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AZED No. 2,165 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 8th December 2013

The Trafites.

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

The Trafites.

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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Azed 2157 – Closing Date

Posted by Admin on 13th October 2013

Admin.

Due to an error in some editions of the Observer last week, the closing date for entries for this puzzle has been extended by a week. As a result, the relevant blog will now appear next Sunday (20/10/13).

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Azed 2156

Posted by ilancaron on 6th October 2013

ilancaron.

I found this somewhat harder than usual fare.  Maybe I was distracted but it took more than a couple of hours to crack.

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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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