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Guardian Genius 129 / Puck

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th April 2014

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The preamble told us that eleven clues lead to the second part of a thematically related solution, not further defined.  However, the letter counts with these clues refer to the first part of each of these solutions, which is to be entered in the grid.

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Guardian Genius 128 – Boatman

Posted by Andrew on 2nd March 2014

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I had heard in advance that Boatman was to be the setter of this Genius, so I was a little apprehensive about it, as I often find even his regular puzzles quite hard. Things weren’t helped by it being published without the special instructions for a few days (once again the fact the Genius puzzles usually have such instructions seems to have taken the Guardian by surprise). However, even without them I managed to solve quite a few clues, and it became obvious that RINGs of various kinds were being added to answers and subtracted from clues, as suggested by 9a: RINGS THE CHANGES (and maybe also 24a: CIRCUIT TRAINING).

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Guardian Genius 127 / Tramp

Posted by bridgesong on 2nd February 2014

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The twist in this puzzle was that each clue contained a superfluous word.  The initial letters of these words spell out the opening line of a work, which proved to be a song by Sting, “Englishman in New York”.   The line is “I don’t drink coffee, I take tea, my dear”.  The song is a reference to the celebrated and eccentric gay icon Quentin Crisp who moved to New York in the late 1980s.  There was subsequently a film about Crisp with an almost identical title.  Given all this, I was puzzled why Tramp then wanted us to change 11 across (CRISP) to NEEDY.

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Guardian Genius 126 / Crucible

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th January 2014

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Given the “Special instructions: 16 is displayed in all other solutions. All clues lack definitions.” my first step was to look at 16ac but I could not parse the clue other than to think of a synonym for ‘perfume’. It was therefore time to look at the remaining clues.

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Guardian Genius 125 / Paul

Posted by mhl on 1st December 2013

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Quite typically, I forgot I was meant to be blogging the Genius puzzle this month, so we solved it in a rush this morning in order to get this post done. This was a pleasure nonetheless, with the thematic device of changing one letter in a known phrase to produce an unusual phrase producing several laugh-out-loud moments. We thought this was on the easy side for a Genius crossword, but that was not unappreciated in the circumstances :) We don’t understand 8 across, but I’m sure someone else can explain!

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Guardian Genius 124 by Picaroon

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 3rd November 2013

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The preamble, or ‘Special Instructions’, as the Genius calls them, tell us to resolve one clash in each across solution, working out which of the clashing pair ‘best fits’ the grid. These corrected letters will then spell out part of a book title. But that’s not all: the middle row must then be changed, in a manner suggested by the book. All entries in the final grid are real words. So, plenty to chew on there…and best start with a pencil (I always solve on a printed copy – can’t be doing with online solving - although I am a great fan of online submission of entries!…)

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Guardian Genius 123 – Puck

Posted by duncanshiell on 6th October 2013

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This Genius puzzle by Puck had a fairly short preamble, as follows:

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Guardian Genius 122 – Tramp

Posted by Andrew on 1st September 2013

Andrew.

As is often the case in Genius puzzles, the special instructions were a little mysterious at first:

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Guardian Genius No 121 by Crucible

Posted by bridgesong on 4th August 2013

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This puzzle by Crucible used a device also to be found in the previous puzzle in this series by this setter, No 113 in November last year.  A number of clues (19 in this puzzle, compared to 17 in the previous one) lacked a definition; the wordplay led to one of a “well-known pairing” and the grid entry had to be the other one of the pairing.  Just as in the previous puzzle, one of the pairings (23 across) was in fact an identical word, but this was not made clear in the preamble.  For the purposes of the blog, I have shown the word to which the wordplay led in brackets.

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Guardian Genius 120 / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on 30th June 2013

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The special instructions were: *28 across and 12 down are unclued. Five solutions are 28 12 down, not further defined in their clues and 28 12 downs, say, have featured three other solutions, also not further defined.

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Guardian Genius 119 / Picaroon

Posted by mhl on 3rd June 2013

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Annoyingly, I forgot that we were meant to be blogging this crossword until a reminder from Gaufrid today, so we were too late to actually enter the solution. However, it was fun to rush through for the sake of the post! It’s a very cleverly constructed puzzle from Picaroon, with high quality clues throughout.

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Guardian Genius 118 by Araucaria

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 5th May 2013

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Guardian. Genius. Araucaria. What more to say?!…

 

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Guardian Genius 117 / Brummie

Posted by duncanshiell on 1st April 2013

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The Genius lulls you into a false sense of security.  You know you have a month to complete it so you keep putting off starting it. Then when you do you start, you realise it  is quite hard  and you ask yourself ‘why didn’t I start it earlier’?

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Guardian Genius 116 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on 3rd March 2013

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After a worryingly poor showing in my first session on this one, things went much better in the second and I managed to work my way bit by bit though it, with the various extra hurdles adding both to the difficulty and to the enjoyment and satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Genius No 115 by Puck

Posted by bridgesong on 3rd February 2013

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The preamble read as follows:

Ten solutions can also be 30, initially. Any secondary definition or wordplay in their clues leads to the solution as it might appear if it were, indeed, 30 of any 26 12 before 22 down 22 across. With one of these cases, where proverbially the solution cannot be 30, a palatable alternative (carrying the smallest possible 26 14) is required.

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