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Azed No 2140

Posted by bridgesong on 16th June 2013

bridgesong.

A reasonably straightforward Azed this week, if perhaps a little harder than average.  I have a couple of queries which will no doubt be resolved swiftly by the usual suspects. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2139 / 2nd June

Posted by duncanshiell on 9th June 2013

duncanshiell.

This was a standard plain crossword from Azed with the usual mix of precise cluing and unfamiliar words.

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Azed 2138/Small Canyon?

Posted by ilancaron on 2nd June 2013

ilancaron.

I’ve solved harder Azeds.  Rather disappointed that there’s a wordplay I still can’t parse.  And I’m struggling to understand why Azed thinks the Grand Canyon is small? I’m sure someone will clarify though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2137/’Spot the Theme’

Posted by John on 25th May 2013

John.

Usually when I blog an Azed puzzle everything is straightforward enough — do the puzzle, do the blog by Monday evening and schedule it for appearance the following Sunday. This one was different: the actual solving of the clues went as usual, and by the end of it I’d solved them all but still couldn’t see any connection between what appeared to be the unclued entries, and the answer at 7dn was not coming. I feared that either I’d have to say to everyone ‘sorry, you may have been bewildered by this puzzle and have come to this site in the hope of enlightenment, but I just can’t help: does anyone know what is happening?’, or perhaps I could ask someone at the Sloggers and Betters on Thursday to help me.

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Azed 2136

Posted by Andrew on 19th May 2013

Andrew.

I got going pretty quickly with this one, and thought it might be a bit of a walkover, but the last few clues,especially in the SE corner, slowed me to a crawl. It almost goes without saying that the clueing is of the usual high Azedian standard, but I had a couple of niggles/queries that others may be able to put me right on.

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AZED No. 2,135 Plain COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on 12th May 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  This was perhaps the toughest ‘plain’ puzzle from Azed (other than the ‘specials’) that I have attempted – a definite 10/10 on the hardness scale.

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Azed No 2134

Posted by bridgesong on 5th May 2013

bridgesong.

The usual mix of obscure words and Ximenean clues, although I have a couple of minor queries which I’m sure others can resolve. A crossword notable for three different ways of cluing the letter “H” as well as for using AZ without a self-reference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2133

Posted by duncanshiell on 28th April 2013

duncanshiell.

This was a standard plain crossword from Azed with the usual mix of precise cluing and unfamilair words.

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Azed 2132/mising

Posted by ilancaron on 21st April 2013

ilancaron.

A single unresolved wordplay and what appears to be a mistake by our friend Azed.  Difficulty about mid-range for Azed — not terribly easy but nonetheless solvable by mere mortals such as myself. See notes below for ALGEBRAic explanation — thanks to Andrew.

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Azed 2131 — ‘Right & Left’

Posted by John on 14th April 2013

John.

A nice crossword of the type that Azed often sets. The preamble states “Apart from 1 Across, which is normal, each clue is really two clues, side by side but not overlapping, the answers to which are to be entered in the two similarly numbered squares in the diagram, either side of the central vertical bold line. Either word may be clued first, and the division is not necessarily marked by punctuation….

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Azed 2130

Posted by Andrew on 7th April 2013

Andrew.

Another low- to medium-strength Azed, which didn’t keep me from my Easter eggs for too long, but provided good entertainment on the way. There seems to have been a rare lapse from strict Ximenean principles in 5d.

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AZED No. 2,129 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 30th March 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly straight forward puzzle this week.

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Azed No 2128

Posted by bridgesong on 24th March 2013

bridgesong.

A reasonably straightforward plain puzzle this week, but I do have a couple of quibbles about the cluing, and one where I may not have understood the wordplay at all, so suggestions are as always very welcome. Some relatively easy clues, especially towards the bottom of the grid.  Thanks to Richard Heald for his corrections. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2127 / Plain

Posted by duncanshiell on 17th March 2013

duncanshiell.

Another 6 weeks has gone by and Azed falls to me to blog again.  It’s always a pleasure to do battle with Azed’s precise clues

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Azed 2126/Sean Penn, you taxi!

Posted by ilancaron on 10th March 2013

ilancaron.

Pretty easy but I used the BRB without compunction and there’s a wordplay or two as “exercises for the reader”.  And a little Daily Telegraphism at the top: Dangerous Dan.

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