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Cyclops 546: Post-electoral tristesse

Posted by jetdoc on 11th May 2015

jetdoc.

It felt strange to be solving this knowing that, by the time I finalised the blog, the election results would be known and some of the political references within the puzzle would be somewhat out of date. Nothing like as strange, however, as I feel now that the result is known! Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 545 Meltdown Climax

Posted by beermagnet on 27th April 2015

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I forgot that I was down to blog this so I solved it in the normal manner, in an easy chair, rather than in front of a computer to make notes.

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Cyclops 544: Who is Silvio?

Posted by jetdoc on 13th April 2015

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A very straightforward Cyclops for me — an easy solve, with no clue holding me up for long.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 543 Campaign Phobia

Posted by beermagnet on 30th March 2015

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Cyclops reminds us that we mustn’t believe anything we hear from politicians over the next 6 weeks.

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Cyclops 554: Never a dull moment

Posted by jetdoc on 16th March 2015

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Medium-difficulty for a Cyclops, I think — I finished all but 23a without much trouble, then had to resort to Google for 23a.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 541 Tragic takeover

Posted by beermagnet on 2nd March 2015

beermagnet.

With apologies to anyone who struggled, I found this Cyclops puzzle quite easy.

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Cyclops 540 — A load of Balls

Posted by jetdoc on 16th February 2015

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Sorry for lateness again, folks — we didn’t realise quite how time-consuming and disruptive to work a puppy can be. A Cyclops that had me, as a non-motorist, turning to the reference books to confirm a couple of answers. 5d was pretty obvious from the anagram, though. Otherwise, 23d held me up a bit, largely because I think I usually spell it ‘syphon’.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 539 Stopcock dictatorship

Posted by beermagnet on 2nd February 2015

beermagnet.

This was a solid Eye crossword which had me getting many answers quite quickly but having to stretch to get those last few, particularly in the top right corner.

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Cyclops 538

Posted by jetdoc on 18th January 2015

jetdoc.

Apologies for the lateness — I had intended to work on this during our visit to London (well, on the train), but my laptop is behaving badly. It was lovely to see various cruciverbal folk in London. Arrived back yesterday afternoon, exhausted, to an office which hadn’t been heated for three days, so my fingers were really not in typing mode.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 537 Xmas Special Look-a-likey

Posted by beermagnet on 5th January 2015

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The usual massive festive grid with a hark-back to some feature or other from the Eye from the previous year – this time, lookalikes. Also, the traditional massive prize for one lucky solver: £250 prize.

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Cyclops 536: Happy Christmas everyone

Posted by jetdoc on 22nd December 2014

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Cyclops, I think, was gearing up for the Christmas special at this point — this one was a very straightforward solve, and a lot less of a challenge for me as a blogger than the one Beermagnet is facing.

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Cyclops 536

Posted by jetdoc on 18th December 2014

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After some confusion between cut-off dates published online and in the print version, the blog is scheduled to appear at midnight on Sunday as usual.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 535 Bare cheeks

Posted by beermagnet on 8th December 2014

beermagnet.

One of those weekends where I found myself tackling the Eye crossword just after struggling with Cyclops’ alter ego Brummie in the Guardian.  So by comparison this seemed easier than expected.

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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

beermagnet.

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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