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Archive for February 18th, 2007

Guardian 23,997/Brummie (Sat Feb 10th [corrected from 3rd]) – Gunned down

Posted by rightback on 18th February 2007

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Solving time: 10 minutes, one mistake (7 dn).

This felt a cavalier solve, with numerous across clues to which I didn’t look closely at the wordplay while solving (e.g. 1, 11, 14, 18, 25/26). The down clues seemed more straightforward, especially in the lower half; almost as if the compiler wrote the clues in order and ran out of inspiration three quarters of the way through!

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Everyman 3150/Feb 11 – Belgium

Posted by ilancaron on 18th February 2007

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I really wanted to be able to say that if it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium. But sorry it’s Sunday. I’m hoping someone will explain 6D for me. Everyman has done so below…

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Azed 1811 – waves and wave-dwellers

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 18th February 2007

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Solving time 16:05, without Chambers

This is probably about as easy as Azed gets. Easy for me anyway, as 1A was a word I knew, and 9 first letters of relatively easy down words gives you a great start. I slowed down a bit in the bottom half, and I suspect a few people might have done this very quickly indeed. But I’m talking about people with long experience – I’ve been solving Azed on and off since an Easter vacation back in 1981 when I should have been revising for finals but spent a big chunk of a weekend with Azed, Chambers, and Chambers words. I’m pretty sure that (a) this was my first Azed, and (b) I finished it – two or three years before I finished my first Times daily puzzle (rather more lit-based than it is now). Although Azed uses tough vocabulary, the precise clue-writing and extra help from more checking letters give you few excuses, unless you come up against a difficult word with the first letter unchecked, which lurks in an unexpected place in the big red book. Cross-referencing is much better than it used to be in C (Chambers), so this doesn’t happen too often.

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