Saturday 29 August 2009

The Araucaria Counterweight Book Saver

Araucaria Crosswords Are you in the habit of solving crosswords in the bath, dozing off and accidentally dropping puzzle books into the water, causing untold damage to your precious books?

Then you might pick up a tip or two from crossword fan Ivan Greenburg. He has exactly this problem and has devised an innovative contraption to save his puzzle books from such mishaps. [Thanks to crossword center for mentioning this in their newsletter, that's where I heard about it first.]

The device is called 'The Araucaria Counterweight Book Saver', named after its inventor's favourite setter. Read more about it with annotated pictures here on the Chamber's editors' blog, clishmaclaver.

For those who don't keep track of the Guardian crossword, Araucaria is the pseudonym of Reverend John Galbraith Graham MBE, probably the most popular setter on the Guardian crossword team. He is best known for his themed puzzles, clever long anagrams and non-conformance to rigid Ximenean standards.

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1 comment

Deepak Gopinath said...

Hi Shuchi,
Good one there. I have half a mind of rigging up one near my throne in the loo, one of my favorite spots while doing the CW (No distractions of being asked to do my wife's sari pleats etc etc)!!