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Conundrum 9

21 June, 2012

For some odd reason, I’ve been blocked from my own forums this morning, in case you thought I was quiet. Which means I’m not Danube, or Checkpoint Charlie – just in case you like to play Storm Cluedo. It also means I’ve been busting to comment about Cryptic Court 4. My remarks in a nutshell:

  1. Thanks for your input – and enlightenment. My lawsuit against Messrs Ohm and Ampere has been scrapped.

  2. As current = I is alien to my arts-heavy upbringing, I’m reluctant to use the ruse in my own clues. With the real possibility of the same shorthand estranging my regular solver as well.

  3. Great to hear from Mr Anax – and it seems ‘away’ is here to stay. Away with the pixies? Away = abroad. I get the appeal, but still not digging it. However, my solving antennae are tuned.

  4. Paul was fun last night (and so was Macbeth at the Arts Centre). And looking forward to Peto as FT 14034, plus the RK-friendly clue in today’s Times (sez Anthony).

Lastly, just to soften my soapbox, I dreamt up a puzzle in the wee small hours: What vast, well-known part of Australia is top gear beside a so-called car? That should jolt the neurons.

PS – hoping my backroom wonks can fix the post hitch post-haste.

PPS – you must check out the sequels to word nerd at Elena’s Mystery Window. You’ll encounter moving gnomes, trapeze virgins and a real-life superhero. That last one is a total joy.

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