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Conflict by Pointer (struggle and strife!)

Posted on 10 January 2014

Aren’t we becoming sly Numpties! We checked on all the anniversaries and beamed happily. Well, it is the 100th anniversary of the crossword today isn’t it! Minutes ago we passed the winter solstice, so the days are now getting longer (though looking out of the window at the gloom and sleet of the Dales, I […]

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Listener 4273: Conflict by Pointer

Posted on 10 January 2014

I know of the difficulty of Pointer’s puzzles more by reputation than experience. Most of his puzzles have appeared in Magpie and, while many have a benign C rating, most have a D (tricky) rating… with the odd E (fiendish) thrown in for good measure. This is his third Listener, the first being No 4099 […]

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Listener No. 4396: The Listener Audience by Pointer

Posted on 21 May 2016

It struck me that the editors were being particularly sadistic this month! Following on from Shackleton’s masterful, but tricky, puzzle, we had Pointer, who could also be masterful and tricky. Those of you who had come across a Pointer puzzle before knew that they were in for another treat. His last puzzle (no. 4274, Conflict) […]

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Listener 4279: Hellside by eXternal

Posted on 21 February 2014

The first debut setter of 2014 with a puzzle from eXternal, although he/she has had a couple of Inquisitors in the last year or so. This week, we had a version of a song to find, and I wondered how similar it might be to John Lennon’s Imagine in the same weekend’s EV puzzle, Dreams. […]

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