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AZED 2,240

Posted by ilancaron on 17th May 2015

ilancaron.

Some difficult wordplays to decode (e.g. 15A, 22D) with a typical rate of Big Red Book consultations.  About medium for an Azed I’d say.   Still would like some enlightenment below. Enlightenment provided by Norman and Sidey (thanks!)

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Azed 2239 ‘Spoonerisms’

Posted by John on 10th May 2015

John.

In a way (but only a way) my heart sank when I saw what I was going to have to blog: Azed’s specials are always excellent but take ages and are often very complicated. I was unsure that I’d be able to cope, but it’s all done now and any mistakes have now been made, I’m afraid.

It’s a long preamble, which I won’t repeat, except to say that there are two types of clue, occurring in more or less equal numbers. In half of them (and in these clues I’ve put (D) by the answer) you have to define the answer by finding a spoonerism in the clue. In the other half, which I found more difficult, certainly at the start — I had about ten of the first type before I got any of this type — the clue leads to a spoonerism of the answer, which is always a word in Chambers. So in these cases the answer isn’t actually defined and perhaps that’s what makes it so difficult to get started on them. In the first case the subsidiary indication is normal and in the second it leads to the actual word in the answer, not the spoonerism of it.

Really good.  Definitions underlined.

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Azed 2238

Posted by Andrew on 3rd May 2015

Andrew.

After my run of specials, it’s almost a relief to have “just” a Plain Azed to blog. I didn’t get off too lightly, though: I did about three-quarters of this quite quickly and without aids, but ground to a halt to in NE corner and took longer to do that than the rest of the clues put together. Some of the parsing was tricky to work out, but I hope I’ve got everything satisfactorily explained. Thanks as always to Azed.

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AZED 2,237

Posted by PeeDee on 26th April 2015

PeeDee.

I found this tricky and needed some electronic help to get the last couple of solutions after spending a few days failing to finish unaided.  I thought there was a huge amount of interesting stuff in here, both cruciverbally and factually.  Very enjoyable indeed, one of the most interesting AZEDs I have blogged.  Thank you AZED.

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AZED 2,236

Posted by bridgesong on 19th April 2015

bridgesong.

A straightforward plain puzzle this week, but with one unusual feature.

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Azed 2235

Posted by duncanshiell on 12th April 2015

duncanshiell.

Given that this puzzle was published on Easter Sunday I was expecting an Azed special, so I was slightly surprised to see just a plain Competition puzzle.

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AZED 2,234

Posted by ilancaron on 5th April 2015

ilancaron.

I managed to charge through this pretty quickly at my desk while pretending to work (and listening to The Rolling Stones on YouTube — unrelated I think). A couple of wordplays still to resolve which I fully plan to… (best laid plans…)

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Azed 2233

Posted by John on 29th March 2015

John.

My apologies: I had intended to do this blog today, using the nice software that gives you the clues, but when I came to do so I found that this week’s puzzle was already there and I didn’t know how to do the one I wanted to do. So I had to use the old format, which doesn’t give you the clues. However, I console myself with the thought that the only people who read these Azed blogs are the diehards who have struggled through the crossword, so they will have the clues to hand anyway. Perhaps I’m wrong and a whole lot of passers-by look at the Azed blogs and try to solve the clues there and then. To them I can only say I’m sorry. You won’t be able to this week.

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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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