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Archive for November 11th, 2006

Independent 6257/Scorpion – a tough workout

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 11th November 2006

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Solving time 15:40

I like to see Scorpion puzzles, and I’m pleased to be writing the first Scorpion posting here on “225″ – here’s why. From time to time, would-be setters send me puzzles and ask what I think of them. They range from the truly awful to ones that show promise, and a few that I’d be perfectly happy to see in any paper. I try to give constructive criticism, which is usually taken the right way. When the first Indie Scorpion puzzle appeared (this is the third or fourth I think), I had my first ever e-mail telling me that I’d played a tiny part in getting a new setter into a national paper, by commenting on one of his early efforts a few years ago. I say tiny, because the main requirements seem to be a lot of hard work, and practice at setting in less famous places to get yourself noticed. Scorpion has clearly absorbed the important things while probably ignoring a few of my fussier comments. I found his first Indie puzzle very hard, but now he’s in the same “hard but fair” group as Mass, Monk and Nimrod. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23915/Bunthorne – A tough final challenge

Posted by neildubya on 11th November 2006

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The last puzzle from one of the very best setters.
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