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Archive for January 5th, 2009

Guardian Genius 66: Animals, by Araucaria

Posted by jetdoc on 5th January 2009

jetdoc.

I found this puzzle fun to do, once I got the hang of how it worked. In each across clue, the definition gives a word containing either ASS, PIG, EWE or CAT; the subsidiary part gives a non-word (in most cases) with a different one of the animals; before writing it in the grid, you need to change the animal yet again.

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Guardian 24,588/Rufus

Posted by Andrew on 5th January 2009

Andrew.

My first day back at work after Christmas (boo!), and it’s back to traditional scheduling with a gentle Rufus puzzle. I’m unsure about my explanation of 19ac and unhappy about 26ac. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6933 by Hypnos

Posted by NealH on 5th January 2009

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone

I found this surprisingly easy, given it was littered with the sort of clues that I normally struggle with (e.g. double definitions involving the names of celebrities). Most of the clues were well written and the surface meanings were good.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 381 – Pretentious? Moi?

Posted by beermagnet on 5th January 2009

beermagnet.

This Xmas special was worth looking forward to.  27×27 grid plus usual longish Cyclops clues must be the limit for a page in the Eye.  The special feature this year was that 12 clues with no definition gave the identities of people who had been quoted in Pseuds Corner throughout the previous year.
Despite appearances I found it not quite as tricky as previous years.  I initially thought I would need to venture into the toppling pile of old Eyes in the corner of my office and flick through the PC entries for “inspiration”.  In fact, I managed to find all the names without such recourse, and finished most of the grid quite quickly considering its size – I was enjoying it rather than looking at the time and remember being surprised when I had only a handful left.  But for those few, especially 57A FAVE, I needed a few Xmas days to mull over.
For the PC names it probably helped if you were also a Guardian reader, most PC candidates come from there.  I did think of a few names up front, but was disappointed to find no mention of Richard Williams, Laura Barton or even Will Self – maybe his writing doesn’t really count as it is clearly consciously pretentious – but was not at all surprised to quickly get AA Gill and top YBA and all round asset to Britain Tracey E.
Anyway, for the blog I have flicked through the old issues and searched out the appropriate quotes as much possible and have put links and bits and pieces at the end of the blog.  I hope they make you laugh as much as me. Read the rest of this entry »

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