will trail a semi-familiar crossword maker ushering Pete Rowsthorn through the rare book collection of that same Victorian library, this time to hunt down antique puzzle books. A post-air podcast will be your other option, but worth a look purely for what we unearth.

  4. And just to spread myself a little thinner across the media lanscape, come Monday, March 28, you can tune your radio dial to 693AM around 2.30pm. Get the right frequency and you’ll be hearing the velour tones of Denis Walter chatting with lateral thinking larrikin, Glenn Capelli and myself about just the subject – creative cogitation.

Pretty much what goes on here, in fact, 24/7 at WordWeb Inc. The home of all spring-heeled harebrains.

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