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AZED 2,155

Posted by John on 28th September 2013

John.

As always.  It speaks for itself.

I know it isn’t Sunday yet, but there is only just over an hour to go, so there shouldn’t be a problem. There won’t be any mail collection now.

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Azed 2154

Posted by Andrew on 22nd September 2013

Andrew.

Definitely one from the hard end of the Azed scale. Starting this last Sunday morning, I failed to solve more than a smattering of clues, so I put it aside and didn’t get back to it till Saturday. I hoped that the muses would be kinder to me then, but it was hard work to finish it off. I think this was a least partly due to an unusually high proportion of unfamiliar words (or, as in 24a for example, a familiar word given an obscure definition).

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AZED No. 2,153 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 14th September 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  Typical Azed this week,

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AZED Puzzle 2,152

Posted by PeeDee on 8th September 2013

PeeDee.

My first blog of an AZED as bridgesong is away at the moment.  I guess it must be at the easier end of the AZED spectrum as I completed the puzzle in a single visit, which is unusual for me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2151 Printer’s Pie

Posted by duncanshiell on 1st September 2013

duncanshiell.

This is the first non-standard Azed puzzle that I have blogged for some time.  I found it a pleasant change from the normal fare.

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Azed 2150/standard fare

Posted by ilancaron on 25th August 2013

ilancaron.

Sitting on the dock by the bay as we speak.  But in Seattle waiting for a flight to the San Juans.  Where I will have no internet access.  Fairly easy standard fare from the master.  No quibbles.  Fortunately had my iPad Chambers app handy.  Without which I’d be rather at sea

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Azed 2149

Posted by John on 18th August 2013

John.

I’ve bitten the bullet and have provided the clues. It had always seemed to me to be unnecessary since anyone who has done the crossword must know what the clues are, but everyone seems to be doing it nowadays and possibly it looks a bit silly if I don’t do so as well.

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Azed 2148

Posted by Andrew on 11th August 2013

Andrew.

Another high-quality set of clues in a Plain Azed – overall about middling in difficulty, I think, with nothing particularly devious this time, though I’m not entirely convinced by my explanation of 26d.

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AZED No. 2,147 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 4th August 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly easy Azed this week,

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Azed No 2146

Posted by bridgesong on 28th July 2013

bridgesong.

Some considerable subtlety on display this week, some of which may have eluded me. There are of course all the usual Azed features of obscure words, and ingenious clues, this week displayed in a 13 by 11 grid. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2145

Posted by duncanshiell on 21st July 2013

duncanshiell.

A plain Azed puzzle today, with no tricks or clue adjustments.

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Azed 2144/nude guess

Posted by ilancaron on 14th July 2013

ilancaron.

Goodness! For me quite a struggle.  I had to invoke an email friend (thanks Frank Yellin!) to resolve some spoonerisms towards the end.  Since there are two types of clues, I found myself getting confused frequently and having to refer back to the preamble or to a couple of solved examples.  Not to mention the fact that I had misread the instructions and thought that one-half had a spoonerism in the definition and the other in the wordplay.

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Azed 2143

Posted by John on 7th July 2013

John.

As one always gets with Azed, a thoroughly sound solving experience and one or two that baffle for ages. If this had been a competition crossword I wouldn’t have dared to submit 29dn since I couldn’t explain it, and in my experience one must always be able to explain everything in an Azed crossword, for otherwise he trips you up. However, I saw it eventually so it wouldn’t have been a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2142

Posted by Andrew on 30th June 2013

Andrew.

I quite often manage to complete a large proportion the easier Azeds without any aids, but this is the first (at least for a while) where I was able to write in all the answers at one sitting without looking anything up. Of course, quite a lot of educated guesswork is needed, but after 40-plus years of doing these things you get a knack for recognising the possibilities for the more obscure words. Although filling in the grid was easy this time, writing up the blog took a bit longer, with the usual delving through Chambers, sometimes finding that words didn’t quite mean what I thought while I was solving. And pride comes before a fall – I can’t explain 30a.

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AZED No. 2,141 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 23rd June 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  Straight Azed this week with no real difficulty – 6/10.

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