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Guardian Genius 100 / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on 6th November 2011

Gaufrid.

Had I known that I was going to end up covering this puzzle I would have written the blog immediately after solving it. As it is, a month has gone by and my memory of it has become clouded due to solving a lot of other puzzles (and drinking a lot of whisky) in the meantime.

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Genius 99

Posted by duncanshiell on 2nd October 2011

duncanshiell.

Enigmatist is one of the most prolific crossword setters and has a knack of introducing new ideas and twists into his puzzles.  I think this was probably one of the more offbeat of his creations.

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Guardian Genius 98 – Crucible

Posted by Andrew on 4th September 2011

Andrew.

Well, I must say these Genius puzzles vary a lot in difficulty. After two hard ones from Araucaria and Tramp, I found this one from Crucible hardly more difficult than a standard daily puzzle. It was pretty obvious that the “classed catalogue of words” mentioned in the preamble would be Roget’s Thesaurus, but the reference to “the Dutch version” was a little more puzzling. It turns out that Robert Dutch produced the first “Americanised” version of the Thesaurus. The undefined answers are the six main “classes” of words used in Dutch’s version: Abstract Relations, Affections, Intellect, Matter, Space and Volition, which I remember being intrigued by in the Penguin edition that I owned in the early 1970s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Genius No 97 by Tramp

Posted by bridgesong on 1st August 2011

bridgesong.

It was my privilege to blog Tramp’s first published puzzle (I think) which appeared in this series six months ago (Genius 91).  Since then he has published non-prize cryptics in the Guardian (and possibly elsewhere).  That first puzzle was of a high standard, one which has been more than maintained with this offering.  I say that despite some criticisms of individual clues because I have to admire and applaud the skill with which Tramp has constructed this grid.  The theme is Cluedo (which appears as a nina at the very bottom of the grid) and the victim, Dr Black, appears in the third line.  If that was not enough, the letters removed from each answer (shown in red below) spell out the message: “Colonel Mustard lead piping in the stud…”  The missing letter y “remains unsolved” according to the preamble.  I can only wonder how long it took Tramp to compose the puzzle.

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Guardian Genius 96 / Araucaria – A Masochist’s Delight

Posted by Gaufrid on 3rd July 2011

Gaufrid.

To say that I struggled with this one would be an understatement. I can usually finish a Genius in under an hour but this time it was nearly that long per clue. Perseverance paid off however and on the fourth day I had a completed grid.

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Guardian Genius 95 / Lavatch

Posted by mhl on 6th June 2011

mhl.

A very clever puzzle from Lavatch. Below I’ve set out the clues with the answers they directly lead to, and below that I’ll explain what has to be done to them to get the grid entries. In each, I’ve put in bold the definition part, and crossed out the word that should be ignored.

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Guardian Genius 94, by Puck: In vino veritas

Posted by jetdoc on 2nd May 2011

jetdoc.

Well, I thought I was getting on just fine with this puzzle, but I was completely stuck on two answers, 17a and 21a. None of my resources — dictionaries, word lists, TEA, Google, Wikipedia, friends, husband etc — could shed any light. However, since I didn’t manage to finish the blog until this morning, I have access to the answers on the website; those two seem pretty obscure to me.

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Guardian Genius 93 by Paul

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd April 2011

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Guardian Genius 92 – Brummie

Posted by Andrew on 7th March 2011

Andrew.

(Sorry for the late posting – last minute delays writing this up due to work commitments etc) Maybe it’s just me, but I think the Genius puzzles are getting generally harder. Number 91 was very tricky, and I found this tough going too, needing several sessions to finish; even then it was difficult to identify all the intended missing and added letters in the clues to confirm the unclued phrase at 16dn. I guessed the phrase quite early on, but it wasn’t much help! I’ve shown the clues below: these are show the eleven modified versions (clue numbers asterisked), with added letters like this and letters to be removed like this. The added letters (in clue order) are ND OON ASS F MEA FA ID (the last misprinted as just D in the annotated solution), and those removed MA ADI E SS, leaving NDOONFAF for an anagram of OFF AND ON. Read the rest of this entry »

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Genius 91 by Tramp

Posted by bridgesong on 6th February 2011

bridgesong.

Solving time : about a day and a half. I found this hard, partly because of a grammatical error in the instructions which made them more obscure than was necessary. There were two elements to this puzzle; first the cryptic parts of the clues were swapped round within the four groups. Second, the cryptic parts of the clues did not relate to the initial letters of the solutions. In the event, I found the only way to get started was to guess some of the definitions and try and find confirmation from the cryptic elements of other clues. Once I had successfully done this and noticed that the initial letters were not included in the cryptic elements, the penny finally dropped. I didn’t help myself by wrongly guessing that “motorway junction” in 6 down was a definition of “cloverleaf”.

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Genius 90 / Crucible

Posted by Gaufrid on 3rd January 2011

Gaufrid.

I am a last minute stand-in and it may be difficult for me to remember what I did a month ago, particularly with the festivities in between, so please excuse any errors or omissions.

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Guardian Genius / 89

Posted by mhl on 5th December 2010

mhl.

A very nicely constructed crossword, with a “word chain” (missing alternate links) running through the 6 letter answers. The complete chain (with the missing links emphasized) is: 1d BOTHER / HERBAL / 3d BALTIC / TICKER / 19d KERNEL / NELLIE / 2d LIELOW / LOWOOD / 5a OODLES / LESSER / 22a SERVAL / VALENT / 26a ENTREE / REEFER / 20d FERRET / RETIRE / 24a IRENIC / NICKEL / 21d KELPIE / PIEMAN / 12a MANNER / NERVES / 10a VESTAL / TALBOT / 1d BOTHER … I think this was fairly easy for a Genius but great fun to solve.

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Guardian Genius No. 88 / Pasquale

Posted by Gaufrid on 1st November 2010

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the late appearance of a post for this puzzle. The scheduled blogger forgot that it was her turn and did not solve it so I am standing in at the last moment. Since I cannot remember what I did whilst solving the puzzle a month ago this will just be an analysis of the clues.

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Guardian Genius 87 by Lavatch

Posted by duncanshiell on 3rd October 2010

duncanshiell.

Six months have passed, so it must be my turn to blog a Guardian Genius again.  

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Guardian Genius 86 – Enigmatist: Me, me, me

Posted by Andrew on 6th September 2010

Andrew.

The special instructions were quite clear, but it took a few readings, and a few answers, beofre I fully got the sense of them. Apart from that, this puzzle turned out less daunting than it seemed at first, but still a challenge, and satisfying to finish. The sixteen answers involved in the eight phrases are shown in blue below; the extra letters from the other clues are shown in red, spelling out EGOCENTRIC and SELF-CENTRED. “I AM” is the answer that appears in all eight phrases (in fact it occurs twice in one of them), and “THE” occurs four times, though I can’t find a phrase involving PLAYING and GREAT. I also can’t explain the clue for 11dn, so suggestion welcome (I can’t even cheat by looking at the website, as there is no annotated solution (yet)). The phrases (as far as I can work out) and their sources are:

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