7 thoughts on “April 2021

  • 21st May 2021 at 12:53 am

    Re Chameleon’s puzzle, really good though I had no trouble seeing the 19 at breakfast today.
    I count 16 theme solutions including 26 and 27, though why a “group of 27” eludes me so far.

    • 25th May 2021 at 7:46 am

      Bit more research needed – it’s a group of twenty-seven, rather than a group of 27, if that helps – there’s no reference to the clue 27!

      • 25th May 2021 at 2:25 pm

        Ah, the male names were unfamiliar in that context – and Romeo is a red herring. Thanks.

  • 29th May 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Re Windsurfer, these sorts of instructions always confuse me.
    “Singular four-letter words are missing from the wordplay.”
    Does that mean that the words exist (en bloc) in the *solutions* and are *ignored* in the wordplay, or does it mean that e.g. a reversal indicator ‘back’ could have been left out of a clue?

    • 30th May 2021 at 12:35 am

      Enjoyed that one, some very good clues of which 1d stands out.
      Some stretched definitions in parts of 7/28 and 13 I thought.
      Had TUFF for 15 to start with, seems reasonable.
      Had SLICEABLE for 14 but that broke the rules.
      Thanks Windsurfer.

    • 30th May 2021 at 7:52 am

      Fair point, and one I always get wrong in my own puzzles too – ‘are missing from solutions indicated by the wordplay’, would be better. I think if ever you see this sort of thing then it’s fair to say that it’s almost always the former – removing a random four-letter word from a clue would be really, really hard.

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