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If you have ever sat and stared at a screen absolutely puzzled by the behaviour of your code,model, simulator etc. you will appreciate the aptness of 34-1-76-62-56-107-6 Dawkins' observation in "The Blind 13-14-17-27-18-44-82-10-33-119"
 
1-2   3-4-5  6-7-8-'9  10-11-12-13  14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21  22-23-24-25-26  
 
27-28-29-30-31-32-33-34-35, 36-37-38-39   40-41-42-43-44-45-46-47  48-49-50-51
 
52-53-54-55   56-57-58   59-60-61-62-63-64-65-66   67-68-69-70  71-72   
 
73-74-75-76-77-78-79  80-81-82-83  84-85-86  87-88-89-90   91-92-93-94   95-96-97
 
98-99-100-101-102  103-104-105-106-107-108-109-110   111-112-113   114-115
 
116-117-118  119-120-121-122-123-124
 
which may be a sign that you need to at least tweak something, and at worst start over - but might also spark a new insight. This message, in any case, will come out clear if you follow this rule. The letters are numbered and can be converted to text by transcribing the author's name, the title of the book and solving the clues below.
 
1) Site for an opera or an operation (7):   9-53-58-22-26-105-54
 
2) Algorithm for solving LP problems (7):  35-63-59-106-89-110-74
 
3) The recent past (9): 3-65-66-67-93-47-71-60-16
 
4) Something to press or do up (6): 23-104-52-32-112-11
 
5) Saline or an answer (8): 121-85-123-113-91-19-24-102
 
6) Possible (8): 99-118-69-109-108-95-78-41
 
7) Wimbledon or the Six Nations (10): 97-28-31-40-115-75-42-43-64-39
 
8) Pay attention or adjust camera (5): 2-98-61-96-38
 
9) Trip (7): 36-12-86-57-8-120-111
 
10) Digit or drive (5): 116-117-122-94-45
 
11) Orchestral work (8): 103-55-29-30-68-7-20-79
  
12) Difficult to break, tear or chew (5): 87-72-37-21-81
 
13) Sum or oil major (5): 48-4-83-50-90
  
14) House or wash (5): 80-92-114-70-101
  
15) Ballet skirt (4): 124-5-77-25
 
16) After ninth (5): 51-73-15-100-49
 
17) Storm centre (3): 46-84-88
 
As usual, kudos and mentions on the Desk to successful solvers. [First in this year, Serge Mennecier, followed by Paul Tromans]

Submit your solution and stake your claim to fame via the usual e-mail addresses or here.
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P.S.  If you like this sort of thing and want more, the 2018 and 2019 puzzles are still available.

From Kathy's Desk  28th December 2019.