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AZED 2,215

Posted by John on 23rd November 2014

John.

A standard and typically sound and pleasant Plain from Azed this week. Most of the clues allow a very straightforward and brief parsing. One or two of his ways are a bit beyond me, and 8dn is completely beyond me, but I trust someone will explain.

As usual I won’t trouble you with explanations of the rare words: they are all there in Chambers.

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Azed 2214 – Jigsaw

Posted by Andrew on 16th November 2014

Andrew.

Azed gives us a jigsaw about every two years, and by the luck of the draw I also blogged the last one. As I said then, my first step with these is to group the clues by the length of the answer (to help with grid-filling), and then there’s nothing for it but to do as much cold-solving as you can: the fact that the answers are in alphabetical order is some help with this.

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AZED 2,213

Posted by PeeDee on 9th November 2014

PeeDee.

I found this quite tricky, especially on the left-hand side of the grid.  I spent a lot of time trawling Chambers to make progress there.

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AZED 2,212

Posted by bridgesong on 2nd November 2014

bridgesong.

This week’s plain puzzle contained several clues that would not be out of place in a daily cryptic.

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Azed 2211

Posted by duncanshiell on 26th October 2014

duncanshiell.

As ever, a well constructed puzzle from Azed.

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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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