Monday, March 2, 2009

Sunset, Sunrise?

As of now, the Sun puzzle has ceased to exist. However, if enough people commit their interest, Peter Gordon will again begin to produce this fantastic puzzle. The price is incredibly reasonable at about 20 cents a puzzle. That's a dollar a week, and less than five dollars a month. Can you even buy a latte for that these days? Maybe just. So, for the price of one latte a month, you could (again) be enjoying these puzzles that are every bit as good as New York Times puzzles, a touch harder even in the early week, and a touch edgier in many respects. The vast majority are by the same quality constructors you've come to know and love.

The loss of the Sun is especially sad for constructors. There are now 250+ fewer spots per year for quality puzzles to see the light of day. And Peter Gordon is the anti-Shortz when it comes to response times. Whereas the New York Times will respond to a submission in anywhere from one to six months (sometimes longer), Peter Gordon usually responds within 24 hours! Whether for a budding constructor or a seasoned veteran, that's just a wonderful thing.

So, what are you waiting for? Are you seriously going to tell me you don't think 20+ of these puzzles in a month isn't worth five bucks? How much do you spend on videos? On coffee? On highway tolls? On vending machines? On lottery tickets? You wouldn't forego one restaurant lunch every two months to get a daily Sun puzzle? I know I would.

Think it over. Sure there are plenty of free puzzles out there. But somehow, they just don't seem to measure up. Here's the link:

Thanks for listening.

- Pete M.