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The Bodies in the Beach and NEW! Death in the Deauville
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NEW! Avalaff Heritage Edition
SudokuXP - the world's favourite sudoku system.
(OK, I made the "world's favourite" bit up, but it is very good!). 4X4, 9X9 and 16X16 puzzles, auto-crosshatching, mouse controls, save/restore, multi-puzzle prints, hint system and 20,000+ puzzle database. NEW - VERSION 5 with loads of new features (click here for details). Now cheaper for UK residents! Membership costs £3.00 but you only pay once and it's worth every penny!
Members log in here • More details • Try it free with SudokuXP's Puzzles Of The Day
Get a random puzzle (ratings from 'easy' to the slightly scary 'outlaw') or type in your own. There's a printer-friendly version, automatic possible-number hints if you need help (or you can write your own if you want to do it properly), and if you're really stuck it'll solve it for you!
PLUS How to solve sudoku guide.
PLUS Sudoku Gallery - over 700 pre-built, rated puzzles!
Paul's Backgammon Vaults
Backgammon games (and the occasional tip) that you can watch in your web browser. View them play-by-play or sit back and run them in autoplay. Why? Because it helps to improve your game (and if you're into backgammon, they're fun to watch too). 400+ matches online already, and it's only just started!
Want to build your own animated backgammon website? See BG Replay, the software that powers the Vaults!
The Bath - Bristol Cycle Path photo tour.
The entire 14-mile route in pictures. See the beautiful Avon Valley, the steam railway at Bitton, picturesque (and eerie) Mangotsfield station and the dark (but lit) Staple Hill tunnel, then make the long descent into Bristol. With animated route map and navigation tips, in Classic and Broadband editions!
The Bath to Bradford on Avon Cycle Tour.
Take the Kennet & Avon canal towpath along the tranquil Limpley Stoke Valley. The countryside's even more beautiful than the Bath-Bristol route, and the scenery includes colourful narrowboats and two aqueducts!
NEW - Google and Microsoft maps of the tour routes - drag them, zoom them, see satellite pics! (See tour menu - requires broadband connection).
Client-server quiz Leaderboard issues fixed!
Test your knowledge on a range of subjects, complete with three lifelines, tension-inducing sound effects, a real leaderboard and Sumo-style player rankings (get your name on the board and become, er, famous)! I've also fixed the leaderboard update process, so you can actually get on the board - try it!
NEW - Updated Banzuke (table of champions)!
NEW - Sumo Quiz (plenty of new leaderboard points)!
New layout, new viewer applet, new panoramas, all with links to maps and related(-ish) websites! Includes views of Cornwall, London, Seattle and all 6½ Georgian Crescents in Bath. Pan and zoom round these 360° landscapes now!
Group Efforts is now on Kindle!
Click here to see it on Amazon UK (also available from Amazon sites worldwide).
Big Brother special - Housemate's Dilemma.
As this year is the bitchiest Big Brother (UK) ever, here's a special version of Prisoner's Dilemma, the game of cooperation and betrayal. Can you out-bitch your housemate, avoid being nominated and win the house a luxury food budget?
Runs in Internet Explorer and FireFox.
Avalaff - the antidote to digital TV bingo channels!
No proper bingo on telly any more? Don't worry, we still play the real thing, where you have to complete the patterns to win! No stake money, no prizes, but all the fun and thrills of online bingo. See your name up there on the leaderboard! Includes upgraded, high-speed Stats Edition for the serious bingo-odds student.
New patterns plus NEW Balls Edition - be a winner every time!
Avalaff Sig Buffle
Just when you thought telly gaming channels couldn't get any worse, they did - and so have we! Try our new role-playing card-turn game (it's just for fun!) (Note - if you've never seen a digital TV bingo channel you probably won't have a clue what we're on about, but if you have, you might enjoy the joke. Either way, Avalaff plays a mean game of bingo - and now card-turning too!)
These original version of Avalaff only run in Internet Explorer, and with Microsoft getting all Edge-y about its browser strategy they may not be around forever. Enjoy them while you can! If you want to run Avalaff (original bingo game only) in a modern browser such as Edge, Firefox or Chrome, see our new Avalaff Heritage Edition (details above)!
Avalaff is also at www.avalaff.net.
Hypertext fiction NEW!
Hyperfiction breaks free of the single-path, beginning-middle-end contraints of conventional storytelling. In these two hyperstories you can make Billy's day (literally) and discover what beautiful teenager Sam really feels about her life.
Paul's Web Design Pages
- promoted higher
up the menu because people prefer it to the newer stuff!
Pictures, slideshow and 11 (count 'em) panoramas of the world-famous Minack Theatre at Porthcurno in Cornwall. See what it's like to be on stage in front of a packed audience!
Nice photos of West Cornwall, UK, one of the loveliest places on Earth. Includes pics of Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole, Sennen (lots!), Pendeen, St Ives, Pothgwarra, Porthcurno and Bryher on the Isles of Scilly.
Read and/or sign my Guestbook!
Smart new format (I've installed a better script). Be the first to sign the new-look book!
Play Prisoner's Dilemma.
1999 Solar Eclipse Special.
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UPDATED (a bit).
This site is not a blog, but that doesn't mean I can't put blog-style stuff in this column to fill it up, does it? So on that basis....
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Mozilla FireFox, and I suggest you do the same, except for the Panoramas, which are great in Opera.
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