2 thoughts on “January 2021

  • 26th March 2021 at 9:22 pm
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    Thank you very much to everyone who took the trouble to send feedback on my puzzle. When I submitted it, I was a bit doubtful as I thought a good few of the clues were a bit on the easy side. (But I think I’ve learned that I’m a terrible judge of the difficulty of my own clues.) So when Hamish & his test-solvers liked it, and even selected it as the prize puzzle, I was chuffed. Glad that it seems to have generally gone over well with the solvers.

    I’ll stick some clarifications/SPOILERS in a separate reply to this post.

    Cheers,
    Void

    • 26th March 2021 at 9:25 pm
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      SPOILERS AHOY!
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      The Star-Trekkish title was intended as (appropriately, for this puzzle?) a bit of misdirection. (Made me laugh when it turned out that there was an ST theme in another puzzle!) It was meant to mean that “the most important instruction” was to “…add wards”. Specifically to the five clue group titles, thus giving “leftwards”, “rightwards”, “upwards”, “downwards” and, ahem, “optionalwards” as entry direction instructions.

      Mea culpas:
      Yes, “anachronistically” wasn’t quite right. I changed it to that from “old-fashionedly”, as that didn’t seem to be a real word. “Archaically”? “In an old-fashioned way” made the clue seem too long. Ah well.
      Yes, I should have said “*The* Void” in 2d, strictly speaking.
      Sorry about the 1/3s and the 2/5s. I tried really hard to avoid them, but this was the only grid I could finalise after many tries.
      Thank you, responder, for educating me that my Roman numeral logic was off. For those that don’t know: In numbers like IX for 9, where the first, smaller number is subtracted from the second, larger one to give the total, the rule is that the first number must not be smaller than one tenth of the larger one. So 99 is XCIX, and not IC. So my Town should have been 205 (104+1+100).

      I only found out whilst setting that “Lewis and Harris” is *one* island. The “to” in 6U was not a juxtaposition indicator, but was meant to indicate the denial was being made *to* the poet: “Nope, T.S.!”

      I live and learn. Thanks again to all who solved it, and/or commented. Hopefully I’ll come up with another appropriately 1Across-ish idea for a puzzle before too long.

      Ciao,
      Void

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