Hi guys, we have a really special Middle-Earth Monday today! Spring brings warm but rainy days that can keep a kitty inside and apart from snoozing what’s a kitty to do? Well, we do puzzles in our house! Dad is a professional Crossword Setter, he creates (they call it ‘setting’) cryptic crossword puzzles for national daily papers in Great Britain, as well as the widely read BBC Music Magazine.

To honour our Founder Cat, Dash Kitten, Dad created a special crossword puzzle. It was meant to have been published on the 6th of September, Dash’s anniversary, but was moved to the 13th, a week later.  So, if UK readers can find a copy of The Independent dated 13th September 2014, you will find Dash’s puzzle in a printed edition of the newspaper – try your local library.

Car windscreen in the rain
Wow – let’s get home and into the dry!
  • SUPER SPECIAL SCOOP! For those of you who are unable to get a copy of the paper, we are able to email a copy of the Paw Dee Eff (pdf) so you can give the puzzle a try.  PLEASE NOTE :- The pdf is a super special one-off created for regular DashKitten.com readers. Please leave a comment and we will be in touch to confirm your email address and send a copy.
  • The solution grid will be printed in the newspaper towards the end of September, so we will post about it, along with an insight into how the puzzle was created, by one of the best in the field, our Dad – aka Phi.

See you next Middle-Earth Monday!

Harvey Button
Middle Earth Monday Correspondent
Harvey Middle Earth Monday Correspondent

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23 Comments

  1. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady

    September 19, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Look at all that rain!!
    ? husky hugz ? frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
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  2. Where Pets Are Found

    September 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    ooh yes please, we’d love to decipher Dash!
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  3. Petiethecat

    September 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Would love to give puzzle a try please

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  4. The Swiss Cats

    September 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

    A crossword in English created by your Dad ? That’s a challenge we would try ! We would love to receive the Paw Dee Eff at swisscats AT bluewin DOT ch ! Purrs
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  5. Rascal and Rocco

    September 16, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Oh fun! I love puzzles!
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  6. da tabbies o trout towne

    September 16, 2014 at 4:29 am

    harvey….we dinna haz de honor oh noe inn dash… but wood love ta try a paw at hiz puzzle

    total lee awesum that yur dad cree ates them !!! rockin kewl 🙂 haz he ever done a hole book
    …like heer ya can get puzzle books, cross werds, logic, suduko, a mix N mash….de food gurl
    sucks at logic puzzles tho….her all ways asks…where bee spock when ya knead him !!

    happee day XXX

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  7. Edie Chase

    September 16, 2014 at 3:50 am

    I would like a copy of the crossword, even though I am not very good at them. Thank you.

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  8. LilyLuWhoT

    September 15, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    OMC-what a pawsome tribute to Dash! I’d love a copy of his crossword puzzle please! *Blows a kiss 2 #AngelDash* Love yoo always my sweet friend! MWAH! OxOxO

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  9. Queen Missy of Missylandia

    September 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    May we get a copy too? queenmissy at hotmail dot hu
    Thanky thanks.
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  10. Punapippuri

    September 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    We’d love to have a copy of the crossword – could you possibly email us the pdf ?
    karincparker (at) gmail DOT com

    Äiti loves crosswords and regualrly does the Guardian (Paul is her favourite setter) and she is pretty sure she has come across Phi.
    Many thanks!
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  11. meowmeowmans

    September 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    We’d totally love to try hat special Dash crossword puzzle. SO cool!
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  12. The Island Cats

    September 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    The mom stinks at crossword puzzles but we told her she should give this one a try. 🙂
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  13. Cathy Keisha

    September 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    We’d LOVE a copy cos TW does all the crossword puzzles in our local papers as long as they’re not too hard. This is soooo cool!
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  14. Summer

    September 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

    My human always wondered who put together crossword puzzles – now she knows!
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    • Dash Kitten

      September 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Summer, we will be doing a more detailed How-To after the puzzle solution is published.

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  15. Brian

    September 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Dang, I’m not allowed to you cross words or my sisters whap me! We do miss our pal Dash.
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  16. Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    September 15, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Well our Mommy is hopeless at crossword puzzles, but we would like to give it a try. We are very impressed that your Dad creates them. Mommy and the boys tried to create one once for a homeschool project and she says it is a lot harder then it sounds.
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  17. Traveling Cats

    September 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

    You have your own puzzle? Nice 🙂
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  18. Nerissa's Life

    September 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Wow. What a BEAUTIFUL thing for your dad to do in Dash’s memory.

    Purrs,
    Nissy
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  19. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    September 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    *raises paw high in the air* over here!!! Me, me, me please!!!
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  20. skye613 (De)

    September 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Me please!

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  21. ShaynaCat

    September 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Oh, I’d love to see that, please! Mom reads the I (the concise edition of the Independent), & loves it 🙂

    Reply

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