And the correct grid is...
If, like me, you awake on Saturday morning with a thrill of excitement, knowing that Fraser Simpon's cryptic crossword awaits you in the Globe & Mail, you will have felt crushing disappointment this morning. In today's puzzle, the clues don't match the grid.
This isn't the first time it's happened, although it's rare. A few years ago, when I discovered that the grid didn't match I reverse engineered the grid based on the clues provided. (That was back in my pre-toddler days when I had more time!) It was so exciting to be able to share the right grid with all of you. I even got a shout out from the public editor at the Globe & Mail, which was a lot of fun. And it brought me in touch with other cryptic crossword fans, including one named Sally who has been compiling Fraser Simpson's grids for years just in case a mismatch happens. She kindly sent me her library.
So, let's all give Sally a big "Thank you!" Because when I saw the mismatch today, I immediately dug out her old email and located the right grid. I'm happy to be able to share it with all of you. Happy puzzling!
6/6/2020 10:22:28 am
Sally’s my Mom! I AM like you and delight in the anticipation of solving the cryptic every Saturday. This week, as we are in cottage country in Quebec, which is not really globe and Mail territory, I had to resort to making my own homemade grid, and my mom’s email with the (wrong, followed by correct) grid and clues. Solving now!
6/6/2020 03:46:29 pm
Sally saved our Saturday! Hurray for Sally!
6/7/2020 06:56:49 am
Bravo! I was inspired by what you did a couple years ago and aided by your comments about how to figure out the grid, and made my own this time.
6/7/2020 04:25:22 pm
Well done, Dan!
6/7/2020 08:25:14 am
Thanks, Sally and Sarah ! A weekend without Fraser Simpson's cryptic is hardly a weekend at all !
6/7/2020 04:27:27 pm
You're very welcome, Ted! I agree -- a weekend with a Fraser Simpson cryptic just isn't the same.
6/7/2020 11:51:35 am
Thanks Sarah and Sally, you have saved the weekend for my sister and me!
6/7/2020 03:45:56 pm
Wow! Saved my weekend :). Many thanx.
6/8/2020 10:14:33 am
Hurray! Now how do I copy it?
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