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Azed 2232 – Double Trouble

Posted by Andrew on 22nd March 2015

Andrew.

My Azed blogging has been perfectly synchronised with the appearance of specials recently – this is the fourth in a row that I’ve had to contend with. I was going to say that I hadn’t seen this type before, but a little googling revealed that Azed used it a couple of years ago in puzzle 2089 (see also John’s blog). Maybe the clueing was a bit gentler than usual, but I found that the adding or removing of the extra letters didn’t make much difference to the difficulty of the puzzle once I’d got my head round the instructions. Nevertheless, up to the usual Azed standards of soundness and satisfaction.

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AZED No 2,231

Posted by PeeDee on 15th March 2015

PeeDee.

My apologies for the late posting.  I won’t comment any further  on the puzzle as I cheated to get it finished quickly for the blog.  Thanks to frogman for help on some of the parsings.

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AZED 2,230

Posted by bridgesong on 8th March 2015

bridgesong.

A plain competition puzzle this month from Azed.

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Azed 2229

Posted by duncanshiell on 1st March 2015

duncanshiell.

This was a plain Azed puzzle with everything you would expect in such a puzzle

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AZED 2,228/hi-tech

Posted by ilancaron on 22nd February 2015

ilancaron.

I found this hard at first and didn’t make much headway until I’d cracked a couple of the long downs.  Azed’s tech-knowledge surprised me a bit — so much so that I resisted both tech-centric answers until I could do so no longer.

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AZED 2,227

Posted by John on 14th February 2015

John.

As usual everything (with the possible exception of 25dn) is quite simple but very complicated since the words are so difficult. Hence many of these clues can be explained in one short statement.

Definitions underlined

 

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Azed 2226 – Playfair

Posted by Andrew on 8th February 2015

Andrew.

I’m glad to see I’m not the only blogger who gets worried when landing on a Playfair puzzle. “I admit to a slight feeling of trepidation when I … noticed that it was a Playfair puzzle” (bridgesong); “the clues in italics often give me the jitters, and even though they’re supposed to be relatively easy (Peter Biddlecombe): my thoughts exactly. As per my usual strategy, I tried to get all the uncoded answers first, which fortunately I was able to do without too much difficulty.

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AZED 2,225

Posted by PeeDee on 1st February 2015

PeeDee.

A fine selection of obscure words from AZED, very enjoyable to track them all down.

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AZED 2,224

Posted by bridgesong on 25th January 2015

bridgesong.

A harder than usual puzzle from Azed this week, with a 13 by 11 grid, including a higher than average number of & lit clues.

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Azed 2223

Posted by duncanshiell on 18th January 2015

duncanshiell.

Azed has given us another masterclass in precise clueing

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AZED 2,222

Posted by ilancaron on 11th January 2015

ilancaron.

I solved this rather quickly (for me) and didn’t find myself abusing Chambers.  A relatively healthy number of &lits but I struggled to understand the definition of DAFT until an email friend helped me out of my misery.

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AZED 2,221

Posted by John on 4th January 2015

John.

Something very odd has happened this week. The paper and originally the website printed a totally irrelevant clue for 20ac, with Azed’s clue provided (hastily?) after a day or two. Also the website had some extraordinary glitches: it put (5) (5) after 25ac, (7) (7) after 18dn, and (6) (6) after 22dn. Also, 10dn was given as (7) instead of (5), and — at any rate by Tuesday — this hadn’t been corrected.

Which didn’t detract from the usual pleasant solving experience. Everything was straightforward enough and it was obvious what the mistakes were. Azed’s clues are in retrospect nearly always easy to solve: they are difficult simply because they use words that are, to say the least, outside one’s normal experience. This doesn’t take away from their quality, though.

As usual some dictionary research will be needed by you, dear reader, if you are to understand eveything about all the clues. I have underlined the definitions.

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Azed 2220 – Christmas Crackers

Posted by Andrew on 3rd January 2015

Andrew.

In six-and-a-half years of blogging Azed, this is the first time the luck of the draw has brought me a Christmas puzzle. I was a bit apprehensive at the prospect, as some of them have been quite challenging in recent years. However, this one turned out to very much at the opposite end of the spectrum, despite the rather daunting special instructions, and I was surprised to find that I had finished it (apart from a couple of stragglers that needed some Chambers-searching) by about 9.30 on the morning that it was published.

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Azed 2,219

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st December 2014

Gaufrid.

My apologies for the late appearance of this post. The scheduled blogger forgot that it was his turn and did not solve the puzzle (I’ll put it down to festive spirit!).

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AZED 2,218

Posted by bridgesong on 14th December 2014

bridgesong.

A plain puzzle for the December competition, although no doubt the Christmas special will be rather more complex.

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