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Archive for December 2nd, 2012

Independent on Sunday 1,188/Hypnos

Posted by Ali on 2nd December 2012

Ali.

A reasonably gentle but very enjoyable offering from Hypnos with plenty of clue types on show and some nicely clued proper names. Favourite clue was 17A, which I only worked out as I was writing this up!

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Everyman 3451/25 November

Posted by Pierre on 2nd December 2012

Pierre.

Perhaps a more tricky Everyman than usual, but I’m interested to know what others think …

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Guardian Genius 113 / Crucible

Posted by mhl on 2nd December 2012

mhl.

We hadn’t done a Guardian Genius for a while, but did this one since I was down on the rota for doing a blog post on it. I’m very glad about this in retrospect – there was a lot to enjoy in this smart puzzle from Crucible. We thought this was slightly above the usual difficulty for a Genius, just because getting one pairing gave you no help with any of the others – there was no clear breakthrough point as you sometimes get with themed puzzles. Anyway, this was a very good puzzle, not even spoiled by by the final three clues being mangled on publication nor the mistake in 2 down.

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Azed 2112

Posted by Andrew on 2nd December 2012

Andrew.

The first thing that struck me about this puzzle was the unusually open grid, with wide open unbarred spaces, especially in the NE and SW corners. The two 13-letter across answers have only two unchecked letters each, instead of the more usual four. Just as remarkably, Azed has managed to fit in a generous helping of familiar (or a least reasonable-looking) words. Perhaps as a result of these two features, I found the puzzle very much at the easy end of the spectrum, almost finishing it without aids in about 40 minutes, and then needing just a little dictionary-hunting to finish off a few stragglers. The grid may be unusual, but the clueing is as sound and imganitive as ever.

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