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Private Eye / Cyclops 519 – Flabby Manifesto

Posted by beermagnet on 28th April 2014

beermagnet.

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

jetdoc.

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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Cyclops 512: Don’t mention M*****h!

Posted by jetdoc on 20th January 2014

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A pretty quick solve for me; though I admit that I got a bit stuck on 20a — not because it’s difficult, but because I didn’t expect it to be so simple and obvious!

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Private Eye / Cyclops 511 – Xmas 2013 – It’s a Winner

Posted by beermagnet on 6th January 2014

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Thank goodness there were a few days over the festive period to devote to a massive puzzle or two.   This one took me quite a while, not only from the sheer size of it, but also from the distraction of searching through the back numbers for the source material for the lengthy quotation in the shaded squares, which inevitably led to reading far too much enjoyable old rubbish.  I initially wondered if I had all the necessary back numbers for the year remembering how I had tidied up the area not long ago. Turns out “not long” is over 2 years ago, so that relatively small stack of old Eyes in the corner of the home-office was quite sufficient.

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Cyclops 510: Fruity twerking

Posted by jetdoc on 23rd December 2013

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Apologies if this appears twice [it didn’t] — the new interface on the website is not behaving as I expected it to.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 509 – Obvious Indolence

Posted by beermagnet on 9th December 2013

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This one took me longer than most recent Eye puzzles, but in retrospect it doesn’t look that much harder than usual.

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Cyclops 508: No so special now

Posted by jetdoc on 25th November 2013

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For me, a very straightforward Cyclops, quickly solved (even if I have my doubts about some of the parsing). I’ll give my ‘fave clue’ vote to 13a. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye / Cyclops 507 – Turn for Good

Posted by beermagnet on 11th November 2013

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I thought I would set a new PB for solving this, …

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Cyclops 506: Some like [sh]it hot

Posted by jetdoc on 28th October 2013

jetdoc.

A very hurried blog, started on Friday afternoon, on the train on the way up to Sheffield for Part 1 of the John Henderson Big Birthday Bash, and being finished in what will be tomorrow’s (i.e. Saturday 26th’s) party venue. So do excuse any sloppiness; I will correct it next week; .

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Private Eye / Cyclops 505 Irksome Groping

Posted by beermagnet on 14th October 2013

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Another fun-packed episode from our one-eyed friend

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