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Cyclops 534: Foxed by a Mole

Posted by jetdoc on 24th November 2014

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I thought I was going to comment what a very easy Cyclops this was, having finished it in around 5 minutes, well within the space of three bus stops… apart from 10a, which completely stumped me for ages. On arrival in the pub, the Enigmatic one got the answer from the definition and letter pattern, but it was left to me to work out the wordplay. So those of you who got it straight away can retrospectively mock my hubris and feel smug.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 533 Ukip Calypso

Posted by beermagnet on 10th November 2014

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Took a while to get going on this puzzle. I didn’t solve any till getting IDYLL at 26 from the obvious definition.  Successful solving needed crossing letters to aid the brain cells.  Once a few were in place the answers crept across the grid from the bottom until all that was left was in the top right.

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Cyclops 532: Dangerous liaisons

Posted by jetdoc on 27th October 2014

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I am writing this blog while feeling a touch 4d after Friday evening and Saturday spent having fun with other Sloggers & Betters in York. It was great to see so many people and to meet a few new faces, and a fine time was had by all.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 531 Unshaven Oddment

Posted by beermagnet on 13th October 2014

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I had the impression this was Cyclops coasting along.
Yes, there were a couple of references to a recent political event – the Scottish Referendum – but nothing that could be classed as biting satire …

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Cyclops 530: Don’t panic!

Posted by jetdoc on 29th September 2014

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Some nice clues from Cyclops this week, with the usual scattering of scurrilous and misleading surface reading. I completed it in the course a a not-very-long bus journey, which indicates that it wasn’t especially difficult, but it was challenging enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye / Cyclops 529 Stuffed octopus

Posted by beermagnet on 15th September 2014

beermagnet.

One of those solves where half the grid was filled on the first pass, and for a change there wasn’t anything hugely troubling at the end. The last couple took a bit of thought but not an overly long time.  So I rate this on the easy end of the Eye crossword difficulty scale.

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Cyclops 528: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts…

Posted by jetdoc on 1st September 2014

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… or anyone else, come to that.

Better late than never, I hope. As I said earlier, after the disruption and upheaval of the past few months, we’re now getting settled into our new home in York, so maybe I can get back to something more like a routine. Looking forward to seeing some of you in York in October, by the way.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 527 Pub Crawl Purge

Posted by beermagnet on 18th August 2014

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This crossword must be on the easy side of average for an Eye crossword because I completed it at one sitting with only 8 left to go after the “all clues read” first pass. The last few took a bit more effort and I had to look up the artist to be sure.

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Cyclops 526: An isolated incident

Posted by jetdoc on 4th August 2014

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I finally got round to solving this on the train from York to Cornwall, having moved last week to live in York. People in the seats behind us were solving a quick crossword together, reading the clues aloud. I was strongly tempted to start reading the clues to this one, such as 25a, to John. I am now writing this on my laptop, in a hotel bar overlooking the sea.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 525 – Fat Farm Survivor

Posted by beermagnet on 21st July 2014

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Enjoyable stuff from Mr C this time.

Over half answered on the first pass meant that there were enough crossing letters to facilitate solving those pesky final few tricky clues.  Indeed there were some novel clue methods – there’s something odd about that OATS homophone which I probably haven’t explained correctly.

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Cyclops 524: Making plans for Nigel

Posted by jetdoc on 7th July 2014

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It feels a bit as if Cyclops was when he compiled this — the divine Mr Farage and his ‘party’ make three appearances.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 523 Poor Ratbag

Posted by beermagnet on 23rd June 2014

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Solving proceeded at a pace …

Several answers entered on first reading, thus I had more than half the grid filled at “first pass” (all clues attempted). Another pass left me with just a few to go in the bottom right hand corner till “The Public” appeared from 22’s anagram to provide much needed crossing letters for the final few.

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Cyclops 522: Bad company

Posted by jetdoc on 8th June 2014

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As I blog this Cyclops puzzle, I find myself in the company of some very unsavoury characters, not to mention deeply unpleasant military hardware. What a way to spend Monday morning (yes, I know, I should have done it earlier… sorry!)

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Private Eye / Cyclops 521 – Abysmal Banner

Posted by beermagnet on 26th May 2014

beermagnet.

Read through at least 10 clues before spotting the first answer.  Not sure why as most of the puzzle filled in on “first pass” (when all clues read) – only about 10 to go.  They were teased out till interruption of having to “de-train” and walk home – one of the perils of tackling a puzzle on the outward leg. (On the inward journey, arriving at Waterloo and staying sitting finishing the crossy allows the barrier crush to subside.)  Final half dozen fell with thought but not overly taxing.

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Cyclops 520: Blocked and tackle

Posted by jetdoc on 12th May 2014

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A puzzle with some imaginative clues — I think 4d gets my vote for best initially-deceptive wordplay, though that perhaps depends on what team you support. 19d also gets a mention. Read the rest of this entry »

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