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Archive for December 20th, 2008

Azed 1907 — Plain

Posted by John on 20th December 2008


A fairly standard Azed, I think.  Lots of words of which I’d never heard, fairly predictable and verified in Chambers, and as usual a very well-constructed grid, with words of many lengths (except that Azed has never in my experience sunk to using three-letter words). Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 24,571 (Sat 13 Dec)/Araucaria – Jingle Bells

Posted by rightback on 20th December 2008


Solving time: 16 mins, one missing (6dn)

If I’d been well schooled in Brontë, this would have been one of my fastest solves of an Araucaria crossword – surprising, considering the grid, which is one of the most disconnected used by broadsheets (I’ve seen this one in the Independent too). As it was, I was pleased to escape with just one missing, at least until I looked up ‘Balt’ and realised how stupid I’d been: straight to bed and no supper.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 841 – Open Chambers by Kea

Posted by Gaufrid on 20th December 2008


On my initial run through the clues I had a feeling that this might be the first EV that I’d failed to solve, particularly as I was still struggling with the final stage in Kea’s recent Listener. However, by the end of my first session I had all the answers bar four of the thematically related ones (2d, 4d, 6d, and 20d).

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