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Cyclops 484: Reading the Riot Act

Posted by jetdoc on 16th December 2012

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Only a week since the last blog, I know — but this one has a submission deadline only three days after the publication date (though of course, many of us buy the Eye a couple of days before that). So I am getting the blog online to let you concentrate your energies on the Christmas puzzle, due later this week.

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Cyclops 483: BRIEFS encounter

Posted by jetdoc on 10th December 2012

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No major problems with this one… until I tried to parse 11a, which I had written in pretty much without thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye / Cyclops 482 – Ungodly control

Posted by beermagnet on 26th November 2012

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This was certainly a topping crossword …

…there were a variety of tops in it: Jersey, Poncho, Kimono.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 481 – Beer thoughts

Posted by beermagnet on 12th November 2012

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I have had a couple of weeks of utterly manic work and have been meaning to do this blog for ages, but here we are, late Sunday and it’s not started and I’m still in the office pushing bits and bytes through computers. So this will have to be a quick one …

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Private Eye/Cyclops 480 – Long to reign over us …

Posted by beermagnet on 29th October 2012

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… and under us.  As this grid is topped and tailed with Kate and Wills on the top and bottom, and in the middle row.  All these had clues of the same kind – a clear definition plus a humourous, and likely topical definition.  Plus two children’s books top and bottom.
I wonder if there are other interrelated things in the puzzle…  Aha! Left and right: Eggs, Rock, Food, Nest.  It’s a gannet’s checklist!

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Private Eye/Cyclops 479 – Money Laundering

Posted by beermagnet on 15th October 2012

beermagnet.

I solved this one before I realised I was going to blog it and haven’t made any contemporaneous notes.
I can’t even remember which was the first clue answered, nor which was the last.  I was certainly not stuck on anything at the end, just left with a smile, so that indicates the puzzle was not too hard.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 478 – Rodent sandwich

Posted by beermagnet on 1st October 2012

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An enjoyable solve.  Although more than half fell in the first pass, the rest needed deconstruction of some interesting wordplay.

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Cyclops 477: Our Slicker

Posted by jetdoc on 16th September 2012

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With apologies to anyone who struggled, I thought this was a remarkably straightforward puzzles — a quick solve on a train. I don’t have much to say about it — entertaining and clever as usual, but not quite vintage Cyclops. I think 11a is probably my favourite clue.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 476 – Moving Glass Top

Posted by beermagnet on 3rd September 2012

beermagnet.

If I say I only had 5 to go after the “first pass” (all clues attempted) that will make it seem it was a easy Eye crossword or else I was on fire.  In fact I re-calibrated my  “first pass” counter when late on in the solving I found I hadn’t attempted 19D.  Mainly because I hadn’t noticed I’d crossed it with all it’s crossing letters.  But also because I became engrossed in the solving of the rest of the grid and didn’t remember to tick off the clues.  Undoubtedly this took longer than normal, even allowing for scribbling some blog notes on the way.

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Cyclops 475: Pressing the flesh

Posted by jetdoc on 19th August 2012

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With many apologies for lateness. Events conspired against me when it came to finding time to write this blog, though the puzzle itself was a relatively straightforward solve. I do hope you will excuse my having given priority, even at this pressured time of major househould refurbishment (it’ll look lovely when it’s finished), to attending all of what turned out to be a tremendously entertaining, if somewhat frustrating, test match at Lord’s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 474 – Not to win, but … aghast

Posted by beermagnet on 6th August 2012

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It may have passed you by, but the Olympics is on at the moment in London, and Cyclops chose to draw attention to it by including a couple of well-known Olympic mottoes in the grid …

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Cyclops 473: STAND THATCHER? I certainly can’t!

Posted by jetdoc on 22nd July 2012

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I didn’t have too many problems with most of this, but had difficulty working out the wordplay in 4d, for which I had written STRIPED without really thinking about it. A few LOL clues (and I don’t mean ‘lots of love’), with 6d possibly my favourite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 472 Stylish tyranny

Posted by beermagnet on 9th July 2012

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Back to a slightly tougher crossword this time.  At least that’s how I found it, both to get started and to find those last pesky couple of answers.

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Cyclops 471: If the cap fits…

Posted by jetdoc on 24th June 2012

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A Cyclops of average difficulty this week (seems like I always say that!), with nothing that held me up for long. I will go for 9d as my fave clue, for its complete absurdity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye / Cyclops 470 – Up Yours, Lobster

Posted by beermagnet on 11th June 2012

beermagnet.

There was no obvious Jubilee theme from Cyclops – I assume he compiled it whilst wearing his union jack bowtie.

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