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Archive for December 12th, 2009

Enigmatic Variations No. 891 — Change in Circumstance by Samuel

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 12th December 2009

Colin Blackburn.

I usually enjoy Samuel puzzles and this one was no exception. His puzzles are usually science-based or themed on old-chestnut jokes. This one was neither of these. Instead it was based on a clever play of words by the comic dramatist Plautus which almost translates in English.

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Guardian 24,875 (Sat 5 Dec)/Araucaria – Berlin waul

Posted by rightback on 12th December 2009


Solving time: 13 mins

When I first looked at this I saw the long multi-word phrases and groaned. In fact one of them (LITTLE BO-PEEP) was obvious and the rest of the clues seemed easier than normal. The one sticking point was 7dn (SEEK) on which I spent at least 5 minutes at the end looking for a better answer, not knowing the idiom to which the wordplay referred.

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