Stop the clock!

Yesterday marked a major milestone: I finished all three The London Paper sudokus on the 87 bus journey home.

For those not familiar, each edition brings with it a simple, medium and difficult puzzle alongside one another. If I pick up a copy, I often set myself a personal challenge of finishing all three before hitting my bus stop, solving them in that order.

To gauge progress, I set myself mile stones (of the traditional roadside variety) by which I feel I have to solve each one. I try to get the easy one completed by the time I pass Brian Haw in Parliament Square (0.6km), the medium one before Vauxhall Station (a further 1.9km) and the difficult one before the end of my road (another 2.3km).

If it’s touch-and-go on Wandsworth Road, it can get as exciting as Anneka Rice or Annabel Croft running from their helicopter towards a small castle watched by bewildered, aged onlookers to shouts of encouragement from Wincey Willis and words of ambivolence from Kenneth Kendall, all while a clock ticks down in the corner of the screen. Quite literally.


3 Responses to “Stop the clock!”

  1. Kate on May 15th, 2008 08:33

    Does it all go down the pan when a decolletage appears next to you?

  2. Sig on May 16th, 2008 07:47

    Or does your head hurt under the burden of genius?

  3. Dan on May 16th, 2008 08:12

    Thanks for the comment, Kate. Of course a decolletage doesn’t interrupt the sudokus. (Just in case Kate is, in fact, my wife in disguise.)

    As for the genius Sig, hardly. I’ve seen people complete them way quicker than I can, and the Difficult one often causes me some serious problems. šŸ™‚

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