Crime in the backblogs

The Harrogate crime fiction festival is over. Crimeficreader has started posting about it in a series of reports: A few points of interest; the New Blood panel; and the Harrogate Crime Writing festival 2006. More to come.

Sarah Weinman has posted a collection of links to some bloggers’ reports of the festival (including a semi-indiscreet reference to Crimefic’s blog), noting: "if I’ve missed out on anything, just add your voice in the backblogs."

"Backblogs" — is this a term for comments? Has anyone heard it before? I really like the word, and am wondering if Sarah invented it or if it is a known term. Or if it refers to some piece of the blogosphere I have yet to encounter.

While I was at Sarah’s blog, I picked up yet another book recommendation (help me! help me!):

"Daniel Woodrell: Winter’s Bone: A Novel
I’ve been saying how brilliant this book is for ages but why not make it official now that the pub date approaches: this is one of the best novels of 2006, bar none, and Woodrell demonstrates why he’s writing some of the best contemporary fiction going these days. What a heartbreaking, emotion-laden, stunning book this is. Read it, savor it and never forget it."

Polygon 25 and 26 July

Polygon puzzle 25 July
Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of three or more letters, always including the central letter. Capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives are disallowed.

How you rate: 12 words, average; 16, good; 20, very good; 25, excellent.

Polygon puzzle 26 July
Using the given letters no more than once, make as many words as possible of three or more letters, always including the central letter. Capitalised words, plurals, conjugated verbs (past tense etc), adverbs ending in LY, comparatives and superlatives are disallowed.

How you rate: 10 words, average; 14, good; 17, very good; 21, excellent.

Source: The Times

Answers in the comments.