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Archive for April 25th, 2010

Beelzebub 1,052 (18/04/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th April 2010

Simon Harris.

This seemed a very hard one to get in to, with six twelve-letter entries and a good handful of eights and nines. Solving time was therefore spent mostly on the first half of the clues. I may have been making unnecessarily heavy weather of things though, as of course everything seems quite clear with the benefit of hindsight!

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Azed 1977

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 25th April 2010

petebiddlecombe.

A mostly straightforward puzzle, which I think took me around 40 minutes, with Chambers just used at the end to find the answer to 16D and correct my daft mistake at 23A. This meant that I failed to spot an overconfident wrong answer at 26 down until I wrote this report.

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Everyman 3316

Posted by Arthur on 25th April 2010

Arthur.

Pretty nice this week. 10ac I am not sure of the exact correct parsing (I have 2 options which both seem equally likely) but I’m sure someone will clarify. Also I think 6dn is pretty mean as the answer is a town which (according to Wikipedia) has a population of fewer than 2000 people and so not somewhere that everyone would necessarily have heard of (I know I hadn’t). It is clued as an anagram which is easy to spot but does mean that you can never work out the answer for sure from the wordplay and I must admit that I ended up googling a few possibilities until hitting on the right one. However, 17/20ac is lovely and there’s a pleasant triple definition in there too at 19dn. Read the rest of this entry »

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