As a contrast to my state of health and mind at this time last year, when I was recovering from a nasty dose of the flu, this evening finds me chipper and in good spirits and looking forward to Christmas.
The image above kind of matches my rather jaundiced view of the season, after my email account has been battered by every site, on which I am on the mailing list, sending constant messages about Christmas specials. I bought all my presents ages ago, so their pleas for me to buy their goods leave me cold and unresponsive.
But to mark the occasion on my blog, I thought I would put up a seasonal crossword for my blog readers to puzzle over.
Firstly a bit of history.
Back in 1989, a drinking buddy of mine who was also a cryptic crossword enthusiast, decided that he would have a go at creating one himself. Not to be outdone, I followed suit, and from then on we both produced cryptic crosswords for several years, and distributed them to fellow crossword enthusiasts at the pub we frequented back in those days.
At first, as I didn’t have a computer until 1994, I used to hand draw the crossword pattern, painstakingly colour the black squares with a texta pen, then type the clues on a typewriter. After that I would physically paste the typed document and crossword grid onto a fresh piece of paper and photocopy it.
After getting a computer I created my crosswords using a nifty shareware program called Crossword Compiler. Amazingly, that old shareware program still works on my current computer as I used it today to create the solution to the crossword below.
Please click on the image to enlarge it and print it out if you want to have a bash at solving it. Most (not all) of the words relate to 13 across, the answer to which is Christmas.
I’ll put up the solution after Christmas.
With that, wishing Merry Christmas to you all.