28th May, 2022 – Visits: 112,350 from 164 countries! – Our international, peace-loving, peace-seeking, upholder of innocents and unbiased reputation speaks for itself. Let them be given the benefit of the ‘still small voice’ for a pleasant change in our present sad world racked with blind individuals (largely male) awash with stupidity and greed. Well done, Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, showing UK’s support for both Finland and Sweden in these challenging times. And well done too, to Emmanuel Macron for reaching out to Britain. And well done Britain, for moves towards scrapping the NI Protocol. A free, united and happy Ireland, is surely in everyone’s best interest. Time for universal peace, on that blessed island, at least – In the meantime, what will be will be.

All I ask now, is for the swiftest conclusion possible to this conflict so that we can put all our wisdom towards making the world a better place, led by our remarkable Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, whose final quest in life, it seems, is to replenish God’s Garden with a copious planting of trees to freshen the air we breathe, ably assisted by Sir David Attenborough and Paul O’Grady!

Other initiatives include Water.org courtesy of Gary White and Matt Damon, all about empowering the individual to make the choices over our most precious commodity, water, for our future and our children’s future. And then there is Elon Musk whose mission is to be a force for good in our strife-torn world. As a fellow Aspergeree who was brought up like me amid a judgmental world in Africa – South in his case, and East in mine – made us both determined that our children would not have to face what we both went through. We would see to our best ability, that they would enjoy a higher plane of existence than was our lot, and though I am getting on a bit, being just one month younger than Donald Trump, that remains my goal too, where war as we know it must become a thing of the past, and the new fledgling science of genomics, will ensure that illness and vaccines in particular will be rendered obsolete.

I believe dreams can come true, if we all support the trail-blazers and genuine good people still around. Congratulations, to Elon, and Gary and Matt for their endeavours, and doubtless many many more too.

Witness below, therefore, my new clues including our treasured national institution (apart from the tea!), namely our beloved Times crossword, stemming from its inception some ninety-two years ago!

Sent! After Easter, consumed! (10) PASSIONATE

Apocalypse Now put in context? (5) PUTIN

What Peter Brookes renders to The Times in pictures, we cryptic wallahs attempt in words!

“Madam, I’m Adam” — the world’s first? (10) PALINDROME fits as does  (4-2-4) CHAT-UP-LINE.

Inevitable response to that, of course is:

Madam? EVE! (mad am!!) (5,8) CHAIN REACTION (complete with cryptic overtone!) (3,10) HER PALINDROME

Akenhead crosswords are under new management and being transformed, exclusively in Newfoundland, Canada.

  • 9th April 1922 saw with the renewal of my contract with The Times, and the re-emergence of my late father’s Times and East African crossword publications in digital format in my weekly crossword challenges courtesy of Facebook and Linked-in as well as a recommendation to my subscriptions from retiring TOL Puzzles Editor, David Parfitt, and finally a concerted ongoing challenge linking 1930, the birth of the Times crossword to the full extent of the existing Times Archive which presently stretches to December 1985 (including the crossword), with appropriate samples and links from each year.
  • On 4th May 2022 I decided to axe all subscriptions except the basic annual subscription of US $10. It is acknowledged that many cannot afford our premium so we have reduced it to US$2 with a recommendation that it remains at US$10 for those who can.

The Times Crossword No. 3,518
This crossword appeared in The Times on Wednesday 4th June, 1941 – 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 same Times crossword I found with its clandestine message to German High Command to sink the Royal Sovereign in port rather than open Convoy where her new defences courtesy of USA and Rosyth shipyard 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 await 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 Sovereign 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 over 112,300 Visits! together with FREE Samples from Every Month of World War 2 to attract followers! 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!

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. I have also already added classic crosswords from my father’s earlier book titles at The Times under his editorship, all now directly linked with my Home Page and found in my Archive samples.

Milestone reached Thursday 17th February 2022 with 100,000 Visits!

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3 6 Lithuania Unknown Safari iOS 12.3.1
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5 2 Germany Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
6 2 Germany Bonn Chrome Linux Unknown
7 2 United States Seattle Chrome Windows 6.1
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19 1 Canada Unknown Chrome Windows 6.3
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Top Visitors

Rank Hits Flag Country City Agent Platform Version
1 166 United States Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
2 26 Japan Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
3 10 Germany Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
4 8 United States Buffalo Chrome Windows 10.0
5 4 Netherlands Unknown Chrome Windows 5.1
6 4 Ukraine Simferopol Internet Explorer Windows 5.1
7 3 China Zhengzhou Safari iOS 11.0
8 2 France Unknown Firefox Windows 10.0
9 2 Germany Bonn Chrome Linux Unknown
10 2 India Unknown Chrome Windows 10.0
11 2 France Paris Chrome Windows 10.0
12 2 Turkey Unknown Chrome Windows 5.1
13 2 France Roubaix Chrome Windows 6.1
14 2 United States Scottsdale Chrome Windows 5.1
15 2 Viet Nam Thai Binh Internet Explorer Windows 5.1
16 2 Russian Federation Unknown Internet Explorer Windows 5.1
17 2 United Kingdom Glasgow Chrome Windows 5.1
18 2 Sweden Gothenburg Chrome Windows 5.1
19 2 United States Houston Chrome Windows 5.1
20 2 China Unknown Chrome Linux Unknown
21 1 India Mumbai Chrome Windows 10.0
22 1 United States Unknown Safari iOS 14.7.1
23 1 United States Unknown Safari iOS 15.3.1
24 1 United Kingdom Spalding Safari OS X 10.15.7
25 1 France Unknown Chrome Windows 6.1
26 1 France Paris Chrome Windows 10.0
27 1 United States Tempe Firefox OS X 10.14
28 1 Canada Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
29 1 United Kingdom London Chrome OS X 10.9.5
30 1 Ireland Unknown Safari iOS 15.4.1
Today: 19 95
Yesterday: 22 46

