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Azed 2120/mostly gentle

Posted by ilancaron on 19th October 2014

ilancaron.

A relatively gentle exercise that didn’t require too many trips to Chambers.  I got stuck though on the NE corner for a long time (as long as the rest of the puzzle took) for some reason.  Interesting if others experienced this as well.  Definitions underlined.

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AZED 2,209

Posted by John on 12th October 2014

John.

The first of Azed’s Letters Latent puzzles since VE(S)TAL in 2009. I won’t give the complete preamble since you have no doubt already seen it, but letters are missing from each answer whenever they occur and these missing letters make an appropriate seasonal quotation. The definition is to the whole word, the subsidiary indication to the word with letters missing. Two words are missing from this quotation and the first one is clued like all the rest in the puzzle; the second one is the competition clue-word.

In the answers I have given the omitted letters in lower-case.

The quotation (which I have to admit to finding using Google) was from Ernest Dowson: ‘pale amber sunlight falls across the [reddening October] trees’.

As with all Azed’s specials, this was much enjoyed.

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Azed 2208

Posted by Andrew on 5th October 2014

Andrew.

I thought I was off to a good start with this when I got all four of the long answers around the edges (including 34a by some inspired guesswork). I then polished off the top half pretty quickly, but had a lot more trouble with the bottom, for no particular reason that I can see looking back. Read the rest of this entry »

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AZED No. 2,207 Plain

Posted by PeeDee on 28th September 2014

PeeDee.

A unusual grid from AZED this week.

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AZED 2,206

Posted by bridgesong on 21st September 2014

bridgesong.

A good puzzle for those who haven’t tackled an Azed before, with several clues that wouldn’t be out of place in a daily cryptic puzzle.

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Azed 2205

Posted by duncanshiell on 14th September 2014

duncanshiell.

We had a plain competition Azed this week where one of the clues was a simple definition that yielded an entry to be clued as part of the competition

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Azed 2204

Posted by ilancaron on 7th September 2014

ilancaron.

Fairly straightforward from the master.  Managed to solve in less than 2 hours (with frequent trips to TBRB).  Definitions underlined.

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AZED 2,203

Posted by John on 31st August 2014

John.

Although the structure of most of these clues is fairly straightforward, as witness the number of them that can be parsed in one bit, I found this one of Azed’s harder crosswords, with many difficult words and shades of meaning. Coomassie blue and makunouchi aren’t things I talk about every day. Indeed there are red squiggly lines under two of these words and they won’t go away.

As usual I’m not going to explain all these difficult words. I don’t want to be up all night.

Definitions underlined.

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Azed 2202 – ‘A Summer Serenade’ (DLM)

Posted by Andrew on 24th August 2014

Andrew.

I’ve never been a great fan of DLM (definition and letter-mixture) puzzles: I tend to find them very hard to get started on, but once even a couple of answers are in it becomes easy to see roughly where the anagrams have to be, and completing the grid is reduced to a rather routine process, without the variety of clue-types that a normal puzzle provides. So it was with this one: after staring at a blank grid for a while I finally spotted TRUG for 31a from “turgescent” (unusual words are a good place to look for anagrams in DLMs), from which I soon got to 13d and 26d, and then was on to the aforementioned routine.

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AZED 2,201

Posted by PeeDee on 17th August 2014

PeeDee.

My first Azed puzzle as a regular blogger entailing a very enjoyable trawl though Chambers. The great thing about blogging an Azed puzzle is that it gives me the perfect excuse to spend the afternoon reading the dictionary without attracting unwelcome comments about ‘needing to get a life’ etc. Thank you Azed.

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AZED 2,200

Posted by bridgesong on 10th August 2014

bridgesong.

A plain competition puzzle this month after the intricacies of July’s competition.

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Azed 2199

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd August 2014

duncanshiell.

A plain competition Azed this week.

 

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Azed 2198/this and this and this and thus

Posted by ilancaron on 27th July 2014

ilancaron.

I found this quite hard.  Lots of “indirect” clues — where the wordplay requires solving for this.   A good example is 33A.

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AZED 2,197

Posted by John on 20th July 2014

John.

How Azed produces these grids I just don’t know. He doesn’t so far as I know use technology but compiles them neatly in an exercise book, something that I would find virtually impossible. He sticks comfortably to the Ximenean advice about unchecked letters in words and both grid and clues are full of words that require a close examination of Chambers. Amazing, week after week.

Definitions underlined.

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Azed 2196 – “Overlaps”

Posted by Andrew on 13th July 2014

Andrew.

I knew something special was coming up for this month’s competition, because Azed had mentioned in a previous Slip that constructing this one had caused him some trouble. Not surprising, with what are effectively a large number of long across answers, most of which take the full 13-character width. Perhaps as a result of this, there are more down answers than usual (23 instead of 18), with correspondingly shorter words.

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