Posted by Ali on 23rd September 2008
A very interesting puzzle indeed. The theme is Ambrose Bierce’s ‘Devil’s Dictionary’, from which 8 clues/answers are word-for-word definitions/entries. It’s perhaps a bit much to expect people to be able to get these without a copy of the dictionary or online help, but many of them are similar to the jokey, cryptic definitions you see in crosswords anyway, so they’re guessable if all checking letters are in place. That said, I was struggling, so I cheated as soon as I worked out the theme and this helped quite a lot with opening up the grid for the the non-thematic answers. Some people might argue that this kind of thing should be restricted to thematic puzzles (or Araucaria!), but I’ve no problem with it whatsoever. I’d never even heard of Ambrose Bierce, so was glad of the education.