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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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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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