6 thoughts on “October 2020

  • 10th November 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Re puzzle 1989, I am stuck on 9. I’m certain of the middle three letters (unless 16 has a variant spelling) and reasonably sure of the first (from 7’s definition at least) but nothing in the usual dictionaries matches. Even the middle three letters alone don’t turn up anything promising.
    I did get the office-holders early on which was just as well given the other sneakiness.

  • 10th November 2020 at 12:47 pm

    It’s in Chambers. The clue is four letters plus one letter…

  • 13th November 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Sesrching Chambers, ignoring the first letter, did turn it up. Now I don’t get the parsing of 7 (I was thinking street address, reasonably enough).

  • 13th November 2020 at 4:09 pm

    7: That’s a relatively straightforward single letter + 3 letters. Claret’s: I agree. He said: “This has been in development for so long that I can hardly remember how I going with the grid. I recall I just picked a grid and started to fill words in on Crossword Compiler, using WordWeb to give me options for the reverse solutions. 30d and 7d came in as a bonus as the grid developed as they hadn’t been part of the rubric.”

    • 13th November 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Ah, a spelling I have never seen, and the different letter unchecked. 9 is in very few dictionaries it seems, but is in Collins as well. Thanks.

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