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  • #806

    TheVoidTLMB
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    Here’s my latest. Printable PNG attached, or browser-solvable here. Answers will pop up in a scheduled post on my blog next Thursday at noon. Hope you enjoy it.

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    #812

    chameleon
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    Hi Void,

    Thanks for this. I particularly enjoyed two of the solutions! Favourite clues: 7, 11, 24, 3 (echo of Jay-Z intentional?), 17 (reminded me of the old joke about the dog with no nose) and 19 – that last is probably my clue of the crossword. I was curious to see if 19 had been done before since ‘estate’ seems so useful for a surface – Fifteensquared suggests other people have used the same eld_est split, but I think yours is the best surface someone’s found for it. I haven’t been able to parse 9 although I assume it must be LJUBLJANA. Never heard of a LISTENING WATCH, but I liked the clue and it was pretty easy to work out from the crossing letters.

    Quibbles: I’ve been unsure about constructions like ‘even’ in 2 since reading Hamish’s submission guidelines on this site, where he says that “fellow oddly” gives FLO but “odd fellow” doesn’t. I think I’m with him in thinking you need ‘evenly’ for this to be watertight, although the intention is clear enough. Also I’m not fully convinced that 8 and 15 are all that cryptic as cryptic defs, although I sympathise with having a 14-letter word to get rid of, as one of them is currently preventing me finishing Chameleon #10! (Weirdly my 14-letter is a phrase you’d probably hear before a programme break). Is “programme break” a coding phrase? If so then I can see how there’d be a misleading alternative reading.

    Thanks again
    Chameleon

    #813

    Gonzo
    Participant

    Re 9, see the online Collins entry, Chameleon.
    Thanks for the namecheck Void – the Maltese island was new to me. More comment later.

    #814

    chameleon
    Participant

    Oh, neat! I’ll try to remember that one although the odds of it coming up again seem slim. Thanks for the heads up.

    #815

    Gonzo
    Participant

    Pretty accessible, I got stuck for a while in the SE, my old record label knowledge being poor and LISTENING WATCH being unfamiliar.
    I liked for surface 7,1,2,17 and 19
    and for construction:
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    22 that’s the longest ‘alternate letter’ result I think I’ve seen.
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    16 Nice misdirection with C TON rather than CWT for hundredweight. One for the oldies though.
    19
    So a toss-up between 2 and 19 for favourite.

    11 I guess ESP is one of those abbreviations that we pick up but which don’t make the dictionaries.
    21 I had KELLY for a while, as in Henry. Wrong quiz.
    5 I would have preferred some context for Anne (though I would still have had to look it up).
    6 Mal didn’t spring to mind as a common Scottish name as Tam, Jock, Niall and Ian do.
    18 ‘Brave’ anagrind 🙂

    Thanks Void

    #816

    Gonzo
    Participant

    Having seen Void’s post, I wonder who the third ‘wave’ is?
    I see myself as a Nina, also ‘synths’ in the bottom row. Rutger Hauer played a Replicant in Blade Runner though? Synths are from Humans.

    #817

    TheVoidTLMB
    Participant

    Hi guys,

    Thanks as ever, for the solve and comment. To answer some points:

    11 Oh, damn, mea culpa.

    24 Ta, I was pleased how well board worked in the surface.

    3 I was working on the Roman numerals angle, but struggling with a definition, and then, yes, thoughts of Jay-Z popped up after “99” and there was my answer (errr… clue)!

    17 (ditto) 🙂

    19 Ah, thanks. Had to wrestle that one into shape a fair bit….

    9 and 10 were both answers that had to go in to complete the grid. Had no idea how I was going to clue 9 for a while (decided the only option was for a fairly obvious/gettable def), and I also hadn’t heard of 10 before, but felt it was gettable with crossers.

    2 Thanks for the cryptic grammar reminder, C.

    8/15 Yes, these both depend on how you read them. I’ll often find myself on the setter’s wavelength for a particular clue, so think “Oh, well that’s clearly X, then”. So for these, I was hoping that there’d be some confusion between “adding a break to a programme”/”placing into the break in a programme” and “the method by which placebos *do* work”/”the manner by which it was *discovered* that placebos work”. If you got straight there on either of them, then okay, they were a lower-level of cryptic, but perhaps they might not have been for someone else. I’m okay with that either way. “Program break” is not a coding phrase AFAIK. “Line break” is, but that’s another kettle of fish.

    16 I wasn’t sure about the lift & separate there, but decided to stick with it. Glad you liked it, G.

    18 I’ll take “brave”! 🙂

    Synth – ah, yes, I may be mixing up my perjorative origins. “Skin-job” was in Bladerunner, I think. I blame the sub-ether radio.

    I’d had this puzzle pencilled for October, and you two slotted inside it, but after solving Chameleon’s last, I thought there’s obviously something in the air (void references, and “retuned Ron” being v similar to a Cham clue), so I brought it forwards. Column 14 gobsmacked me when I saw it!

    The third wave is to a friend who doesn’t hang out on crossword sites, but will either read my blog, or have it pointed out to him. He is also admirable in some ways.

    Cheers!

    #818

    Gonzo
    Participant

    Hi both,
    I have a puzzle coming out at Big Dave’s Rookie Corner tonight.

    #819

    chameleon
    Participant

    As luck would have it, just checked here to see if any new puzzles had been posted. I’ll check out your Rookie in a few minutes’ time. Best of luck with it.

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