I had a new Codewords puzzle book for my birthday.
It's from The Telegraph newspaper and is titled 'All New Codewords'. It looked like a regular codewords book at first.
But, as the saying goes - don't judge a book by its cover.
I read the introduction and was put off by the part which warned that the puzzles in the book are more difficult to other codewords puzzles that I was used to.
The trepidation I had, when I read the warning, wasn't eased when I turned to puzzle one. On that page, I noticed that The Telegraph gives its readers a two letter head-start.
I'm used to being given four letters to start off with. Three at a push.
Anyway, I managed to talk myself into giving it a go. And - to be fair - I did better than I thought I would.
I completed it in twenty-three minutes and forty-four seconds. The time is around the same ballpark number I accomplish with the three-or-four letter head-starts.
You'll notice that there is something edited out of the image above.
Upon completion of each puzzle, I put the date on it. Puzzle number one was done on my birthday. However, when I went to fill in the day, I accidentally put my birthdate down instead.
So - I didn't 'mess up' the puzzle. I simply screwed up what should have been the easiest part of completing it!