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a-j
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:53 pm    Post subject: november crossword Reply with quote

i believe 18 down should be 2,7 rather than 9 ?
is 21 down actually a 3 letter word ?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The enumeration for 18D was updated a few days ago. Thanks to those who caught it.

21D is a three letter entry.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Explanations are now in place for the excellent November puzzle produced by JWawro. Although the final stage could be thought of as slightly convoluted, this is entirely as a result of the immense compilation task Jay set for himself. As a compiler myself, I certainly appreciated the difficulty of this. Smile

Some feedback from others on the puzzle:

- I've never seen the final grid being another cryptic clue before. It must have taken quite a while to create!
- My two favorite [clues] were QUASAR being defined as "A STAR CROSS'D SCENE" and the KNAVE of hearts being defined as a "DESSERT THIEF". For QUASAR I had to get all the checked boxes before I could finally figure it out and I thought for sure that DESSERT was the extra word until almost the very end!.
- It can be tricky with “superfluous word” clues to make it look like you haven’t just created a normal cryptic clue and then added a random word in as an afterthought – I think you achieved this, and it was very enjoyable.
- Clues I liked the most were 13a (being the last one I solved), 24a, 3d, 6d and 26d.
- Constructive feedback on some other clues: 13a/12d: In both clues, there were two words that could have been validly removed, which I didn’t like. Especially 12d, where the two words started with different letters.
- 4d: When you have a word with more than one O, does “lose nothing” mean you remove one instance of a O or all Os? Or does it not really work? Personally I think “lose nothing” can only work for a word with just one O.

Also a couple of people pointed out that 18d should have been clued as 2 words. This was corrected early on in November.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thanks to JimFromMN for pointing out that an error had crept into the November 2015 puzzle. As a result, the clue for 6d has now been slightly changed, so if you do a full refresh on the crossword page you should see the modified clue.

My apologies for the mistake making its way into the puzzle. Embarassed

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,
When do explanations get added to the solutions?  I was curious how last months Up To Date worked, since I failed at it, and I see the explanations stop in April of 2016.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pianoman wrote:
Hi all,
When do explanations get added to the solutions?  I was curious how last months Up To Date worked, since I failed at it, and I see the explanations stop in April of 2016.
I must admit I've lapsed somewhat, mostly because they take quite a bit of work to put in place and I wasn't sure whether anyone was reading them. I stand corrected, and I shall start with last months puzzle. I'll post here again when it is in place.

BTW, this thread is open to anyone who ever wants further explanation (or PM me if you're shy).

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stretham wrote:
I'll post here again when it is in place.
Explanations for the October puzzle now in place.

If there are any of the missing ones in particular that anyone would like explaining then please post or PM. Otherwise I will get them in place as I get the chance.

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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: may crossword Reply with quote

just tried submitting the may crossword and got error message saying it is too late !
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: may crossword Reply with quote

a-j wrote:
just tried submitting the may crossword and got error message saying it is too late !
Oops - bit of a typo from me thinking that May was month 4! Embarassed I've fixed it now, so you can try resubmitting.

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