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Feeling puzzled? Here's our plans

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WHY is the Fourword game on the comics page? Why do you stick the Jumble in the Classifieds? And how come you can't find a Canadian crossword?

We were besieged by hundreds of puzzle-lovers after we launched a survey this month to find out what you'd like to see on our Diversions Page.

The one clear favourite was a New York Times daily crossword. Most readers scoffed that the Thomas Joseph game we run six days a week is far too easy.

(Some of you, however, feared the N.Y. Times daily is too hard, and begged us not to take away the one you love.)

You gave a big thumbs up to the new Sudoku puzzle, but asked us to make it bigger -- to allow for a little extra problem-solving room, of course.

So here's what we've done.

Starting today, we will publish two crosswords a day: Thomas Joseph and the N.Y. Times daily crossword, Monday to Friday. We'll continue running the granddaddy of them all, the N.Y. Times Magazine puzzle, on Sundays (It's also the hardest: the daily version starts out easy Monday and gets progressively more difficult, like Sudoku).

On Saturdays, we'll continue to run the much-loved Premier Crossword by Frank Longo, but just for fun we're going to add a new made-in-Canada crossword called Canadian Criss Cross, by Walter Feener.

We've moved Fourword to the Diversions page every day, and bumped up the size of the daily Sudoko. And four times a week, we'll offer a new word-search puzzle called Word Sleuth.

We're also going to give you the popular Scrabblegram puzzle more often, from Tuesday to Saturday.

Best of all, we're going to keep all your puzzle solutions on this page, instead of sprinkling them through the Classifieds or the entertainment section.

On the comics page, you'll find two surprises: Calvin and Hobbes is returning as a limited-edition "classic" series, and Doonesbury has moved over from the editorial pages.

Starting today, you'll find Rhona Raskin's advice column and Georgia Nicols' horoscopes in Life/Entertainment, and Dr. Gifford-Jones' popular health column will run there on Wednesdays.

As for Jumble? We decided to leave it where it was, so we could make room for the new stuff. Hope you enjoy the changes.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 26, 2005 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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