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Azed No 2116 Christmas Devilry

Posted by bridgesong on January 6th, 2013

This year Azed’s Christmas puzzle combined an old favourite (although not of all solvers), Printer’s Devilry,  for the across clues, with something entirely new for the down clues. These were normal clues made more complex by the addition of a jumble of consecutive letters referring to the equivalent across clue (in sequential order). I can only wonder at the effort this must have involved. The effect, strangely, was perhaps to make the puzzle rather easier to solve than had all the clues been PD.

For the purposes of the blog,  all clues as published are in blue.  I have then shown the across clues with the missing letters included in capitals to show the full wording, and I have shown the down clues with the additional letters capitalised, followed by a brief explanation of the clue with the extraneous letters removed.  I hope this makes it possible to see how the hidden answers in the across clues were extracted, and what the correct form of the down clues was.

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7 Responses to “Azed No 2116 Christmas Devilry”

1. sidey says:

Thank you for the very clear blog bridgesong. Azed certainly likes making work for himself. The real problem I find with this sort of thing is remembering quite what I’m supposed to be doing with each clue but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment.

2. The Trafites says:

I agree that the ‘jumbled’ down clues led to easier solving of the PD’s – this is the first PD puzzle I have ever completed!

And although the jumbles made the solving easier, it sure made it a lot tougher to get a decent competition clue together.

Nick

3. Pelham Barton says:

Yet another excellent crossword from Azed – he really does go to a lot of effort to produce puzzles that are satisfying to solve. Thanks also to bridgesong for the clear blog.

29dn: I think this is a double definition: fell[5] and fell[2].

4. bridgesong says:

Pelham @ 3: I agree, it is a double definition, not just a cryptic definition (which one might expect from Rufus, but not from Azed).

5. RCWhiting says:

Thanks all
When I reach the end of a crossword like this (Monday afternoon) I lean back and spend a few moments both admiring and being gateful for the compiler’s effort.
I had a poor attempt at ‘yuletide’ which only increased my admiration.
I am sometimes criticised when I complain that a weekday puzzle is too easy; I’m afraid that when challenges like this come along it just reinforces my view that such delights are achievable by humans.

6. RCWhiting says:

I slightly disagree that this format was easier because, like sidey, I was constantly reminding myself whether I was adding or subtracting.
I did write next to each down clue the enumeration for the corresponding across clue which avoided repeated clue counting.

7. sidey says:

I wrote the matching clue numbers down too.

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