Business as usual restored to Akenhead crosswords with both sites again functional on 19th October 2021. Click on LINK for my crossword games, except for Nital, (available in both my domains) – DA

Akenhead crosswords are under new management and being transformed, exclusively in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. We closed my commercial operation on September 1st pending instruction from London, meantime there will be free samples of my entire collection with no limitations, and with my crossword games it’s going to be open house, folks on free samples on everything including the latest titles until we reach 100,000 Views whereupon I shall reintroduce the subscriptions! – spread the Word! We are also adding samples from the latest Sun crossword publications – See Archive (Home Page) for extending range – also new strides on the Jumbo compiling front, see my Future blog under Home for further enlightenment! Thank you for your patience while our Archive was being restored after recent unfortunate blips beyond our control which I have rectified! – DA

Pleased to report no shortage of interest in this site, and in spite of recent hiccups, we have retrieved the archive site. I have decided to move all my free offers back to this site which already has some attractive products, soon to be swelled futher by archive samples as well. I can’t do it overnight so please bear with me! I deeply apologise to our readers for the temporary inconvenience. My figures today list over 87,700 courtesy of just three techies which compares handsomely with a much larger complement at Times On-Line today who have over 92,000 followers. I have much to be proud of too, equalling Brian Greer’s 208 clue blockbuster for the Diamond Jubilee Times Crossword, with my own (and only) 90th Anniversary reply last year. My customers always come first!

And in first place right now are my much cherished prime markets, the United States of America and the Far East – China have moved into second place with Singapore in close attendance followed by GB and Germany!! In all nations, it seems, our crosswords are sought after, as well as seen as special.

Uncovered another highly suspect crossword, unrecognisable grid, and the final down clue is Aphra, and we all recognise her as Aphra Behn, alluring undercover agent for Charles II in Antwerp! It all kicked off in 1941, it seems on both sides! This Archive is beginning to prove priceless, especially in Crete and the North Atlantic convoys to Arkhangelsk, – Bismarck, HMS Royal Sovereign and Stirling Castle (troopship) all in the one Times crossword I found with its clandestine message to German High Command to sink the Royal S in port rather than open Convoy where her new defences courtesy of USA and Rosyth made her invincible to U-boat packs, and when the crossword was submitted, Stirling Castle was by contrast a sitting duck for the Luftwaffe in Heraklaeon harbour, Crete with a huge vulnerable contingent of British and Commonwealth troops aboard when the RN, to avoid further loss, announced evacuation to Alexandria, fortunately, however, although the crossword was submitted the previous week just after Bismarck was sunk/scuttled, in good British tradition the crossword had to wait its turn for publication, by which time the bird was safely in the Egyptian nest! Crete, a story where scant interest was paid to the Geneva convention by both sides! talk about matches devoid of referees! But that’s war for you! It was also, arguably the critical point where the balance began to swing in the Allies’ favour! Both ships survived the war with outstanding service rendered because our intelligence was a tiny fraction better than Germany’s! This crossword can be found on both my Home Page and on my Preview App for the War Years – a unique discovery in my book, and the crossword is masterful too and cleverly deceptive! Churchill did not care much for cryptic crosswords either! Another plus for the opposition! Yet, Hitler helped us too of course, mindful of the Baltic convoy approaching Archangelsk headed by The Royal S. and already regarding Crete as his reverse Arnhem! a costly paradrop too far in his eyes bringing a certain amount of disunity to the boots on the ground and what was remaining in the air! and nothing was to delay or inhibit Barbarossa and the invasion of Russia!

