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The Christchurch “Press” is an indispensable part of my daily routine.  I love to catch up on local news (usually over breakfast), check the death notices and do the puzzles (usually over lunch).  The Cryptic Crossword, Code-Cracker, Wordfit, and Number Cruncher are mine.  Stephen does the other word puzzles.  The Sudoku are left to languish – neither of us has yet been tempted to these.

When away from home we still seek a “Press”.  In Wellington that’s no problem.  In Auckland Whitcoulls stocks it, and we assumed the same would apply in Dunedin.  Sadly, no!  Whitcoulls in George Street was closed at 9.15am because they were mopping up from the previous day’s downpour.  We went back after 10am, confidently seeking our “Press”, only to be told they don’t carry it and neither does any other shop in Dunedin.  The Whitcoulls woman told me the “Press” has not been sent to Dunedin for the past three years.  I wondered whether this was because of rivalry between Fairfax and the independent “Otago Daily Times”, but she didn’t think so.  The Dunedin Public Library doesn’t have a hard copy of the “Press” either, although they have a dedicated terminal where you can read it online.  That doesn’t give me access to the puzzles!

“I may endure puzzle withdrawal
if I can’t get a “Press” at all.”

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‘Press’ Puzzles

A daily newspaper has been part of my breakfast routine all my life.  I can’t imagine ever abandoning it to digital news, although the ‘Press’ these days is not as good as it used to be.  It’s smaller, has many errors, and features large photographs that sometimes bear little relevance to the story they accompany.   I like to read local news, and I enjoy the puzzles – plus I’m a fan of Munro!

Press puzzles (Small)

I do the Code Cracker and the Cryptic Crossword, and usually manage to finish the latter on the second or third go.  Stephen does the Quick Crossword and the Word-Builder, where his score is always Excellent, and sometimes Amazing.  Often I also do the new Wordfit.  This is rather mechanical, just a matter of crossing words off lists, but it can be relaxing.  Which puzzles do you enjoy?

“The puzzles occupy my brain
ensuring that it does not wane.”

 

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Fractured Fame

I appear in colour on page A9 of this morning’s “Press” (link not yet available).  You might not recognise me because I’ve been ‘blurred’, but the ‘Volunteer’ banner is clear.  I was returning from my lunch break yesterday when the ‘Press’ photographer was taking a photo to illustrate an article about the fact that we’ve all been given 90 days notice to vacate our premises to make way for the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

“We don’t yet know where we will go,
but can’t stay with the status quo.”

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