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Archive for August 29th, 2009

Beelzebub 1,018 (23/08/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 29th August 2009

Simon Harris.

Excellent crossword as always. I never time these, but I did notice that I managed more of this without Chambers than I usually would. That probably has more to do with the tight clueing than with my own solving skills! There’s just the one I can’t explain, at 16ac, though I’m sure that’s the right answer.

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Guardian 24,785 – Paul

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 29th August 2009

Ciaran McNulty.

A very entertaining theme for this prize crossword, and nicely hidden in the relevant surface(s).

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EV 876 What You’ve Got To Do by Syd Lexis

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 29th August 2009

Colin Blackburn.

With the preamble stating that there were 5 normal clues and 5 lines breaking up two misspelt words in the quotation there was clearly a connection. I found the clues easy enough (except for one) but the quotation proved less than straightforward until I had CENT-TCHU-A when the light dawned. It turns out the song title really is, AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSITIVE, ELIM-MY-NATE THE NEGATIVE. The five normal clues corresponded to the hyphens in the song title. The only slight problem was confirming the title via Google. I found plenty of references to the first word spelt and hyphenated that way but some had the second misspelt word spelt correctly and some had it misspelt correctly but not hyphenated. I’m sure the printed sheet music is authoritative though.

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