David Akenhead, former Crossword Consultant to The Times operating under licence from Times Newspapers (UK) Limited and as CEO Akenhead crosswords

Read all about it in Home, NEWS (revised) and EXTRA! We have chalked up TODAY Over 87,600 Views! together with FREE Samples from Every Month of World War 2 to attract followers! With our fragile world seemingly in crisis mode, to paraphrase Voltaire, the health of my garden is paramount! A good third of my viewership is atributable directly or indirectly to Facebook, ditto a third to Linked-In. We have taken a blow like many, but like the Windmill Theatre in Soho during The War, at least we “never closed” and right now we are bouncing back!! My games and crosswords remain excellent mental, as well as physical, therapy for anyone looking to benefit from Juvenal’s immortal prescription – “orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano” – “your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body!” I’ll second that! When we return to similar figures below enjoyed earlier, I shall post accordingly – DA

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Top Visitors

Rank Hits Flag Country City Agent Platform Version
1 46 China Guangyuan Chrome OS X 10.9.4
2 10 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
3 10 Netherlands Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
4 10 Netherlands Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
5 4 Netherlands Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
6 2 India Chennai Chrome Linux Unknown
7 2 Germany Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
8 2 United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
9 2 Russian Federation Unknown Firefox Windows 6.1
10 2 Russian Federation Unknown Firefox Windows 6.1
11 2 Germany Bonn Chrome Linux Unknown
12 2 United States Provo Unknown Unknown Unknown
13 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome OS X 10.9.3
14 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Windows 10.0
15 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Windows 10.0
16 1 Russian Federation Unknown Safari OS X 10.15.6
17 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Windows 6.1
18 1 Greece Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
19 1 United States Nanuet Firefox Windows 6.1
20 1 United States Seattle Firefox Windows 6.1
21 1 China Zhengzhou UC Browser Android 8.1.0
22 1 United States Nanuet Firefox Windows 6.1
23 1 United States Chicago Firefox Windows 6.1
24 1 United States Boardman Chrome Linux Unknown
25 1 Greece Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Yesterday: 25 107
Thursday 23rd September: 151 294
Wednesday 22nd September: 159 286
Tuesday 21st September: 205 366
Wednesday 1st September: 164 272
Tuesday 31st August: 536 937

24th October, 2021 – Visits to date: 87,703 – Our international, unbiased reputation speaks for itself.

Free samples from all the digital titles in my extensive archive from The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun should all prove irresistible to crossword addicts around the Globe.

I have posted on both Facebook and Linked-In my new digital interactive FREE challenge every two weeks with an East African crossword originally courtesy of EA but modified to modern norms by DA.

Some of my own recent crossword efforts are listed beneath. My latest Latin crossword game a Homage to Cicero, is arousing a lot of interest as is my Ode to Horace, and 6 other challenges all FREE with link on Home Page! Linked too to my Times and Sunday Times archive are crossword collections, crossword games and sample clues, answers, previews and Video tutorials. The War Years project, (so far offering every Times crossword published from 3rd September 1939 to 1st March 1941) is available with the first in each month FREE and the entire month of February and March up to 1945! – the crosswords are unusual and entertaining. My daughter Charlotte’s lovely voice can be heard anew from her continuing adventures in Portugal. Enjoy! DA

Father and daughter after the previous serious hurricane to badly afflict Newfoundland, at Long Pond opposite Mun university, St. John’s.

Huge admiration and thanks to Doctor Fitzgerald and her team, on this island of Newfoundland for her brilliant husbandry of Covid-19 and variants as a shining example to the rest of Canada and indeed the world.

Also on the plus side, Canada leads in innovative technology it seems. A techie and his co-driver have just crossed Canada coast to coast to Mile One Newfoundland in their electric car, with a self-charging facility aboard 7% to 97% in 37 minutes. Total cost $400! Way to go!

David Akenhead CEO Akenhead crosswords and www.crosswordsakenhead.com under licence from Times Newspapers UK Ltd.

