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Azed 2125

Posted by John on 3rd March 2013

John.

As always a thoroughly satisfactory crossword from Azed. Quite apart from the quality of the clues, I am always impressed with his grids. More often than not, it seems, he has answers straddling the complete grid, sometimes several, and he seldom has many short words, although in this one he has the most un-Azed-like  total of six with four letters or fewer. How he achieves this is a constant source of amazement to me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2124

Posted by Andrew on 24th February 2013

Andrew.

Having scarcely finished the previous week’s difficult Misprints puzzle before starting on this one I was expecting (hoping for?) a bit of a respite,. and so it proved, with a puzzle that was back to the easier end of the spectrum, starting off with an easy clue for the 12-letter 1 across, which gave a lot of help for the first few downs.

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AZED No. 2,123 ‘Misprints’

Posted by The Trafites on 17th February 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  A very tough ‘Misprints’ puzzle, I thought – it took me about 7 hours of solving.

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Azed No 2122

Posted by bridgesong on 10th February 2013

bridgesong.

Another relatively easy puzzle by Azed standards, I thought, although it took me some time to parse all the answers. Two Hebrew terms (both in Chambers) and two French (also in Chambers) along with words of Russian (drosky) and Irish (scraw) origin demonstrate how English borrows from other languages.

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Azed 2121

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd February 2013

duncanshiell.

This was a a fairly standard plain Azed puzzle with his usual high quality cluing.

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Azed 2120/more than one slut

Posted by ilancaron on 27th January 2013

ilancaron.

Harder than usual even for an Azed.  I had to check the BRB for well over half of the answers.  OK I’m lying.  Closer to 80%.  A couple of unsolved wordplays await within.

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Azed 2119

Posted by John on 20th January 2013

John.

The usual excellent crossword from Azed and as usual I won’t give detailed descriptions of all the very unusual words, in the knowledge that anyone interested enough in this crossword to look here will have a copy of Chambers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2118

Posted by Andrew on 13th January 2013

Andrew.

Another moderately easy Azed to start the new year, where I was helped by getting the long answer at 1d. Unusually I have a couple of nitpicks (15a and 21d) but apart from that it’s the usual high-quality stuff.

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AZED No. 2,117 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on 6th January 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly tough today, 8/10.

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Azed No 2116 Christmas Devilry

Posted by bridgesong on 6th January 2013

bridgesong.

This year Azed’s Christmas puzzle combined an old favourite (although not of all solvers), Printer’s Devilry,  for the across clues, with something entirely new for the down clues. These were normal clues made more complex by the addition of a jumble of consecutive letters referring to the equivalent across clue (in sequential order). I can only wonder at the effort this must have involved. The effect, strangely, was perhaps to make the puzzle rather easier to solve than had all the clues been PD.

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Azed 2115

Posted by duncanshiell on 23rd December 2012

duncanshiell.

Another very sound set of clues from Azed, making full use of the more obscure meanings of words.  You always know where you stand with Azed.  If you feel unhappy with the parsing then you probably haven’t got it right.  There were a couple of clues here that took me more than one attempt to parse to my own satisfaction.  As I result I found even more meanings of everyday words.

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Azed 2114/regression

Posted by ilancaron on 15th December 2012

ilancaron.

I solved this early in the week… but forgot to write up my notes until early this morning.  So I’m regressing to the mean: after a reasonably long spell of decoding all of Azed’s wordplays, a couple escape me this week.

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Azed 2113

Posted by John on 9th December 2012

John.

Again a lovely sound crossword from Azed. I won’t waste time by copying out Chambers but as usual will confine myself to trying to explain how the clues work, something that wasn’t always clear at first. But that always happens with Azed’s crosswords. Sooner or later you manage and I think I’ve more or less understood them all now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azed 2112

Posted by Andrew on 2nd December 2012

Andrew.

The first thing that struck me about this puzzle was the unusually open grid, with wide open unbarred spaces, especially in the NE and SW corners. The two 13-letter across answers have only two unchecked letters each, instead of the more usual four. Just as remarkably, Azed has managed to fit in a generous helping of familiar (or a least reasonable-looking) words. Perhaps as a result of these two features, I found the puzzle very much at the easy end of the spectrum, almost finishing it without aids in about 40 minutes, and then needing just a little dictionary-hunting to finish off a few stragglers. The grid may be unusual, but the clueing is as sound and imganitive as ever.

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AZED No. 2,111 ‘Letters Latent’

Posted by The Trafites on 25th November 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  A fairly difficult Azed this week being a Letters Latent puzzle.

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