Recent Visits in excess of 200

Thursday: 26th May 30 258
Sunday: 15th May 24 300
Wednesday: 11th May 34 295
Monday: 9th May 38 356
Sunday: 8th May 150 626
Saturday: 7th May 103 244
Thursday: 4th May 133 381
Saturday: 30th April 29 220
Saturday 23rd April: 51 201
Saturday 9th April: 75 232
Saturday 12th March: 44 249
Tuesday 15th March: 21 300
Friday 11th March: 39 207
Wednesday 1st February: 63 367
      Saturday 1st January 2022: 34 733
Sunday 5th December: 22 248
    Thursday 2nd December: 27 460
      Friday 26th November: 28 202
       Saturday 6th November: 34 273
        Monday 1st November: 31 264
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

1st May to 20th May, 2022 – Top Twenty

Rank Flag Country Visitor Count
1 France 378
2 United States 236
3 Canada 80
4 China 49
5 Germany 41
6 United Kingdom 35
7 Russian Federation 18
8 Singapore 17
9 Netherlands 16
10 India 16
11 Turkey 15
12 Viet Nam 9
13 Denmark 7
14 Sweden 7
15 Poland 5
16 Ireland 5
17 Japan 5
18 Italy 4
19 Iran 4
20 Ukraine 4

1. USA Gold   2. Russian Fed. Silver    3. United Kingdom  / Germany  Bronze

Most consistent visitors:

Bonn (prize) & Berlin & Frankfurt am Main & Munich & Aachen   Scottsdale & Boardman & Buffalo & Los Angeles & Houston & Washington & New York & Seattle & San Jose & Ashburn & Chicago   Dublin & Cork   Singapore   Beijing & Zhengzhou & Li Jiang   Glasgow & London & Bristol & Wells & Edinburgh   Mount Pearl & Toronto & Montreal & St John’s   Moscow & Rostov-on-Don & St Petersburg   Tokyo & Osaka   Rio & São Paulo   Mumbai   Port Elizabeth & Cape Town   Hobart & Sydney & Perth   Paris   Amsterdam  Rivne & Kyiv   Venezia & Arezzo & Rome   Madrid & Barcelona   Zurich & Geneva & Montreux   Athens & Ithaca & Kefallonia  Stockholm  Istanbul   Gdansk & Warsaw   Ho Chi Minh City   Kowloon & Central   Oslo & Bergen 

Top Twelve Countries overall:

Rank Flag Country Visitor Count
1 United States 10,169
2 China 4,954
3 Singapore 4,645
4 United Kingdom 3,580
5 Germany 2,406
6 France 1,769
7 Canada 1,562
8 Russian Federation 1,452
9 India 1,221
10 Netherlands 819
11 Ukraine 717
12 Ireland 714

NEW FORMAT: 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 outside Li Jiang, 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. In addition post Glasnost and Mikhail Gorbachev, enlightened and last leader of the previous Soviet Union, my Sunday Times Crossword Compendium was immensely popular in Moscow, remaining in their Top Ten computer games and puzzles section for an entire year and many still enjoy my work, ditto Ukraine where I pray for peace and reconciliation between them and good fellow Russian people too, in fact I extend my sentiment to the entire world whose problems are such today that we need urgently to look after God’s garden before the human race becomes the architect of its own destruction and theirs, through blindness, foolishness and greed. Wars are becoming a luxury our fragile planet can no longer afford, let alone the appalling human suffering they entail. All that’s needed instead is a bit of love and mutual respect between nations for civilised customs and traditions.

My services and skills as Proofs editor on the crossword books for Times Books and HarperCollins over many years were subsequent to proud service (1970-72) putting the Sydney Morning Herald to bed every day, with 5 other pairs, 12 of us in all, as final revisers in the employ of John Fairfax. They called us the late, late show! – a memorable badge! – DA