… something my Charlotte recorded earlier at

Conservatório de Voz, Comunicação e Artes Performativas do Porto, Portugal earlier, now returned to further her promising career in Classical as well as contemporary Rock and Pop, in Lisbon and Porto after her short UK tour and spreading her light generally. I am very proud of her efforts continuing in the strong family tradition of spreading the love! – DA

A little impromptu interlude from Le Nozze di Figaro – between Contessa (Charlotte) and Susanna (Inês) supervised by their effervescent tutor and accompanist, Paulo – go to 120 if you wish to avoid the preamble! Magic!

Her earlier rendition of Ave Maria. Enjoy!

Further from her under my Editorial in NEWS.

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2 8 United States Secaucus Chrome Windows 6.1
3 7 Russian Federation Rostov-on-Don Firefox Windows 10.0
4 3 Canada Montreal Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
5 3 United States Provo Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
6 3 Canada Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
7 3 China Beijing Chrome Android 9
8 2 Ukraine Kyiv Chrome Windows 6.3
9 2 Canada Montreal Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
10 2 Netherlands Haarlem Chrome Windows 6.1
11 2 Canada Montreal Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
12 2 United States Mountain View Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
13 2 Australia Sydney Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
14 2 Viet Nam Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
15 2 Hong Kong Central Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
16 2 Malaysia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
17 2 United States Santa Clara Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
18 2 India Bengaluru Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
19 2 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
20 2 Iran Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
21 2 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
22 2 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
23 2 United States Cheyenne Unknown Unknown Unknown
24 2 Malaysia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
25 2 Netherlands Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
26 2 Netherlands Amsterdam Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
27 2 Japan Osaka Chrome Windows 5.1
28 2 Germany Bonn Chrome Linux Unknown
29 2 Tunisia Gabès Chrome Windows 6.1
30 2 Canada Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
31 2 United States Los Angeles Unknown Unknown Unknown
32 2 United States Unknown UC Browser Android 4.4.2
33 2 Ireland Dublin Firefox OS X 10.15
34 2 Honduras Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
35 2 United States Boardman Chrome Linux Unknown
36 2 United States Boardman Chrome Linux Unknown
37 1 United States New York Chrome Windows 10.0
38 1 Netherlands Amsterdam Chrome Windows 6.1
39 1 United States Brea Chrome Windows 6.1
40 1 Hong Kong Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
41 1 Ukraine Zaporizhia Chrome Windows 10.0
42 1 United States Brea Chrome Windows 6.3
43 1 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
44 1 Indonesia Jakarta Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
45 1 Croatia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
46 1 Italy Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
47 1 Japan Tokyo Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
48 1 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
49 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
50 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
51 1 Germany Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
52 1 Brazil Xaxim Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
53 1 United States Dallas Chrome Windows 6.1
54 1 China Zhengzhou Unknown Unknown Unknown
55 1 Hong Kong Tuen Mun Chrome Windows 6.1
56 1 France Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
57 1 Russian Federation Moscow Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
58 1 Viet Nam Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
59 1 Indonesia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
60 1 Kenya Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
61 1 United Kingdom London Chrome Windows 10.0
62 1 Turkey Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
63 1 Indonesia Jakarta Chrome Windows 6.1
64 1 Iran Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
65 1 United Kingdom London Chrome Windows 6.1
66 1 United States Walnut Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
67 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
68 1 France Nogent-le-Rotrou Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
69 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
70 1 Turkey Istanbul Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
71 1 United States Jacksonville Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
72 1 Canada Toronto Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
73 1 Germany Munich Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
74 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
75 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
76 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
77 1 Russian Federation Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
78 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
79 1 Ireland Dublin Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
80 1 Ukraine Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
81 1 United States Jacksonville Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
82 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
83 1 China Beijing Chrome Android 10.0
84 1 United States Brea Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
85 1 United States Duluth Chrome Windows 6.1
86 1 United Kingdom Glasgow Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
87 1 United States Brea Chrome Windows 6.1
88 1 France Nice Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
89 1 Armenia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
90 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
91 1 Uzbekistan Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
92 1 Tanzania, United Republic of Dodoma Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
93 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
94 1 United States New York Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
95 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
96 1 Romania Bucharest Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
97 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
98 1 United States Santa Clara Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
99 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
100 1 United States Mountain View Firefox Ubuntu Unknown

