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Archive for March 13th, 2010

Guardian 24,951 [Sat. 6th March] / Araucaria

Posted by Eileen on 13th March 2010


I’m a last-minute substitute for rightback, who, unfortunately, has internet problems, so, not having expected to blog this, I’m trying to remember my thought processes when I solved it a week ago and the blog may well be less full than you would expect. I do know that the two long answers came first, almost solely from the enumeration [with one wee hiccup, see below]. They didn’t prove too much of a spoiler, though: there was lots still to go at and enjoy. Apologies for the lack of the customary Saturday title and theme music: suggestions welcome! [Slightly off-topic – but related – I lay low on yesterday’s Araucaria, which I thought was one of the most outrageous I have ever seen and, I think, stretched the limits of even his most ardent champions!  I feel on more stable ground here and am delighted to be able to blog my favourite compiler’s puzzle!]

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Enigmatic Variations No. 904 – French Polish by Samson

Posted by twencelas on 13th March 2010


Quite a complex preamble this week – additional letters in the wordplay of the across clues, additional words in the down clues and ten unclued entries, seven of which required modification. So what about the complexity? must admit, the title sounded strangely familiar. An easy first blog or a baptism of fire?

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