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Cyclops 490: They eat horses, don’t they?

Posted by jetdoc on 18th March 2013

jetdoc.

Apologies for lateness.

Cyclops on good form this week, with some amusing and at times deceptively salacious wordplay, and several references to the discovery of horsemeat in many ‘beef’ products. I think 23/9/1 has to be my favourite, though. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 489 – Ad hoc Sovereign

Posted by beermagnet on 4th March 2013

beermagnet.

Similar to the last issue, this crossword was noticeably tougher than the usual difficulty level for the Eye crossword…

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Cyclops 488: Beware supporter wilt! (see 3/22)

Posted by jetdoc on 18th February 2013

jetdoc.

I think there was some fairly tricky wordplay in this Cyclops — it took me a bit longer than usual. Was that just me, or do others agree? Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye / Cyclops 487 – Climactic Recession

Posted by beermagnet on 4th February 2013

beermagnet.

Don’t know about anyone else but I’m still reeling from the Xmas giant, so this normal sized grid seemed small…

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Cyclops 486: Hacked off to the back teeth

Posted by jetdoc on 20th January 2013

jetdoc.

This was numbered 469 in the magazine, but is correct on the website.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 485 – Xmas Special

Posted by beermagnet on 5th January 2013

beermagnet.

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done
Another year over, a new one just begun”
Tell you what we’ve done John, another massive Eye Crossword!

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Cyclops 484: Reading the Riot Act

Posted by jetdoc on 16th December 2012

jetdoc.

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

jetdoc.

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

beermagnet.

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

beermagnet.

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

beermagnet.

… 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

beermagnet.

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

jetdoc.

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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