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1 17 Germany Unknown Chrome Android 4.0.4
2 12 China Beijing Unknown Android 10
3 10 Netherlands Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
4 8 Russian Federation Rostov-on-Don Firefox OS X 10.14
5 5 Canada Stoney Creek Chrome Windows 10.0
6 5 Turkey Unknown Firefox Windows 10.0
7 4 Netherlands Dronten Chrome Android 4.0.4
8 4 Netherlands Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
9 4 Spain Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
10 4 United States Ashburn Chrome Linux Unknown
11 3 United States Santa Clara Chrome Windows 10.0
12 3 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
13 3 United States Dallas Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
14 3 Tanzania, United Republic of Dodoma Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
15 3 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
16 2 Iceland Alftanes Chrome Android 4.0.4
17 2 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
18 2 United States Brea Chrome Windows 6.1
19 2 China Beijing Chrome Android 10.0
20 2 China Beijing Chrome Android 10.0
21 2 United Kingdom Glasgow Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
22 2 Korea (the Republic of) Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
23 2 Hong Kong Central Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
24 2 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
25 2 Germany Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
26 2 Brazil Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
27 2 Canada Beauharnois Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
28 2 Italy Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
29 2 United States Provo Unknown Unknown Unknown
30 2 Viet Nam Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
31 2 United States Seattle Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
32 2 Singapore Unknown Chrome Windows 5.1
33 2 United States Los Angeles Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
34 2 United States Las Vegas Chrome Windows 10.0
35 2 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
36 2 Germany Bonn Chrome Linux Unknown
37 2 United States San Mateo Chrome Windows 10.0
38 2 United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
39 2 United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
40 2 Italy Unknown Chrome OS X 10.9.3
41 2 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
42 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
43 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
44 1 Japan Morioka Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
45 1 Norway Oslo Chrome Windows 6.1
46 1 Netherlands Amsterdam Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
47 1 Canada Toronto Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
48 1 Italy Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
49 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
50 1 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
51 1 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
52 1 Germany Hamburg Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
53 1 India Bengaluru Chrome Windows 6.1
54 1 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
55 1 Brazil Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
56 1 United States Clifton Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
57 1 Turkey Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
58 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
59 1 China Beijing Chrome Windows 6.3
60 1 United States Unknown Chrome Android 4.0.4
61 1 Kazakhstan Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
62 1 Germany Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
63 1 Finland Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
64 1 United Kingdom London Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
65 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
66 1 Germany Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
67 1 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
68 1 United States North Bergen Chrome Windows 6.3
69 1 United States Brea Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
70 1 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
71 1 Viet Nam Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
72 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
73 1 Croatia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
74 1 Ukraine Sudak Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
75 1 United States Houston Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
76 1 Singapore Singapore Chrome Windows 6.1
77 1 Netherlands Amsterdam Chrome Windows 6.1
78 1 United Kingdom London Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
79 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Windows 10.0
80 1 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Windows 10.0
81 1 Russian Federation Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
82 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
83 1 United States Dallas Chrome Windows 6.1
84 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
85 1 Belarus Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
86 1 United States Clifton Chrome Windows 10.0
87 1 Portugal Lisbon Safari iOS 14.7.1
88 1 Thailand Bangkok Chrome Windows 6.0
89 1 United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
90 1 Japan Osaka Chrome Windows 6.1
91 1 United States Oakland Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
92 1 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
93 1 Brazil Brasília Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
94 1 United States Scottsdale Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
95 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
96 1 United States Jacksonville Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
97 1 Turkey Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
98 1 United States North Bergen Chrome Windows 6.1
99 1 Bulgaria Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
100 1 Brazil Campinas Firefox Ubuntu Unknown

