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Independent’s missing cryptic of Sat 29 12 2007

Posted by nmsindy on December 30th, 2007

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There are comments on this following the blog of Dac 6614 (Fri 28 12 2007)

13 Responses to “Independent’s missing cryptic of Sat 29 12 2007”

  1. Quixote says:

    No word of explanation or apology today (Monday) as far as I can see. I suspect they’ll let it slide by, but I do hope not.

  2. neildubya says:

    Indeed. And as cock-ups go, they don’t really get much bigger than this. We’ve all seen crossword-related mistakes before – the wrong grid printed, clues not proof-read etc – but missing out the entire puzzle is pretty special.

    I’d be interested to know how many people phoned/emailed the Indy to complain.

  3. Jos says:

    Settled down with a cup of tea, searched the paper cover to cover … and underwent unplanned cold turkey.

  4. neildubya says:

    I read elsewhere that the reception desk at the Indy was inundated with angry phone calls from people who (like me) only buy the paper for the crossword.

  5. Joins says:

    Perhaps this omission encouraged some readers (who might not otherwise) to have a stab at the inqusitor xword in the Saturday magazine?

  6. nmsindy says:

    The cock-up theory is confirmed by the numbering – Friday’s was 6614 and Monday’s 6616.

  7. Quixote says:

    It’s in today’s paper as an extra Bank Holiday prize crossword. Cheeky, eh?

  8. nmsindy says:

    That’s good – and it’s numbered 6615 while the normal Virgilius puzzle is 6617.

  9. neildubya says:

    There’s also an apology tucked away in the main paper – blink and you’ll miss it.

  10. nmsindy says:

    Please tell us where it is, so I don’t have to search every page of the paper like last Sat when I was looking for the puzzle.

  11. Mike Laws says:

    It’s at the bottom of page 7

  12. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Mike – it was quite an OK apology, blaming a ‘production error’.

  13. neildubya says:

    Funny that they didn’t print the apology next to the puzzle though. I mean, that would be the obvious thing to do wouldn’t it?

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