# Fifteensquared

## AZED No. 2,105 ‘Collisions’ COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on October 14th, 2012

Nick:  For a special, I found this rather easy, so 6/10 for me, but 9/10 for the cleverness. Incidently, this blog took me longer to do than the puzzle 😀

First, the preamble, so we know what’s going on;

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Special instructions: Down clues are normal. Each across entry consists of two answers which ‘collide’, i.e. they overlap by one or more letters, the overlapping letters always appearing in their correct order. Across clues consist of definitions of each of the full overlapping answers and subsidiary indications of each minus the overlapping letters. Definition and subsidiary indication for one answer precede those for the other, but either may come first. Numbers in brackets indicate the lengths of complete entries. One across answer consists of two words. Competitors should submit with their entries a clue in the style of the other acrosses to the unclued ‘collision’ at 1 Across, which must be deduced.
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Of course, the way into this type of puzzle is to tackle the plain down clues first to get a lead-in.

In the blog below, a red // shows the clue split, and the definitions in each clue are highlighted/underscored in green
Next, the grid entry is shown followed by the two words separately, followed by the letters causing the ‘collision’.
Finally, the subsidiary indications are shown in grid entry order.

It’s a bit busy, so I hope you can all understand it.

### 4 Responses to “AZED No. 2,105 ‘Collisions’ COMPETITION PUZZLE”

1. bridgesong says:

Thanks for the very clear blog, NIck. I agree that the way in was to concentrate on the down clues, but it wasn’t long before some of the across clues fell into place. There was an ah-ha moment when 1 across became obvious.

I thought it might be worth mentioning the grid; it was very helpful for the across clues, with very few unches.

2. Pelham Barton says:

This took me just over my normal maximum solving time for a plain puzzle and I found it very satisfying, so thanks Azed for a very good idea well executed. I got ICEBERG quite early, but did not spot TITANIC until much later. Thanks also to Nick for a well presented and clear blog.

3. RCWhiting says:

Thanks all
This started so slowly for me that I thought it might prove to be one of those very rare Sun./Mon puzzles.
It did not but the pleasure extended well into the afternoon.
I kept failing to remember that the overlap was to be entered.
Eventually all fell into place and it had been an enjoyable solve.
Last two in were 16ac and 9d.

4. Jan says:

An excellent blog, Nick, well done. I’m not surprised it took a long time.

I thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle although, unlike RCW, I kept forgetting that the overlaps weren’t clued and kept searching the wordplay.

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