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Rank Hits Flag Country City Agent Platform Version
1 44 Russian Federation Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
2 4 United States Santa Clara Chrome Windows 10.0
3 4 Germany Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
4 4 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
5 3 Turkey Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
6 3 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
7 3 United States Provo Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
8 3 Russian Federation Rostov-on-Don Firefox OS X 10.14
9 2 Serbia Belgrade Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
10 2 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
11 2 Russian Federation Nizhniy Novgorod Chrome Windows 10.0
12 2 Canada Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
13 2 France Paris Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
14 2 India Bengaluru Facebook Android 11
15 2 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
16 2 Iran Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
17 2 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
18 2 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
19 2 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
20 2 United States Houston Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
21 2 United Kingdom London Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
22 2 Croatia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
23 2 United States Santa Clara Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
24 2 France Nice Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
25 2 Canada Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
26 2 United States Seattle Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
27 2 Japan Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
28 2 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
29 2 United States Columbus Chrome Windows 10.0
30 2 Canada Beauharnois Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
31 2 United Kingdom Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
32 2 Netherlands Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
33 2 Italy Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
34 2 Germany Bonn Chrome Linux Unknown
35 1 United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
36 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
37 1 United States New York Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
38 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
39 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
40 1 United States New York Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
41 1 India Bengaluru Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
42 1 United Kingdom London Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
43 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
44 1 Singapore Singapore Chrome Windows 6.1
45 1 United States San Mateo Chrome Windows 6.1
46 1 Russian Federation Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
47 1 Australia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
48 1 United States North Bergen Chrome Windows 6.1
49 1 United States Jacksonville Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
50 1 Uzbekistan Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
51 1 United States Clifton Chrome Windows 6.1
52 1 Australia Sydney Chrome Windows 6.1
53 1 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
54 1 Canada Toronto Chrome Windows 6.3
55 1 United States Dallas Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
56 1 Kazakhstan Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
57 1 United States North Bergen Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
58 1 United States Los Angeles Chrome Windows 6.3
59 1 Australia Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
60 1 Thailand Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
61 1 Singapore Singapore Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
62 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
63 1 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
64 1 Brazil Campinas Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
65 1 Italy Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
66 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
67 1 United States Jacksonville Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
68 1 Italy Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
69 1 Canada Montreal Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
70 1 Japan Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
71 1 Singapore Singapore Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
72 1 Viet Nam Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
73 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
74 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
75 1 Bulgaria Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
76 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
77 1 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
78 1 Indonesia Bandung Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
79 1 Netherlands Amsterdam Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
80 1 Viet Nam Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
81 1 Kenya Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
82 1 China Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
83 1 United States Washington Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
84 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
85 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
86 1 Netherlands Amsterdam Chrome Windows 6.3
87 1 United States Unknown Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
88 1 United States Los Angeles Firefox Ubuntu Unknown
89 1 Ukraine Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
90 1 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
91 1 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
92 1 United States Unknown Firefox Windows 6.1
93 1 United States Nanuet Firefox Windows 6.1
94 1 United States Miami Firefox Windows 6.1
95 1 United States Nanuet Firefox Windows 6.1
96 1 Germany Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
97 1 Italy Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
98 1 United Kingdom Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
99 1 Spain Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
100 1 Netherlands Amsterdam Chrome Windows 6.1

11th October to 20th October 2021

Top Ten Countries – 1. USA Gold   2. China Silver  3. Germany Bronze  4. Russian Federation   5. Ireland  6. Netherlands  7. India  8. France  9. United Kingdom  10. Greece 

Most consistent visitors:

Bonn & Berlin   Scottsdale & Boardman & Buffalo & Los Angeles & Houston & Washington & New York & Seattle & San Jose & Ashburn   Dublin   Singapore   Beijing & Zhengzhou   Glasgow & London   Mount Pearl & Toronto & Montreal   Moscow & Rostov-on-Don   Tokyo   Rio & São Paulo   Mumbai   Port Elizabeth   Hobart & Sydney & Perth   Paris   Amsterdam   Rivne & Kyiv   Venezia   Madrid   Zurich   Athens 

