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AZED 2,185

Posted by John on 27th April 2014

John.

The usual Azed, where the wordplay is so precise that you can often be pretty sure of the answers without knowing the words. I solved most of this when away for the weekend and came home with many unknown words written by the clues but not yet in the grid, ready for me to look them up in Chambers.

I thought that 19dn was very good, but my godson had a point when he opined that the ‘e.g.’ takes away from the surface reading. However, Azed (but not all setters, including some in The Times) clearly abhors a definition by example. And rightly so in my opinion.

Definitions in italics.

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Azed 2,184

Posted by Andrew on 20th April 2014

Andrew.

Owing to a very busy week I’ve hardly had time to solve this puzzle – which I think was of above average difficulty, thanks to a high proportion of unfamiliar words – let alone write a blog on it, so apologies for this rather minimalist effort, and also for any errors. And of course thanks to Azed for yet another high-quality piece of work.

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AZED No. 2,183 ‘Eightsome Reels’ COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on 13th April 2014

The Trafites.

Nick:  A nice puzzle from Azed this week, although many of us had a bit of a 16 (the competition word) to get it.

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Azed No 2182

Posted by bridgesong on 6th April 2014

bridgesong.

The usual eclectic mix from Azed.

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Azed 2181

Posted by duncanshiell on 30th March 2014

duncanshiell.

A standard Azed this week with its usual mix of everyday and obscure words, all delivered from precise cluing.

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Azed 2180

Posted by ilancaron on 23rd March 2014

ilancaron.

On the easier end of the Azed scale – but nonetheless required dipping into the BRB.  Attached is the raw grid I scribbled on just for fun.

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AZED 2,179

Posted by John on 16th March 2014

John.

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.

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Azed 2178

Posted by Andrew on 9th March 2014

Andrew.

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.

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AZED No. 2,177 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 2nd March 2014

The Trafites.

Nick;  Fairly difficult Azed this week.

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AZED 2,176

Posted by bridgesong on 23rd February 2014

bridgesong.

Another plain puzzle from Azed, with the usual combination of obscure and familiar words.

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Azed 2175

Posted by duncanshiell on 16th February 2014

duncanshiell.

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.

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Azed 2174/Setter’s devilry

Posted by ilancaron on 9th February 2014

ilancaron.

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.”

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AZED 2,173

Posted by John on 2nd February 2014

John.

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.

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Azed 2172

Posted by Andrew on 26th January 2014

Andrew.

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.

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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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