Early in January David Tiley posted on the Sunday Age's dumping of their Snodger Giant Crossword:
In the scale of things, one newspaper puzzle doesn’t rate. But it does to thousands of readers, and to the people who produce it.
Since 1990, Snodger Puzzles has made the Giant Sunday Age crossword puzzle. Now The Age has replaced it with something much simpler.
As a crossword affy-condo, I was moved to comment.
Just the name of the new one is enough to repel me - Connoisseur. Has the Sunday Age really become THAT snobby? What sort of pretentious dicks do they think make up their their readership? Ok, don’t answer that. What’s wrong with history, science, geography, sport and politics, to name but a few ohh so gauche categories? C-Slacker is spot on. The big one was good because it was hard and you learnt something new about lots of things, even if some of the clues were farcical. The new one, though, is utter rubbish. Partly because of the aforesaid snobbishness, but primarily because it is ridiculously, boneheadedly easy. “Brain teaser”? They’re kidding, right?
What’s more, the old one made lots of funny dumb mistakes.
Then fired off a polite email to the Sunday Age:
from: Tony T
Hiya Peter & Theresa.
Just a quick note to say that your new crossword it utter rubbish. Connoisseur? Brain teaser? You're kidding, right? I am going to arrange for my newsagent to deliver ONLY the sports section, because that's the only part of the paper I'll be reading from now on.
Polite - but firm. I didn't expect a reply. If one did happen to arrive, it would only be the standard bullshit "Your complaint has been noted, but we've had lots of positive feedback". Suuurrrre you have.
from: The Age
subject: The Snodger Giant Crossword returns to The Sunday Age from 4th February 2007
Your Snodger Giant Crossword returns to The Sunday Age this week. I hope you enjoy it.
The Sunday Age