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Posted by Simon Harris on 19th October 2014

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A much tougher puzzle this week, I thought.

I found the right hand side particularly hard going, not least because I’d overconfidently entered THINGUMMYJIG at 1 across, making the long ones at 7 and 8 down impossible. Once that was spotted things finally fell into place, although I still can’t explain 7 down.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 19th October 2014

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It appears I’ve been caught out by the very passing of time, and that this Beelzebub is from two weeks ago, so apologies for that. I’ll try to get up to date in due course.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 5th October 2014

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A bit of a rollercoaster for me this week. When 1 across dropped in straight away, I thought this was going to be an easy ride. An hour later the second answer fell into place.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 29th September 2014

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I seem to have managed to complete this with barely a scribble or a note on the paper, so I assume it must have been fairly smooth going.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 21st September 2014

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About average difficulty this week, I’d say, with some very interesting bits and bobs of language in there.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 14th September 2014

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All very smooth and pleasing this week. I didn’t get an uninterrupted session to work on this, but instead steadily picked away during the week, which actually worked quite well.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 7th September 2014

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A very tough week, I thought. Plenty of nice long entries to work through though, which was pleasing.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 31st August 2014

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All very smooth this week, though not unchallenging. There are some particularly nice surface readings, while if someone could confirm 23 down, I’d be grateful.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 25th August 2014

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This all seemed fairly straightforward for the most part, with Chambers just required to wrap up a few loose ends. The bit where I am stumped is 25 down.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 17th August 2014

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Quite a challenge this week, I thought. I made steady progress through the week, but eventually had to resort to all kinds of cheating to finish, particularly for some of the longer, rarer words.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 10th August 2014

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Definitely at the easier end of the Beelzebub spectrum. I fairly raced through this, and it might have been an unaided, single-sitting finish had I not had to check a couple in Chambers.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 3rd August 2014

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A tough week for me, though I made life difficult for myself by inventing a word for 1 across and writing it in without thinking to even check. Well, all the letters of the anagram were in there.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 27th July 2014

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An interesting grid this week, with quite a few short entries and 90° rotational symmetry.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 20th July 2014

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This seemed a very tough week, and it has taken me until today to get things finished off.

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Posted by Simon Harris on 13th July 2014

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Another week whereby about two thirds went in unaided, and then the rest put up quite the struggle. I believe I have at least managed to parse everything this week.

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