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Double Devilry by Pointer

Posted on 3 September 2010

The numpties gazed with astonishment as those two little grids appeared on the screen. Great! A break from 13 X 13s. Wonderful! The Listener has given us a rest from the weekly slog with misprinted letters and letters to be added or removed, clashes to be resolved and all the hoops we are becoming accustomed […]

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Listener 4099: Double Devilry by Pointer (and Not ‘Y/es, Tin Gone’!)

Posted on 3 September 2010

This is, as far as I can see, Pointer’s first Listener puzzle. He/she has had a few in Magpie over the last few years, and about half of those have been of difficulty D (ie tough). Also, and I’m not sure if this bodes well, but the preamble has almost as many words as the […]

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Listener No 4493: Devilry by Nutmeg

Posted on 30 March 2018

Last year’s Nutmeg concerned William Sherwood and his comment about mendacious piscators (“are fishermen all liars?”). This week, we had a mixture of misprints and printer’s devilry clues. “Well,” said I (to myself), “a long time since we’ve had PDs in a Listener.” I proceeded with my solve, and only when writing this blog did […]

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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 4159: Pointer’s Crovvword (or More Vs to Decipher)

Posted on 4 November 2011

No new setter this week, but an old hack, Pointer, with one under his belt! In order not to do him/her a disservice, I should mention that he has a whole slew of Magpie puzzles under his belt. These are divided pretty much equally between grade C and grade D, in other words at the […]

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