January’s highbrow moment

“Better late than never”, so the old adage goes.
“Better never late!” as my Mum used to say.

But this is ever so slightly behind schedule, such as any schedule exists for the monthly 6000 miles… crossword puzzle. So apologies for that.

Anyway, I know you’ve been waiting, so without any further ado:


Starts ok, doesn’t it? 1 across is an absolute doozy.
But you can leave me with your forging warpaths by the time we get to number 18.

As ever, if you can’t see the crossword above, click here to reload the original page.

Weekend puzzle

Meh. Friday. It’s almost the weekend. Don’t @ me.

Last month’s 6000 miles… crossword post was a huge success. A whole two people got in touch about it. Not all of the comments were positive, but equally not all of them were negative either and that’s a new record for this blog.

Thus, without further ado, here’s this month’s offering:

(Again – if you don’t see an interactive crossword puzzle above, click here to reload this page.)

Nice early invoking of this guy.

Even I managed to get quite a few clues this time around.
How did you get on?

Never a cross word

Previously, at least.
I have a friend who – because he requires a “creative outlet” – devises crossword puzzles. You may have seen some of his work on the back of the Funny Money pamphlet you bought at the robots.

Apparently, there is a dearth of cryptic crossword puzzles with a South African slant, and he aims to do something about that, while keeping up with the more regular non-SA themed stuff as well.

My readership is pretty bright.
He wants an outlet for his creative outlet.
Someone out there is desperately searching for SA-flavoured cryptic crosswords.

[light bulb moment] So – why not have a monthly crossword on 6000 miles…?
Spoiler: There’s no reason – so let’s play.
[teething problems: if you can’t see a crossword just below this, please click here and you should see this post with a crossword]


Incidentally, I’m no good at crosswords. I mean, the

Frozen water (3 letters)

ones, I’m ok with. But this stuff is a bit beyond me.

Apparently, I just need to get my head around the terminology, so with that in mind, here’s a helpful Summary Guide to Cryptic Crosswords for us all to learn together. For the record, I managed to work out a few of the clues above without looking at this guide, so I think it might be an easy one.

It’s going to be just for fun to begin with: hence the buttons there to help you out if you get stuck. But if I get some positive feedback, maybe we’ll look at other options for the future. Let me know.