14 thoughts on “April 2020

  • 22nd May 2020 at 4:00 pm
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    I’d be grateful for more explanation of 21,4 and 12 in Double Diamond.

  • 9th June 2020 at 10:00 pm
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    Hi
    I’m working my way through the May puzzles. Sorry if I’m in the April blog! I’m struggling to get a handle on Araucaria’s puzzle. I’d be grateful for a hint to get me started!
    Thanks again for keeping the puzzles coming. Especially welcome in ‘lockdown’!

  • 9th June 2020 at 10:12 pm
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    Hi Sarah,
    have you twigged what the instructions are telling you?
    Also, there is an error in 1 across – the enumeration should be (7).

    • 10th June 2020 at 1:32 pm
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      Hi Gonzo
      Thanks for your reply. No I haven’t twigged but I am working on it! I’ve tried one or two thoughts but they haven’t got me anywhere. Will persevere – I hate to be defeated!
      All the best
      Sarah

  • 18th August 2020 at 9:15 am
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    A very belated comment on Gonzo’s debut puzzle in April issue (congrats. Gonzo!) – since I’ve only just re-subscribed and am catching up.

    I’ve seen some of Gonzo’s before, in Another Place, so I’m not entirely unfamiliar with the style.

    A nice, well-crafted puzzle with some fairly tough clueing in some places (10a, my LOI, I never sussed the wordplay – luckily I remembered my school lessons in the Classics!). Is there a ghost theme? if so it escapes me, though there’s an obvious link between 11a and 22a. And the same (short) word appears three times in the solutions; also another short word appears twice. Is this intentional or an oversight? I’d be interested to know.

  • 18th August 2020 at 11:27 am
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    Hello
    As I’m always interested to see comments on some of the puzzles I decided to dig out my April issue to revisit the clues in Gonzo’s puzzle, which, by the way, I really enjoyed.
    I too completed 10ac simply because I had completed all the down clues providing me with alternate letters, and I then sussed out the Greek goddess link!
    I see the obvious link between 11ac and 22ac, also the appearance of the short words but failed to make any connection. I’m also not sure about a ghost theme. I would really like to know if I’ve missed some sort of theme. By the way, I’m sorry but what does LOI stand for?
    Many thanks to Gonzo for an interesting and enjoyable challenge.

    • 18th August 2020 at 11:48 am
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      Sorry – “LOI” = “Last one in”, just as “FOI” = “First one in” (in my case, 21a – shortly followed by 18a – for which there is a connection as far as I’m concerned, alas!). And “DNF” = ‘did not finish’ – probably going to happen quite often for me, with 1across puzzles!

  • 18th August 2020 at 1:04 pm
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    Thanks for the kind words. I’ve just noticed that the printed solution omits the parsing of 26ac, which is AIR in [r]HY[l] for the record. And 6 in the across solutions should read 9.
    Repetitions in the grid are semi-intentional assonances 🙂
    But the theme is 9,21,26,6 – four more solutions apply.

    • 19th August 2020 at 11:07 am
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      Aha! Thanks for the explanations. The 4-word phrase did ring a bell, but I had to google it to make sure. Alas! – I was never a fan of that particular double act; in fact I rather disliked it. So, apart from 7d, I don’t recognise the other allusions – though I suppose 12a and 27a may be connected? No matter….

    • 19th August 2020 at 3:00 pm
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      Thanks. You’ve probably guessed that I’m of a generation that is somewhat behind with current acronyms! So I’m pleased to discover the meanings of yours. Thanks again. BFN!

    • 19th August 2020 at 3:10 pm
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      Thanks Gonzo. As soon as you gave the clue numbers it became obvious! I have to admit I did, and still do when repeated, enjoy the double act. I found 27ac and 7d and possibly 12ac but couldn’t find the fourth. Thanks for the explanations.

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