Front cover photo by Greg Weaver – https://beta.freelyphotos.com
This year’s puzzle was a Christmas Sudoku – instead of digits 0-9 use the letters of the word CHRISTMAS!
The back cover includes a reminder of the Christmas gift:
This year I decided to make a Christmas Word Search and include it as part of my Christmas card design. There are over 30 words and short phrases relating to Christmas. When you find them all take the letters that remain in the grid, with spaces inserted at the correct points these will spell out a hidden message (you may find it useful to use Google Translate!).
After two weeks, only one couple had solved it so I’ve decided to give some hints:
Additional Hints (click to reveal)
These photographs were taken at the back of our family home in Omagh, Northern Ireland. On a frosty moonlit night in early December I set up my tripod, found a small LED torch and set the exposure on my camera to 30 seconds. The twelve pictures show successive attempts at trying to get the message correct. After twelve attempts not only was I freezing but the physical demands of running back and forth combined with the mental challenge of writing back to front within the exposure time was enough to make me settle for something that was legible enough to get my message across!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!