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  • #580

    Foxglove
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    Here is a puzzle which I hope you enjoy. Any feedback would be welcome. I have also posted in a separate file the answers with clue explanations.

    #590

    Whynot
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    Thanks, Foxglove. A delightful puzzle with pitch-perfect wordplay and clear definitions. Unlike Ray (whose comment on Late Halloween I think probably belongs here), I was pleased to have an enjoyable puzzle to do which took less than an hour to complete! It could perhaps have been made harder with more deceptive definitions, but I for one enjoy a puzzle which is not too taxing. At least I get to finish it! Also it is not easy to create a puzzle with excellent meaningful surfaces like this which is at the same time not too difficult.

    Thanks also for the very clear explanations. There were a couple I didn’t quite parse right.

    I had a couple of question marks about the cluing. One was the use of ‘heartily’, but I see now that the QM at the end took care of that rather professionally. I did also wonder about ‘failure’ as the definition for 14a, since it originally meant an inheritance and came to be used for a death, as confirmed by my old paper Chambers. However, more modern sources such as Collins online show that the meaning has drifted further to encompass ‘failure’, as when referring to a plan.

    Many thanks for the fun, Foxglove.

    #596

    Foxglove
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    Thanks, Whynot. Helpful feedback and good to hear that you enjoyed the puzzle.

    #617

    chameleon
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    I enjoyed this puzzle. Favourites included 13 down, 17 across, and, funnily enough, 1 across. Was there a significance to the title that’s gone over my head?

    #618

    Foxglove
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    Hi Chameleon, good to hear that you enjoyed the puzzle! There was no significance to the title.

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