AMB 's different kind of puzzle
Crossword puzzles seem to be popular with English speakers in France to judge by the fact that many anglophone publications here include them. Interestingly, the majority of these are of the cryptic, rather than definition, type. We guess that there may be many readers of this website who would like this kind of puzzles and have asked Martin Hills, one of our regular contributors, who has pioneered his own variety of bilingual puzzle, first in Var Village Voice and currently in The Connexion to let us publish some of his in AMB Cote d'Azur.
Martin writes: ‘Like many other crossword puzzle setters, I graduated through years of solving other people’s in the UK papers. I have always enjoyed puzzles that are a bit different, like the many original forms that Araucaria has created for The Guardian. The puzzles that appear here will all be cryptic and will all have answers in both English and French, because most of us can do with practising our French and developing our vocabulary. The French words are to be found in a good dictionary. On top of that, each time I plan to add another twist of one sort or another. Nothing too difficult – the level will be roughly similar to that of The Times or The Guardian – but enough to get the little grey cells to work. Remember, this is the sort of mental exercise that is supposed to help ward off Alzheimer’s!’