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Beelzebub 1303

Posted by Gaufrid on 1st March 2015

Gaufrid.

With only three entries during my first, very quick, pass through the clues I thought I might struggle with this one but subsequent, more careful, perusal paid dividends and the grid was filled at a steady pace, starting in the SE corner and then progressing anticlockwise.

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Beelzebub 1,302

Posted by Simon Harris on 22nd February 2015

Simon Harris.

Quite a challenging week, I thought, though I did make life difficult for myself by absent-mindedly writing in SKIP at 23 across like a chump.

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Beelzebub 1301

Posted by Gaufrid on 15th February 2015

Gaufrid.

This one took me a little longer than usual though progress was always steady apart from a slight hold-up towards the end in the SE corner (though, from what I am led to believe, there are always hold-ups in the SE, particularly on the M25).

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Beelzebub 1,300

Posted by Simon Harris on 8th February 2015

Simon Harris.

Probably somewhere in the middle of the difficulty range this week, I seemed to find. We’ve reached a bit of a landmark, with a nice round puzzle number, but I didn’t spot any celebratory thematic goings-on.

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Beelzebub 1299

Posted by Gaufrid on 1st February 2015

Gaufrid.

This one seemed to be over rather quickly, with many entries going in during my first pass through the clues (there would have been more but some clues seemed to be too easy to be true so I delayed entering the solution until I had some checked letters to confirm that my original parsing had been correct).

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Beelzebub 1,298

Posted by Simon Harris on 25th January 2015

Simon Harris.

This one seemed quite hard at first, but things did fall into place steadily enough. Lots of nice long anagrams to work through, too.

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Beelzebub 1297

Posted by Gaufrid on 18th January 2015

Gaufrid.

I seemed to finish this one a little more quickly than usual, perhaps because 1ac and 1dn were my first entries, and then spent more time than is the norm justifying/verifying some of the obscure wordplay, for example 23ac.

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Beelzebub 1,296

Posted by Simon Harris on 11th January 2015

Simon Harris.

Gosh, quite a tough week for me. Browsing the answers it’s not hard to see why.

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Beelzebub 1295

Posted by Gaufrid on 4th January 2015

Gaufrid.

This one struck me as being something of a mixed bag, some very easy clues along with some very unfamiliar answers.

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Beelzebub 1,294

Posted by Simon Harris on 30th December 2014

Simon Harris.

Followers of Phi’s blog will have known to expect a slightly Christmas-themed Beelzebub this week.

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Beelzebub 1293

Posted by Gaufrid on 21st December 2014

Gaufrid.

It has only been during the last month or so that I have been solving the Beelzebub and I must say that I have been enjoying them. This one was no exception.

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Beelzebub 1,292

Posted by Simon Harris on 14th December 2014

Simon Harris.

I’d hesitate to suggest that Beelzebub was getting easier, but it does seem like the last handful of weeks have been relatively painless. This one went in smoothly in one session, with a modest amount of dictionary checking needed to finish things off.

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Beelzebub 1,291

Posted by Simon Harris on 9th December 2014

Simon Harris.

A slightly hurried post just to get back up to date. As it happens, I’ve made very few notes or scribbles, suggesting this one wasn’t expecially problematic.

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Beelzebub 1,290

Posted by Simon Harris on 6th December 2014

Simon Harris.

This week’s Beelzebub was excellent train company on a trek home from The North.

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Beelzebub 1,289

Posted by Simon Harris on 6th December 2014

Simon Harris.

A classic Beelzebub of about average difficulty, I found, though with some quite tricky parsings, and plenty of nice long anagrams to work through.

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