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Private Eye/Cyclops 476 – Moving Glass Top

Posted by beermagnet on 3rd September 2012

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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

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

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Cyclops 469: Going to the dogs

Posted by jetdoc on 28th May 2012

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An entertaining Cyclops puzzle this fortnight, with some clever wordplay. I think the very first clue, 8a, has to be my favourite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops) 468 – Frottage Special

Posted by beermagnet on 14th May 2012

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Seemed to me Cyclops was making a particular theme of solitary sexual gratification this week. No? Just me then.
I expect he didn’t really mean to milk it.

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Cyclops 467: Copious or lavish trousers

Posted by jetdoc on 2nd May 2012

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First, further apologies — I promised to post this, already late, yesterday, but didn’t get home to my office (where this almost finished blog was waiting for me) until late.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 466 – Befoul banana’s kin

Posted by beermagnet on 16th April 2012

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This crossword was unusual in two respects.
It had a large number of clues: This grid design gives 32 lights and only one clue involved two lights, whereas Cyclops often creates longer answers using more than one light.
It had “accessible” clues – all except one, 11A, “le mot sauvage et obscur” a surprisingly rare word for an Eye puzzle. I certainly had to check the dictionary.

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Cyclops 465: The canine testicles

Posted by jetdoc on 2nd April 2012

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The usual fun from Cyclops, who has managed as ever to work all sorts of salacious references into wordplay for simple and innocent words. Clue of the fortnight, though, has to be 17a, for which the answer is less decorous. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 464 – Stalag Leveson

Posted by beermagnet on 19th March 2012

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How many tabloid editors or execs will end up in “Stalag Leveson”?
Expectations are being laid by the number of people that have been arrested by Operations Weeting and Elveden, but preparations are being put in place for rearguard action claiming the openness of Leveson means fair trials will not be possible. I would be beyond ironic if that defence means crooks get off.
So will anyone other than footsoldiers like Goodman and Mulcaire ever pick up their just desserts?

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Cyclops 463

Posted by jetdoc on 5th March 2012

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As Cyclops puzzles go, I thought this was pretty straightforward — none of those stubborn clues that hold you up once you have solved everything else. As usual, plenty of witty surface readings to keep it entertaining. Read the rest of this entry »

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Private Eye/Cyclops 462 – The Odd Couple

Posted by beermagnet on 20th February 2012

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Which Odd couple is Cyclops alluding to I wonder: Cameron and Idi Amin? Al Capone and Robin Hood?

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