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Listener No 4621, True: A Setter’s Blog by Piccadilly

Posted by Listen With Others on 13 Sep 2020

Having had the basic idea for TRUE, I tinkered with the wording so that the solution would be a rectangle. I put bars into the grid and decided on some of the number/letter equivalents so that I could do a few clues to give the solver a gentle way in. That was the easy bit.

Next I assigned the rest of the letter/number values randomly and set about the rest of the clues. Finally (the tedious bit) I checked that the puzzle was unambiguously solvable.

Why do I set numerical puzzles? Firstly I don’t hate setting them, only solving them; secondly it’s nice getting paid for them.

I submitted TRUE on 18/04/20 and it was accepted for publication on 5/07/20 – could that be a record?


One Response to “Listener No 4621, True: A Setter’s Blog by Piccadilly”

  1. Alastair Cuthbertson said

    I think Casting Out Nines would run it pretty close regards the record.

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