Top Ten Countries overall:

Rank Flag Country Visitor Count
1 United States 7,754
2 China 4,550
3 Singapore 4,545
4 United Kingdom 3,318
5 Germany 1,967
6 Canada 1,289
7 France 1,155
8 India 1,085
9 Russian Federation 1,081
10 Ukraine 649

NEW FORMAT: Above witness my testimonials from Harper Collins and from my teaching days in China in happier times, at our multi-national language school and at the Banyan Tree Hotel where I taught English as well as Shakespeare to employees (comparing their national heroine, Mulan, to our own Henry V who married the daughter of the King of France!). Enthusiasm for my website doubtless stems from my teaching there, as well as earlier in Guangdong Province to pre-faculty students. Enthusiasm from Singapore equally stems from my own earlier links with the US Publishers, Borders of Singapore subsequent to success of my earlier products. Also witness alongside a fascinating article by my father (below) for Times News, the House Journal of Times Newspapers, February 1976 Edition – father was very much into code-breaking in his War years, and as usual, a master of understatement:

23rd out of an original field of 800 plus, wasn’t bad going! ‒ David Akenhead

Thank you all – Keep on truckin’! 

Looking on the bright side (and not new), Pimm’s No. 1 time in order! (8) OPTIMISM

Visitors to date:

Top Countries

Rank Flag Country Visitor Count
1 United States 7,745
2 China 4,547
3 Singapore 4,545
4 United Kingdom 3,318
5 Germany 1,965
6 Canada 1,289
7 France 1,155
8 India 1,084
9 Russian Federation 1,078
10 Ukraine 649
11 Netherlands 541
12 Ireland 514
13 Unknown 435
14 Brazil 302
15 Indonesia 281
16 Viet Nam 276
17 Turkey 251
18 Italy 217
19 Poland 215
20 South Africa 193
21 Australia 184
22 Spain 179
23 Philippines 158
24 Thailand 156
25 Hong Kong 142
26 Sweden 133
27 Greece 121
28 Iran 118
29 Japan 115
30 Switzerland 101
31 Romania 100
32 Pakistan 88
33 Finland 86
34 Malaysia 81
35 Czech Republic 79
36 Moldova (the Republic of) 65
37 Korea (the Republic of) 63
38 Chile 62
39 Portugal 56
40 Mexico 51
41 Egypt 49
42 Argentina 46
43 Bulgaria 42
44 Taiwan 42
45 Hungary 41
46 Austria 39
47 Colombia 39
48 Serbia 36
49 Israel 35
50 Lithuania 30
51 Luxembourg 30
52 Norway 30
53 Honduras 29
54 New Zealand 29
55 Bangladesh 27
56 Algeria 26
57 Belgium 25
58 Croatia 24
59 Trinidad and Tobago 22
60 Sri Lanka 21
61 Kenya 21
62 Tunisia 19
63 Nigeria 18
64 Bahamas 18
65 Kazakhstan 18
66 Denmark 18
67 Latvia 18
68 Belarus 18
69 Cyprus 17
70 Uzbekistan 17
71 Saudi Arabia 16
72 Jamaica 16
73 Slovakia 14
74 Morocco 14
75 Seychelles 13
76 Albania 13
77 Nepal 12
78 Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 12
79 Peru 11
80 United Arab Emirates 10
81 Jersey 10
82 Montenegro 10
83 Estonia 10
84 Ghana 9
85 Iceland 9
86 Costa Rica 9
87 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 8
88 Ecuador 8
89 Georgia 8
90 Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of) 8
91 Macao 7
92 Tanzania, United Republic of 7
93 Zimbabwe 6
94 Malta 6
95 Guatemala 6
96 Bosnia and Herzegovina 6
97 Mongolia 5
98 Bahrain 5
99 Kuwait 5
100 Belize 5
101 Qatar 5
102 Iraq 4
103 Palestine, State of 4
104 Fiji 4
105 Azerbaijan 4
106 Cambodia 4
107 Myanmar 4
108 Bolivia, Plurinational State of 4
109 Armenia 4
110 Dominican Republic 3
111 Mauritius 3
112 Slovenia 3
113 Oman 3
114 Kyrgyzstan 3
115 Guam 3
116 Senegal 3
117 Bermuda 3
118 Zambia 3
119 Barbados 3
120 Lebanon 3
121 Jordan 2
122 Réunion 2
123 Brunei Darussalam 2
124 Paraguay 2
125 Puerto Rico 2
126 French Guiana 2
127 Panama 2
128 New Caledonia 2
129 Togo 2
130 Mali 2
131 Isle of Man 2
132 Syrian Arab Republic 2
133 Burkina Faso 2
134 Sudan 2
135 Virgin Islands (British) 1
136 Samoa 1
137 Tajikistan 1
138 Gibraltar 1
139 Madagascar 1
140 Maldives 1
141 Liberia 1
142 Uruguay 1
143 Cape Verde 1
144 Turkmenistan 1
145 Curaçao 1
146 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1
147 Cuba 1
148 Gabon 1
149 Rwanda 1
150 Virgin Islands (U.S.) 1
151 Guernsey 1
152 French Afars and Issas 1
153 Lesotho 1
154 Papua New Guinea 1
155 Uganda 1
156 Northern Mariana Islands 1
157 Côte d’Ivoire 1
158 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1
159 Monaco 1
160 Somalia 1
161 Namibia 1
162 Benin 1
163 Botswana 1
164 Mozambique 1
Total: 33,988

