Having been GridMaster for the first couple of issues, I believe I have now performed every role in the physical issues of mathNEWS (which is a code for, "I'm never going to be the WebMaster"). But now it's time to step to one side and let Linda Carson write the puzzles once again. She has also sent us in enough puzzles for the next year (yippee hooray hurray!).
So ends my reign of error at another job. I mean, who picks a gridQUESTION that he can't even check when it comes time to prepare the issue? Well, me I guess. So I apologize, but answers will not break ties as intended. Instead, we have our first staff winner that I know of (R. Gorbet, who had a robot named after him recently) for the cryptic, and Emerald Kushnier is our conventional winner. Thanks to the SJU crew, Adam Weatherhead, Lina Lum, Brent Mackie, Bianca Tong, Marcor, Dave (times two), and Gina Brown for their correct solutions. Well done everybody, and keep submitting ... there is enough corruption around here to ensure you'll win eventually.
In closing, here's a real gridQUESTION Why aren't you working on your assignment? Get grids into the BLACK BOX or email them to mathNEWS in the next nine days or so. See you next issue!
Brad and Linda