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Re(6): Listener No. 4377: Russian Roulette by Rasputin

I've not been doing much crossword-wise of late, due to what used to be spare time being taken up with full time junior chess coaching (i.e. afternoons and evenings) on a professional basis on top of a part time (morning) job.

That weekend, I had intended to share the responsibilities of taking my kids to a chess tournament with my wife (one day each) so I could have at least one day off chess, but she was unable to drive, so I decided to immerse myself in a crossword to avoid getting drawn into chess on my day off.

Amazing that it should happen to be a chess-themed puzzle! I guessed almost all of the theme from title and preamble, having been thinking through how to set a similar puzzle myself. Still enjoyed it, though. Well constructed grid, some lovely clues, interesting gimmicks and an accurate possible position in one variation (from analysis) after the game was finished. Much enjoyed it.

The following day (Sunday), a friend emailed me to say that one of my daughter's chess games featured in the Sunday Telegraph. Hence I bought that and had another enjoyable experience solving Ploy's excellent EV puzzle.


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