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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

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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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Private Eye / Cyclops 519 – Flabby Manifesto

Posted by beermagnet on 28th April 2014

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At the start of solving this I was absolutely racing through, slapping in answer after answer covering top left down to bottom right.  Then I slowed right down and had to grind out the answers – the last few after a lot of thought.  I tried to trip myself up by putting ODDBALL in at 28, but that was soon corrected. I had more success at self-blocking in the top right corner where for 14/11/26 I had made the classic error of putting ‘ones’ instead of ‘your’ – I should remember the Eye is not as formal as most papers.  Thus Skydiving had to wait, and 8D COUNTY gave me a particular run around, so I must nominate that as best clue.

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Cyclops 518: Vladdy bizarre

Posted by jetdoc on 14th April 2014

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I intended to post this blog yesterday, before I went to Lord’s for the afternoon, but the broadband service went on the blink. And somehow it didn’t get done when I arrived home, later than intended… So apologies for lateness, but blame Virgin Media.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 517 – Mayhem reporter

Posted by beermagnet on 31st March 2014

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This one took more effort than most recent Eye crosswords.

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Cyclops 516: Collar without filth?

Posted by jetdoc on 17th March 2014

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The title here is one of my favourite clues for the answer to 6a/7, with thanks to Nestor, its originator. I think I will give Cyclops’s clue for the same answer my vote for clue of the fortnight in this puzzle, too.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 515 – Cheap and nasty …

Posted by beermagnet on 3rd March 2014

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… double nasty including the dynasty.

This was completed over two sessions.  One on the train where half fell in during a 20 min commute home.  On the second session rest I generally found what was left to do easier because I was helped by the crossing letters and more particularly I wasn’t so damn tired!   That is, except for the last couple, 16/18 and 14.  I found these two  tricky for different reasons.  For 16/18 I found it difficult to see the definition – even with the “?” it is not obvious – I thought “the police” must be part of the wordplay somehow, and “guys” in the sense of ridicule is not is tricky to see.  And for 14  I thought first word must be “The” or maybe “Two”.

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Cyclops 514: Outing camp

Posted by jetdoc on 17th February 2014

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For once, I have completed my blog in good time. As I write this, however, I am still struggling for something amusing to add at the end.

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Private Eye 513 – Washed up Party

Posted by beermagnet on 3rd February 2014

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Another relatively gentle Eye crossword for the new year

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