Posted by ilancaron on 23rd March 2014
Archive for the 'Azed' Category
Posted by John on 16th March 2014
How Azed manages to cope with all these words I simply don’t know. Practically every time there is at least one that I’ve never heard of either in the answer or in the clue, so it is necessary to have Chambers close at hand. It will be interesting to see how I cope next time without it, since I shall be away for the weekend and will attack the crossword on Sunday.
Posted by Andrew on 9th March 2014
A nice easy clue to the long 1 across gave me a good start to this, and I rattled through most of it prety quickly, though with a handful stragglers that needed a bit of Chambers-searching. I’m not entirely sure about my explanation of 34a, but apart from that I think there’s nothing too complicated or obscure.
Posted by The Trafites on 2nd March 2014
Nick; Fairly difficult Azed this week.
Posted by bridgesong on 23rd February 2014
Another plain puzzle from Azed, with the usual combination of obscure and familiar words.
Posted by duncanshiell on 16th February 2014
Having had a Competition Puzzle from Azed last week it was likely that this puzzle would be a standard one. That is how it turned out.
Posted by ilancaron on 9th February 2014
Not my forte. In fact I think this is the first time I’ve tried to solve a PD puzzle (so you really do have to ask yourself, why am I “the official blogger?”). I invoked the rest of our Google Listener solving team (thanks! you know who you are!). My colleague Joseph G had some good advice to bootstrap things: “I suggest ignoring the actual solution word and just look for places the sentence looks forced and just try to fit something in there. You should end up with a real word at the end of the day. Building off existing letters helps. I started with the cruise liner one just because I take walks around the deck, so when I saw the w I tried to fit something starting with ALK in.”
Posted by John on 2nd February 2014
As always, a pleasant wade through a whole lot of words that one has never heard of. If I explained them all this blog would take ages to read and write, so I shall assume that you have a copy of Chambers to hand and can look these words up.
Posted by Andrew on 26th January 2014
This was in the “not too difficult” category of Azed puzzles, at least as far as completing the grid was concerned. As often happens, confirming all the details to complete the blog took rather longer, which I suppose shows what I miss on non-blogging weeks when I fill in answers thinking “it must be that” without checking the intricacies.
Posted by The Trafites on 19th January 2014
Nick: Some unusually unusual words this week from Azed,
Posted by bridgesong on 12th January 2014
With apologies for the delay in posting, and for a couple of answers whose wordplay has eluded me, here is last Sunday’s puzzle. I had forgotten that it was my turn to blog, so had to re-solve and then do the blog. Apologies also for the slightly clunky formatting. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by duncanshiell on 5th January 2014
This was the final Azed puzzle of 2013 and was a standard plain puzzle comprising elegant cluing for a range of well known and obscure words, all of which can be found in Chambers dictionary.
Posted by ilancaron on 5th January 2014
A Christmas Crossword Celebration Party! I think this one is a bit harder than the 1913 instance. Though I have to say that having struggled with Pointer’s Listener, this felt like R&R. Missing across clue Cs in red. Missing down answer Cs in blue.
Posted by John on 22nd December 2013
What we get every time with Azed — sound clues and a lot of wading through Chambers. They are always soluble in the end, although 1dn defeats me. I’m sure if this was a competition crossword and I was prepared to agonise over it for days then it would become clear, but being lazy I prefer to leave it to you, dear reader, to tell me.
Posted by Andrew on 15th December 2013
As Don Manley pointed out in a comment on Nick’s blog last week, Azed’s sound clueing often means that you can often work out what the answer must be from the wordplay, even if the answer itself is not a word you know – though often it turns out to be a variant of, or related to, one that you do. This principle very much applied to my solving of this puzzle, where I managed to complete most of it quite quickly, being just a bit held up in the NW corner, where there’s perhaps more of a concentration of obscurities than elsewhere. As always, explaining the detail of some of the answers tends to bring up some complications that aren’t always obvious at solving time.