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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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AZED No. 2,195 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 6th July 2014

The Trafites.

Nick:  A game of two halves this week.

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AZED 2,194

Posted by bridgesong on 29th June 2014

bridgesong.

A routine plain Azed this week, made a little harder if you were using the online version.
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Azed 2193

Posted by duncanshiell on 22nd June 2014

duncanshiell.

This was a standard plain crossword from Azed with the usual mix of precise cluing and unfamiliar words.

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Azed 2192/off-by-one

Posted by ilancaron on 15th June 2014

ilancaron.

Other than a numbering malfunction in the online edition once it had finally become available after a couple of days (across clue numbers from 29 needed to be incremented which I spent far too long on unraveling), fairly standard Azed fare — I couldn’t find 9D in Chambers but perhaps I wasn’t sufficiently thorough.

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AZED 2,191

Posted by John on 8th June 2014

John.

The usual solid workout from Azed. In his clue-setting competitions, there is an extraordinary preponderance of comp. anags. but in his own crosswords he has apparently only had one or at most two. Until now, and I don’t remember three before.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Azed 2190

Posted by Andrew on 1st June 2014

Andrew.

A medium-difficulty Azed (for me) this time. As usual, no problems with the excellent clues (apart from a slight eyebrow-raise at 1d), but there were a few mistakes/misprints in both the online and PDF versions (I don’t know about the actual newspaper) that really shouldn’t have slipped through the editorial net. (By Muphry’s law, this criticism means that there are probably several typos or other errors below.)

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AZED 2,189

Posted by bridgesong on 25th May 2014

bridgesong.

The particular feature of this puzzle presented a problem to your blogger.

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AZED 2,188

Posted by bridgesong on 18th May 2014

bridgesong.

A French theme to this week’s puzzle.

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Azed 2187

Posted by duncanshiell on 11th May 2014

duncanshiell.

A plain competition Azed this week.

 

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Azed 2186/over the top

Posted by ilancaron on 4th May 2014

ilancaron.

Relatively gentle for an Azed (i.e. I solved it in about an hour which is fast for me).  A couple of uncharacteristic errors — incorrect enumeration at 31A and bad anagram fodder at 3D — unless I’m completely off the mark.

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AZED 2,185

Posted by John on 27th April 2014

John.

The usual Azed, where the wordplay is so precise that you can often be pretty sure of the answers without knowing the words. I solved most of this when away for the weekend and came home with many unknown words written by the clues but not yet in the grid, ready for me to look them up in Chambers.

I thought that 19dn was very good, but my godson had a point when he opined that the ‘e.g.’ takes away from the surface reading. However, Azed (but not all setters, including some in The Times) clearly abhors a definition by example. And rightly so in my opinion.

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Azed 2,184

Posted by Andrew on 20th April 2014

Andrew.

Owing to a very busy week I’ve hardly had time to solve this puzzle – which I think was of above average difficulty, thanks to a high proportion of unfamiliar words – let alone write a blog on it, so apologies for this rather minimalist effort, and also for any errors. And of course thanks to Azed for yet another high-quality piece of work.

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