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Listener No. 4370: Hefbeet by Yorick

Posted on 20 November 2015

Just one puzzle to date from Yorick, as far as I can see, and that was almost exactly ten years ago… but in the Independent. That had Androcles and the Lion as its theme and bizarrely the preamble started in almost the same way as this week’s with “In 26 clues…”. For some reason, the […]

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Hefbeet (AKA Pangram) by Yorick

Posted on 20 November 2015

“Yorick,” we said, “are we due for a bit of Hamlet?” A quick scan through the clues yielded a few solutions and we smiled with relief for we are over the pond caring for a very chatty and lively toddler while his new sister is coming into the world. This looked easy, ‘Origins of blood-moon […]

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Listener No 4465, PQRST?: A Setter’s Blog by Yorick

Posted on 17 September 2017

I first constructed a grid for this puzzle over 20 years ago, and it looked very different from the finished article. Firstly, I had blacked-out squares placed in it where they would fill out the thematic items, thus making symmetry impossible. Secondly, I included a rhombus (with unequal sides!) in the same way as the […]

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Listener No 4465: PQRST? by Yorick

Posted on 15 September 2017

Nearly two years since Yorick’s first Listener (No 4370, Hefbeet) with its pangrammatical substitutions. This week, clashes to be left blank initially, misprints in the definition spelling out an instruction, and the remainder where the grid entry had a wrong letter. Lots to try and separate here. I wondered if the title was a hint […]

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