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Toronto reader Tim Gray submitted this photo: “I moved into my house in November 1998 and have been keeping the elastics from the Globe ever since. I am well on the way to a basketball now.”

The Globe and Mail has such a great readership of smart, discerning people, and with a sense of fun. Above is a photo sent from Toronto reader Tim Gray: "I moved into my house in November 1998 and have been keeping the elastics from the Globe ever since. I am well on the way to a basketball now."

It looks almost that big now.

But it hasn't been all fun with the games lately.

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Many readers have been very upset about two mistakes on the puzzles pages. I blame the problem on vacations, when unfortunately the editor who usually takes care of the puzzles page was away and the wrong day of the Saturday puzzles package was published last month. That set off a rather complicated fix of running two full pages of puzzles to catch up and the answers, which took two weeks to show up after the initial mistake, just last Saturday.

Then this week, on Monday, unfortunately it happened again. Once again vacation related. The fix will be in Thursday and with luck this won't happen again.

It is not a surprise to me that the puzzles are so important to so many readers. It's a great mental challenge to start your day and you expect to see the answers on the promised day. Many readers start with that challenge before settling in to read the paper. So our apologies for the errors and confusion it has caused.

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