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AZED No. 2,171 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 19th January 2014

The Trafites.

Nick:  Some unusually unusual words this week from Azed,

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Azed 2170

Posted by bridgesong on 12th January 2014

bridgesong.

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 »

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Azed 2169

Posted by duncanshiell on 5th January 2014

duncanshiell.

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.

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Azed 2168/CCCP

Posted by ilancaron on 5th January 2014

ilancaron.

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.

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Azed 2167

Posted by John on 22nd December 2013

John.

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.

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Azed 2166

Posted by Andrew on 15th December 2013

Andrew.

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.

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AZED No. 2,165 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 8th December 2013

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Nick:  Fairly straight forward Azed this week.

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AZED 2,164 Playfair

Posted by bridgesong on 1st December 2013

bridgesong.

I admit to a slight feeling of trepidation when I opened my Observer last Sunday and noticed that it was a Playfair puzzle, knowing that it was my turn to blog.  It’s almost two years  since the last such puzzle, so far as I can tell (Christmas 2011, where it formed one of the complications in a complex puzzle) but I see that I had the good fortune to blog the last such normal puzzle (if you see what I mean) in February 2010.  I make no apology for repeating here the explanation which I gave then for those who may be unfamiliar with this particular device.

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Azed 2163

Posted by duncanshiell on 24th November 2013

duncanshiell.

Azed, as usual, has given us a master class in precise cluing., where it is always clear when  you have derived the right answer from the wordplay.

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Azed 2162

Posted by ilancaron on 17th November 2013

ilancaron.

Not sure how hard this actually was since I solved it over several days in between various meetings.   Found TBRB quite useful — understatement of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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AZED 2,161

Posted by John on 10th November 2013

John.

The usual very pleasant workout from Azed. I always find that I make steady progress and then reach an impasse, when I simply can’t parse one or two of the clues. But they always fall eventually. At least I hope they have done this time, because I don’t want to be disqualified from the clue-setting competition. 10dn is probably a very rare word and I was all set to shrug my shoulders and put in ELLIS on a wing and a prayer, but fortunately decided to trawl Chambers before doing so.

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Azed 2160

Posted by Andrew on 3rd November 2013

Andrew.

I found this mostly pretty easy, finishing it (so I thought) without aids in about half an hour, greatly helped by getting the long answers at 1a and 1d early on. Writing up the blog took somewhat longer, especially as I had guessed wrong answers at 4d and 24d, and spent a long time unsuccessfully trying to justify them. Fortunately I saw the error of my ways and managed to sort them out eventually, but I wonder if either or both was intended as a trap for unwary or careless solvers.

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AZED No. 2,159 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 27th October 2013

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Nick:  Very tough cluing this week from Azed.

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AZED No 2,158

Posted by bridgesong on 20th October 2013

bridgesong.

In this puzzle, which features a 13 by 11 grid, Azed gives us 3 long answers both across and down.  The puzzle also includes a larger than usual number of 4 letter words, which can often be more troublesome than the longer answers.  Some readers of the Observer had this puzzle last week by mistake, instead of the competition Carte Blanche. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2157

Posted by duncanshiell on 20th October 2013

duncanshiell.

17:30 21 October – corrupted data in the file has been removed – the blog now reads correctly.

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