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Guardian Genius 74 / Paul

Posted by Andrew on 6th September 2009

Andrew.

A tough challenge from Paul that took me several sessions to complete, though looking back at it now there’s not much that seems particularly obscure or difficult. The crucial 8dn was actually one of the last clues I solved, but I worked out the gimmick – that alternate rows of across answers are entered from right to left – from finding that the answers were the right length for the spaces, but didn’t match the crossing letters.

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Guardian Genius 73: Pasquale — Off with her head

Posted by jetdoc on 2nd August 2009

jetdoc.

A Genius of average difficulty from Pasquale. Once I had spotted how it worked, I solved it without problems. Having mislaid my solved copy, I had to do it again, and got through it pretty rapidly second time around.

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Guardian Genius No. 72 / Araucaria

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th July 2009

Gaufrid.

This was, I think, the hardest Genius puzzle since the Guardian site became freely available. I only managed to solve just over a third of the clues in the first session and then got a few more each day during the next couple of days or so when revisiting the puzzle. Being able to make a start on grid entry would have been greatly helped by solving 5d but I did not get this one until much later.

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Guardian Genius 71 by Enigmatist

Posted by duncanshiell on 31st May 2009

duncanshiell.

This was a entertaining, but aggressive crossword that took longer than it should have because I had  the wrong answer at 18d (KEG) for a while.  I thought to begin with that 18d was TUN (a large cask, sounds like [say] a ton weight), so I was wondering about the meaning of the middle letters of ACCRINGTON STANLEY for some time.  Eventually the penny dropped and the words PEN, POCKET, STANLEY and BREAD made some sense, following on from the one unadjusted across answer at 16a GET THE KNIVES OUT.  All types of knives had to be removed from the other across answers to make them fit the grid. I think that all the various knives were well known.

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Guardian Genius No 70 by Brummie (April 2009)

Posted by tilsit on 8th May 2009

tilsit.

Apologies for being late with this.

A really enjoyable challenge from Brummie formed the April Genius puzzle and one which required wits to be kept about one at all times.

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Guardian Genius 69 / Lavatch

Posted by mhl on 6th April 2009

mhl.

I found this to be the toughest Genius in a while, but very satisfying to solve. In each of the clues which must be changed, I have listed the clued answer first and then the version which should be entered into the grid. The changed letters spell out THE METAMOROPHOSIS and the letters across the middle line spell out GREGOR, so the question was whether to change that to BEETLE or INSECT. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has “insect” in its translation of the first line.

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Guardian Genius No.68 / Paul

Posted by Gaufrid on 4th March 2009

Gaufrid.

I am standing in at the last moment so it is now over a month since I completed this puzzle and therefore I don’t remember too much about the detail, though writing the blog has brought back some pleasant memories. What I do recall though is that, as usual, it was an enjoyable puzzle from Paul.

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Guardian Genius 67 / Shed

Posted by mhl on 2nd February 2009

mhl.

The hidden theme of this excellent crossword is “Composers”: most uses of the letter C in the clues should be read as “composer” for the clue to make sense. This perhaps wasn’t as tricky as the last couple of Genius puzzles, but a good challenge nonetheless. (To give credit where it’s due, solving this was a joint effort between me and my partner.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Genius 66: Animals, by Araucaria

Posted by jetdoc on 5th January 2009

jetdoc.

I found this puzzle fun to do, once I got the hang of how it worked. In each across clue, the definition gives a word containing either ASS, PIG, EWE or CAT; the subsidiary part gives a non-word (in most cases) with a different one of the animals; before writing it in the grid, you need to change the animal yet again.

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Guardian Genius 65 by Enigmatist

Posted by duncanshiell on 1st December 2008

duncanshiell.

Another BOB DYLAN crossword, overlapping a recent Listener, although I am not sure why the focus was on Dylan in November. It’s not his birthday nor any other particular anniversary that I can detect.

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Guardian Genius 64/Locum – The A-Team

Posted by Andrew on 3rd November 2008

Andrew.

After two very tough offerings from Paul and Brummie, this required very little genius in either solving the clues or fitting the answers into the grid. An enjoyable enough puzzle, and a clever feat of construction, but rather a disappointment from a solver’s point of view. I very quickly solved all but a few of the clues, and found there was only one possible way to fit the 11-letter answers into the grid. After that filling in the rest and solving the remaining clues was a formality. Hugh Stephenson’s newsletter bemoans the fact that there were very few entries for September’s Genius, despite it being the first under the free service: I suspect there may be quite a lot more for this one.

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Guardian Genius no.63, Brummie: The final curtain

Posted by michod on 6th October 2008

michod.

As a newcomer to the Genius since the site went free, I found this OK but a little – not hard to get going with, but tough to finish because the entry method for the thematic clues, though good, left you with the kind of ambiguities a definiton-only puzzle would (I love cryptics, they;re so much easier!) . The final curtain, as it were, was little underwhelming, and I felt that the whole synonym idea could have been deployed to better purpose. The eight thematic clues are asterisked, two theme words in bold.

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Guardian Genius No 62: a problem in dialectics

Posted by bridgesong on 1st September 2008

bridgesong.

Although I’ve been a subscriber to the Guardian crossword website for some years now, this
is the first time that I’ve attempted a Genius crossword.  Having managed to complete this
one without too much difficulty (with one exception) I’m kicking myself for not having done
them previously.  Solving time was about a day (not spent exclusively on it).

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Guardian Genius 61: That’s One… Word, by Paul

Posted by jetdoc on 3rd August 2008

jetdoc.

A challenging solve, especially for those unfamiliar with Paul’s somewhat libertarian approach; but plenty of fun, and I got through it pretty quickly once I’d solved about four.

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Guardian Genius 57: Arachne — home economics

Posted by jetdoc on 3rd April 2008

jetdoc.

There were three kinds of clue here:
13 were ‘beset by inflation’ — they each included an extra letter.
13 were ‘beset by recession’ — a character string (not necessarily a whole word) within the clue needed to be reversed before solving.
The rest were normal, but their solutions had to ‘suffer property repossessions’ before being entered in the grid. This meant that a word for a property had to be removed. Nice idea, though I think some were a touch sub-prime execution-wise, when what was omitted was half of a two-word phrase (although, to be fair, at least all entries were proper words).

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