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Independent on Sunday 1076 by Quixote – 26th September 2010

Posted by Handel on 3rd October 2010


We were very happy that Quixote went easy on us this week, as we completed this one with considerable hangovers after the joy of the Azed 2,000 lunch. Nothing too taxing here, but all manner of pleasing turns of phrase. An entirely suitable companion for a cup of tea.

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Everyman No. 3339 (26th September)

Posted by The Trafites on 3rd October 2010

The Trafites.

Lorraine:  I must admit I struggled slightly this week due to being a tad hungover from the Azed luncheon in Oxford.  Excellent puzzle as always.  I particularly liked 3dn, good anagram.  Thank you Everyman.

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Guardian Genius 87 by Lavatch

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd October 2010


Six months have passed, so it must be my turn to blog a Guardian Genius again.  

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Azed 2000

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 3rd October 2010


We all knew this puzzle would be some kind of special, but I doubt many guessed the exact kind correctly. It turned out that two letters had to be removed from the answers in each row and column, and relocated in a ring of extra boxes around the edge of the gird – one letter from each answer when there were two, and two letters from a single answer, leaving (mostly) non-words in the grid and a clue to solve in the letters around the grid. I liked the fact that this avoided one of the less attractive features of gimmicks like this – the need to write small but clear letters next to clues, and keep them clearly separated from all the other stuff you might jot down by a clue (like wordplay summaries if you don’t want to work them out all over again when you write up a report like this!). So applause from here for a good bit of design.

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