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Archive for June 30th, 2012

Guardian Prize 25,670 / Puck

Posted by Eileen on 30th June 2012



Well, I’m certainly not complaining about this Prize puzzle not being challenging enough / being over too quickly! I had all the answers in on Saturday but it took a day or two longer to parse some of them. I found it pretty hard going but very rewarding in the end.

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Independent 8016 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle 23 June 2012)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 30th June 2012


It’s Saturday, it’s my turn to blog…and it is yet another Bannsider! Not that I’m complaining – excellent clueing, as usual, although I would say this was possibly at the ‘easier’ end of the Bannsider scale…and maybe a bit of a football theme-ette to boot?…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1023 – Phoenix by Rasputin

Posted by Mister Sting on 30th June 2012

Mister Sting.

I’ll get my grumble out of the way first: the crossword editor should be hanged. There were FIVE length errors (46 across and 2, 16, 32, 42 down). These didn’t make solving harder, but such mistakes can do so, and are in any case unacceptably sloppy. Also, 38dn should have been hyphenated, and this did affect the difficulty. Furthermore, speaking of affects, 31ac read ‘AFTER AFFECTS’, rather than ‘AFTEREFFECTS’.

No one who solves the Enigmatic Variations with any regularity will be inclined to the opinion that perhaps the editor had an off day, as errors are far too common. In summary, next time I suggest that the editor uses the time-honoured technique of actually looking at the puzzle. With their eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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