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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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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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