Also witness alongside a fascinating article by my father 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 9,919
2 China 4,911
3 Singapore 4,622
4 United Kingdom 3,543
5 Germany 2,361
6 Canada 1,470
7 Russian Federation 1,435
8 France 1,389
9 India 1,204
10 Netherlands 804
11 Ukraine 710
12 Ireland 706
13 Unknown 580
14 Brazil 315
15 Turkey 289
16 Indonesia 288
17 Viet Nam 283
18 Italy 248
19 Poland 238
20 Greece 237
21 Australia 210
22 South Africa 209
23 Sweden 203
24 Spain 195
25 Thailand 163
26 Philippines 161
27 Hong Kong 154
28 Japan 145
29 Romania 126
30 Iran 121
31 Switzerland 109
32 Finland 90
33 Pakistan 89
34 Czech Republic 84
35 Malaysia 81
36 Korea (the Republic of) 74
37 Portugal 72
38 Moldova (the Republic of) 67
39 Chile 63
40 Argentina 53
41 Mexico 52
42 Egypt 52
43 Bulgaria 48
44 Austria 47
45 Taiwan 44
46 Serbia 44
47 Honduras 42
48 Norway 42
49 Hungary 41
50 Colombia 39
51 Israel 38
52 Luxembourg 37
53 New Zealand 36
54 Lithuania 34
55 Bangladesh 28
56 Algeria 27
57 Belgium 26
58 Denmark 25
59 Croatia 24
60 Nigeria 23
61 Trinidad and Tobago 22
62 Sri Lanka 21
63 Kenya 21
64 Latvia 20
65 Bahamas 19
66 Tunisia 19
67 Belarus 19
68 Kazakhstan 18
69 Saudi Arabia 18
70 Seychelles 17
71 Cyprus 17
72 Uzbekistan 17
73 Estonia 16
74 Jamaica 16
75 Morocco 16
76 Albania 15
77 Slovakia 15
78 United Arab Emirates 14
79 Georgia 14
80 Nepal 12
81 Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 12
82 Peru 11
83 Iceland 10
84 Jersey 10
85 Montenegro 10
86 Ghana 9
87 Costa Rica 9
88 Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of) 9
89 Lebanon 9
90 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 8
91 Ecuador 8
92 Macao 7
93 Tanzania, United Republic of 7
94 Guatemala 7
95 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7
96 Zimbabwe 6
97 Malta 6
98 Bahrain 6
99 Kuwait 6
100 Mongolia 5
101 Slovenia 5
102 Belize 5
103 Qatar 5
104 Iraq 4
105 Palestine, State of 4
106 Fiji 4
107 Oman 4
108 Azerbaijan 4
109 Kyrgyzstan 4
110 Cambodia 4
111 Myanmar 4
112 Isle of Man 4
113 Bolivia, Plurinational State of 4
114 Armenia 4
115 Dominican Republic 3
116 Mauritius 3
117 Guam 3
118 Senegal 3
119 Bermuda 3
120 Zambia 3
121 Barbados 3
122 Jordan 2
123 Réunion 2
124 Brunei Darussalam 2
125 Paraguay 2
126 Puerto Rico 2
127 French Guiana 2
128 Panama 2
129 New Caledonia 2
130 Togo 2
131 Mali 2
132 Syrian Arab Republic 2
133 Burkina Faso 2
134 Sudan 2
135 Botswana 2
136 Virgin Islands (British) 1
137 Samoa 1
138 Tajikistan 1
139 Gibraltar 1
140 Madagascar 1
141 Maldives 1
142 Liberia 1
143 Uruguay 1
144 Cape Verde 1
145 Turkmenistan 1
146 Curaçao 1
147 Saint Kitts and Nevis 1
148 Cuba 1
149 Gabon 1
150 Rwanda 1
151 Virgin Islands (U.S.) 1
152 Guernsey 1
153 French Afars and Issas 1
154 Lesotho 1
155 Papua New Guinea 1
156 Uganda 1
157 Northern Mariana Islands 1
158 Côte d’Ivoire 1
159 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1
160 Monaco 1
161 Somalia 1
162 Namibia 1
163 Benin 1
164 Mozambique 1
Total: 40,178

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
This one from a Jumbo book – (how too sadly true!): What comes from Democrat and Republican in US society, sadly (11) DISCOURTESY
Another from yours truly entered in a new comp: Hibernia to the Romans, discussing who first to bury? (6) WINTER
and this one: Oh my! Chronic illness reported with no supervision (7) OMICRON
Obi, heartless master runs into one trickster — distinctly out of character! (7) OMICRON
This one I evolved after my daughter, Charlotte, pointed out to me the anagram and the added importance in trying to maintain the parts in equal proportion! 
Fun and games with Delta and Omicron? (5,7) MEDIA CONTROL
Remus can only be found there after capital loss (9) AUSTRALIA

May describe a way to avoid friction between father and the editor? (5) PAVED

It is a calm reorganisation in action, or perhaps reaction (15) ACCLIMATISATION

Learned man breaks forges with superiors (6,9) REGIUS PROFESSOR

I’ll be hanged! (5) SWING

Tea for Two? (3,5,9) THE TIMES CROSSWORD

Two for Tea, we hear, and a guardian angel? (6-3) NINETY-TWO

Fair dos! (3) FUN

A Southwestern State (2) FA (Southwestern College, Florida)

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 (complete for 1 Across and 51 Across respectively!) courtesy of our German friends! Look at the history map if further proof were needed!

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

 David Akenhead, CEO Akenhead crosswords, 28th May, 2022

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