Puzzles from Pedrock, Claret, Chorybdis and Eclogue.
I’ve only tried Eclogue’s puzzle, which I found near the ‘impossible’ end of the difficulty scale, but did eventually fill in the grid bar one: “Hamish’s support missing time check (4)”.
I have 3 of the 4 letters, but remain stumped.
Think I’ve got it. Will be interesting to check next month!
In the meantime I have completed the grid of Chorybdis’s puzzle but am baffled by the instructions! Have you worked it out? I’m still looking for a thematic word!
Incidentally I really love Pedrock’s puzzles. Do other people feel the same?
I hadn’t noticed Eclogue’s was the Prize puzzle – or I wouldn’t have asked for help.
Pacing myself, I haven’t started Chorybdis’ puzzle. The instructions are certainly tough.
Right, finished Chorybdis – quite a feat of setting, explains the unusual symmetry.
To resolve an ambiguity, the first theme word mentioned is 3 letters long, and those three letters (repeatedly of course) start the 12 special clues, and *don’t* start any other clues. You might be able to work out the three letters from tallying the starting letters of all the clues.
That wasn’t how I did it though – I used the last information that the deleted letters leave the grid still with only real words, and looked for letters that satisfied that condition, then adjacent letters doing so and thus tracing out the shape and second theme word.
I don’t see any thematic content in the solutions or clues per se.
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