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A brilliantly devised trap for the unwary, into which of course I fell. I was expecting to finish this in almost record time until I got to the last stage when, despite having considered the main...
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Many thanks to the Times for providing a Christmas Listener, which I particularly appreciate as the current situation meant I couldn't get over to the UK to see my family. A nice festive Listener,...
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What an amazing construction! Not a particularly hard puzzle, though no walk in the park either, with PDMs galore. I am a total incompetent with the theme, though even I knew enough not to have to...
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This left me with a smile on my face when I finished. I remember Ares’ last puzzle (4633) involved a trivial grid fill followed by an interminable grid stare, and I feared the same with this one after...
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The leporine one always comes up with good puzzles and this didn't disappoint. I found this tricky, not least that it took me a fair while to see how the jumbles could be entered. There are variant...
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Utterly brilliant! Tough clues and uncertainties in the placing of entries made for a slow, but steady grid fill, and this was rewarded many times over by a stunning endgame. Usually I quail when I...
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I can't find another thread even though this puzzle has taken me 15 hours over two days. So here goes. I have never spent this long on any crossword - not even when I started with the Listener 25...
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A terrifying preamble. Ugh. Jumbles. Double ugh. Definition/letter mix clues. Ugh to the nth power. Yet this was brilliant! Once the method of entry of the across revealed itself, a smile was...
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Extremely difficult, and unless I've missed something after hours of searching, a certain amount of insider knowledge is necessary to understand some of the thematic connections. I don't possess that...
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Can’t find a thread so here goes… After last week’s masterpiece from Android, I didn’t envy the setter whose puzzle would follow. So much to live up to, so perhaps the editors wouldn’t bother and...
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Lovely puzzle. The grid fill was fun and not too taxing; I enjoyed putting my rudimentary knowledge of the six-letter adjective to use. Despite spotting a couple of names quite soon, it took a fair...
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That was a workout and a half! Despite initial reservations that this was going to be a slog, I really enjoyed it. I'll admit I "solved" most of the across clues by reverse engineering from potential...
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I found the clues tough to the point of annoyance in the early stages, but it became easier as the thematic material revealed itself. I find this way of presenting the clues adds the extra obstacle of...
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A jigsaw grid with entries of uncertain length, and no long answers to help us get started. Is that not one obstacle too many? I certainly thought so after I'd solved all but four of the clues and not...
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I have searched extensively, but that doesn't mean there isn't a previous thread lurking that search can't find. I'll just say that I found this hard work, and add more if this really is the first...
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I can't believe I'm first here, but search turns up nothing. I suspect some will lambast this puzzle for being far too easy - and it certainly could have benefited from a less obvious treatment of the...
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Blimey I'm old - the last thematic item didn't exist when I taught the general subject! Really enjoyed this as I do all Ifor's puzzles - it was hard but yielded to perseverance at just the right pace....
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I thought this was terrific, with thematic material that just kept on giving. My drawing abilities are even worse than that of a certain artist who exhibits unmade beds, but even so my final result is...
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Rather surprised to find an Oxymoron puzzle in the Listener. Wasn't that the pseudonym the late, great John Harrington used for Enigmatic Variations, while his Listener and Inquisitor puzzles were set...
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The perimeter entries were a great help once the link between them became clear. The ungenerous checking is a serious obstacle when you've got letters latent, uncertain entry points and some very...

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