A few quick news stories while I’m passing:
I have been extremely slack in never linking to Puzzlebomb other than in the blogroll. This is a monthly assortment of hand-crafted puzzles, and it’s admirable for its breadth of focus. The people who write it have a puzzle hunt tradition, with rather a considerable degree of success, and it shows. You do get logic puzzles and maths puzzles sometimes, but there are very usually word puzzles as well, and at their best the whole package can be tremendously original. I particularly enjoyed the current April edition (.pdf file) with an ambitious arithmetic wordsearch. Solve it now before the solution is posted at the start of May, then enjoy the previous 2+ years of puzzles in the archive.
Looking further ahead, the dates have been announced for this year’s US Sudoku Qualifier and US Puzzle Championship. They’re on May 3rd and May 17th respectively, which I reckon feel rather earlier in the year than usual, and both contests start at 6pm BST. For the longest time, the US Puzzle Championship was the only contest of its type open to the public at large, so it has long been extremely popular and remains a highlight on the calendar.
From Friday 25th April (or, er, today) until Monday 28th April, the fourth leg of the World Puzzle Federation’s Puzzle Grand Prix series is taking place. This leg is set by solvers from the Czech Republic, who have been an extremely strong presence since the world championships started over twenty years ago. The instruction booklet suggests there will be 16 puzzles to solve in the usual 90 minutes, and they look likely to be good ones to me.
I’ll probably be solving the Puzzle GP on Sunday or Monday, because of a certain little something happening tomorrow called DASH 6, which I believe I may have mentioned once or twice…