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Re(12): All in all

With regard to Chris' point 'There appears to be an assumption that the choice of highlighting was affected by information about John Green's prize draw preferences. If that was the case, it would be outrageously unfair on anyone (ie most people in the world) who have no idea about those preferences. No crossword editor would do that, and no solver should assume it.'

John Green is a long-standing and valuable member of the Listener team. If he had told me to submit the grid alone in future that is what I would have done. I wouldn't be wondering whether or not he had told everyone else. And, yes, of course his comment would have affected my choice of highlighting. It seems to have affected quite a few solvers who searched to see if there was an alternative. The real issue here is that some of us think a valid alternative was to be found in the grid.

I don't submit btw, so have nothing at stake.


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