Official Business — March 15, 2013, 9:18 pm

New Puzzles Page on Harpers.org

Dear Puzzlers,

A quick note to let you know that we’ve built a page, located at harpers.org/puzzles, that pairs all of Richard E. Maltby Jr.’s puzzles and solutions dating to 1976, and that we’ll update with each new issue. Subscribers who are logged in to the website will be able to link directly to the corresponding archive page for a given puzzle or solution, then click on the page to get a larger version.

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