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Archive for January 3rd, 2009

Guardian 24,581 (Sat 27 Dec)/Brummie – Bookish

Posted by rightback on 3rd January 2009

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Solving time: 35 mins

It would be fair to say that I wasn’t firing on all cylinders when solving this puzzle. The clearest evidence was the five minutes I wasted trying to find an alternative to ORCADIAN at 8ac because I didn’t know an island called ‘Orcadia’ and couldn’t see the wordplay. It didn’t help that I couldn’t link the eight special answers (given in bold), though – it turns out that they are all not chickens, oranges, dogs, cars or constellations but book publishers. Well done if you spotted that!

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Guardian (Jumbo) 24,577 (Sat 20 Dec)/Araucaria – Christmas carols

Posted by rightback on 3rd January 2009

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Solving time: 65 mins

A very nice Christmas jumbo from Araucaria, with the phrases “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year” and “God rest you merry gentlemen” hidden in the unchecked letters in the outer and inner perimeter. I’m surprised the enumerations of these were given in the preamble, as this made the first in particular very easy to guess. I thought the clues were significantly simpler than usual for Araucaria, perhaps because of the added difficulty from the jigsaw.

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Enigmatic Variations 842 Genius by Flashy-hat

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 3rd January 2009

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I’d not come across Flashy-hat before in any of the usual outlets so I wasn’t sure whether to expect heavy meal to keep me eating over the holiday or a light starter before moving on to other potential main courses. In the end it was the latter. It was a fairly light theme with relatively easy, but fair, clues. I guess this was a thematic of the old-school, it’d probably not find a place in today’s Listener but the EV (and the Inquisitor) series can provide such puzzles as a way in for new solvers and setters alike.

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Azed 1908/Noel

Posted by ilancaron on 3rd January 2009

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I solved this with the help of a Google friend (Howard Trickey — thanks!).   Unlike a typical Listener, we cracked the theme well before solving all the clues (with the help of a certain well-known search engine and the terms “Christmas Carol beauty” we found http://www.carols.org.uk/we_three_kings_of_orient_are.htm). Read the rest of this entry »

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