Wise words from a beacon of light in a troubled world:

“Come in I’ll give ya shelter, shelter from the storm” Bob Dylan, 17th September 1974

A few of my own efforts within the crossword spectrum:

Using nuclear energy is not greener, it’s madness (6) LUNACY
To which I’d like to add my latest: Between Greeks, it’s all Greek to a submariner! (9) SUBATOMIC
Sleepers rest (7,3,5) BETWEEN THE LINES
A parting of the waves, perhaps (12) HAIRDRESSING
Caesar’s headless triumph of verse in ghetto haystacks, apparently (13) VERCINGETORIX
People in pursuit of a principle whilst tempting fate on the road? (9) HEDONISTS
Worn clothing for an abstainer (7) DOUBLET
Cosmetical trade off. Why? (7,6) CLIMATE CHANGE
There’s a large number in retrograde Tabora in charge of discipline! (9) ACROBATIC
Going off course in tossing the caber, ran through the crowd (8) ABERRANT
Oppressive money-grabbing as a wrong’un found among mad oxen (9) EXTORTION
Never say never, presumably? (6) ENDING
“. . . or NOT to be” belated confusion everywhere it seems to this dreadful development (5,7) DELTA VARIANT
Sequel to Troy and Colditz? Connection escapes me! (5) EQUUS
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Check out too my father’s fascinating article from 1981 (under Times) – to discover his devious sleight of hand with this one, complete with no division, and a fitting tribute to both The Times crossword, Humpty Dumpty and Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword, prompted by a strange dream I had recently about a cat and nine lives!!
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Sounds like something a happy couple has never had (9 letters)  NINELIVES
Put this one on my tombstone! 
Quintus Horatius Flaccus, anemia? (6,8,4) ANIMAE DIMIDIUM MEAE
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 Allow me to nominate too our two recent potentially related Jumbo solutions courtesy of our German friends!

Thaleischweiler-Fröschen (15-8) and Bergruine-Steinenschloss (9-14)

 David Akenhead, CEO Akenhead crosswords, 24th October, 2021

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