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Genius 135 / Crucible

Posted by duncanshiell on 5th October 2014

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The preamble told us that all solutions are thematic, wholly or in part.  All clues contain normal definitions but, with 18 of them, the wordplay ignores the thematic element.

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Guardian Genius 134 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on 31st August 2014

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A Genius puzzle by Enigmatist – words to strike fear in a blogger’s heart. Fortunately this turned out to be one of his slightly more merciful offerings, though in traditional style it started out with a mistake in the special instructions – the number of clues that did not indicate one or two letters in the answer was wrongly given.. The “four characters” produced from these are the Three Musketeers ATHOS, PORTHOS and ARAMIS, plus D’ARTAGNAN, and their creator [Alexandre] DUMAS, and they appear in a symmetrical shape in the grid (highighted in the diagram below). The eight unaffected clues are 1, 26 and 30 across, and 2, 6, 18, 24 and 27 down. The added letters are shown like this in the answers below; as usual definitions in the clues are underlined.

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Guardian Genius No 133 / Vlad

Posted by bridgesong on 3rd August 2014

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A tough but satisfying challenge this month from a setter whose name is new to me.

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Guardian Genius 132 / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on 6th July 2014

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I can usually finish a Genius puzzle in about an hour, 90 minutes at the outside, but this one took nearly a whole morning before the grid was filled, and I had to return to it later to sort out the parsing of three clues, so it must have been at the harder end of the spectrum, at least for me.

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Guardian Genius 131 / Picaroon

Posted by mhl on 1st June 2014

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We haven’t done the Genius crossword for a while, but this was a very enjoyable one. We found it hard going for the first week or so, but eventually figured out that what the sentence must be from the extra words, then getting 12 across, and so being able to start putting words into the grid. Anyway, I thought the cluing here was very high quality, and it was a satisfying solve.

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Guardian Genius 130 by Qaos

Posted by mc_rapper67 on 4th May 2014

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The preamble to Genius 130 states: “Before being entered in the grid, six solutions must undergo 24 down 9, while another six must undergo 26 15. In the process only valid words may be created.”

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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

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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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