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#451 fsharpminor

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 13:11

I used to do the DT most days, but prefer 'Killer' Sudokus now.  The DT ones are pretty easy though, even Fridays so called 'Tough' one, so I have to buy the Times ultimate Killer Sudokus


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:57

oh yes, I very much enjoy killer sudokus too, though I usually keep quiet about it in the presence of crossword people (why is there such a divide?). Normal sudokus can get a little repetitive; killer have more variety. This isn't killer, but it's a misbehaving sudoku from a couple of years ago. Variants are always fun.


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#453 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:42

By nature I'm a mathematician, but unwillingly so, as it's a useless skill, and I love the humanity and wit in good crossword puzzles, so I forced myself to learn how to do them in preference.

I don't read any paper.

If I did, it would be the Guardian, but I've never liked its puzzles.

Puzzles are too ephemeral really: I've bought books of Times crossword puzzles, but it's not the same thing as doing one every day in a paper you buy. 20 years ago I did a work colleague's Times every day. I doubt I could now.

I went off it when Araucaria died and they had a contest for a new setter and that Barry on Eggheads won it with a very predictable dreary effort (? maybe misremembering).

Currently I'm most keen on the Battleships in the other half's filthy Mail and the skeleton in the other half's filthy MOS.

My hobby for 40 years has been learning languages and reading literatures. That outdoes crossword puzzling. 

I hate spending time on things like killer sudokus and such. I deliberately do them as quickly as possible, then if I make a mistake I bin them without a second's regret.

I can't understand people who spend an entire weekend doing a super giant jumbo cryptic. Don't they know life is short?


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:08

In the early days of the sudoku craze Hello! magazine used to have one which I found really hard, but maybe it only seemed hard because reading about royals and celebrities rots the brain...  ;)


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 19:13

Back to the subject of this thread, here are some clues from a puzzle in the Manchester Weekly News:

 

Allergy in a royal way

R_ _ _L_N

 

A team taken apart (5)

A_ _ _E

 

Cautious addition of fuel mixture to vehicle (7)

_ _ _E_U_

 

Bit of furniture in the robing room? (7)

_ _ _S_E_

 

Before a second has passed (5)

_ _ _S_


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 19:43

I think the first one is regally so maybe the N is wrong.
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 19:44

I think the third one is careful.
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Posted 22 February 2020 - 19:55

Is the fourth one  Dresser ?


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 20:05

I have a horrible suspicion that the thing before a second has passed might be a first


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 21:32



I think the first one is regally so maybe the N is wrong.

It's from Gradually advancing through academic awards (2, 7) which I had as IN DEGREES but I now realise must be BY ....

 

Could A team taken apart (5) be ASIDE? That would make

Before a second has passed (5)

_I_S_


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 12:07

then it probably is first but I still don't like it much


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 17:36

I'm stuck on just one clue in a puzzle in the Western Mail...

 

Jack goes round the mine (8)

_U_N_C_D


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Posted 23 February 2020 - 17:54

I'm stuck on just one clue in a puzzle in the Western Mail...

 

Jack goes round the mine (8)

_U_N_C_D

 

TURNSPIT would make two of your others wrong.


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 13:47



 


I'm stuck on just one clue in a puzzle in the Western Mail...

 

Jack goes round the mine (8)

_U_N_C_D

 

TURNSPIT would make two of your others wrong.

 

... namely:

Putting a cord round work in the arena (6)

RACING

and

Use clues successfully (6)

DEDUCE

 

I guess they should be ROPING and DETECT.


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 17:59

Roping definitely, but the second one is one of those wishy-washy ones, even if correct.


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