Archive for the ‘anax’ Tag

Anax in the Independent today   Leave a comment

Here’s the website link: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/puzzles/crosswords/cryptic/

Don’t forget to download Crossword Solver (see link in post below this) so you can  solve it offline and/or print it.

Posted March 31, 2011 by Anax in Crosswords to solve

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Cryptic Crossword 007   4 comments

A themed one (but nothing to do with Bond – the puzzle number is coincidental). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 25, 2011 by Anax in Crosswords to solve

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Something new (hopefully)   11 comments

Just been playing around with a new puzzle concept, so I’m looking for feedback from you kind solvers. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 24, 2011 by Anax in Crosswords to solve

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Cryptic Crossword 004   Leave a comment

Here’s a little monster to get your teeth into: http://crossword.info/anaxcrosswords/CrypticCrossword004

Posted November 11, 2010 by Anax in Crosswords to solve

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Just bits and pieces   5 comments

Sometimes it isn’t specific news that gets posted here. Right now, for example, I’m just taking 5 minutes out to post a ‘general update’. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 28, 2010 by Anax in Newsification

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Are you a new cryptic setter?   2 comments

A year or so after beginning my setting career with The Times I was approached to vet a puzzle by a novice setter who wanted to improve his technique. Such requests have been rare but there has been a flurry of them over the past couple of months. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 19, 2010 by Anax in Newsification

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The views expressed in this puzzle…   3 comments

Here’s another invitation to you to partake in friendly debate – all of your comments are welcome. I’ve chosen it because of comments made about a Guardian puzzle in which many clues appeared to be making political comment. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted October 15, 2010 by Anax in Newsification

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Putting the hours in   4 comments

Phew! A recent FifteenSquared thread was, I think, rather unkind in its assessment of a heavily themed puzzle by one of my very esteemed colleagues. Comments were made which amounted to calling the crossword indulgent and setter-oriented, basically too clever for its own good. That assessment was unreasonable in my eyes, and I decided it wasn’t going to stop me tackling a pretty ambitious themed one myself. I can’t go into detail for obvious reasons, but the grid fill involved making every across answer relate to one of three choices given by the long central down answer.
Now, when you bear in mind that when things are running smoothly I’ll have grid filled and clues written in a day… well, it’s just taken a full day (near enough) to just fill the grid. There were four or five serious backtracks, one of which even involved re-designing the grid after having all but one corner completed. Even now I’m not 100% happy with it – one particular theme choice far outnumbers the others although, in fairness, it offers significantly more possible answers.
I doubt that I’ll make any further changes though – I’m exhausted! And I’ve still got to make a start on the clues; but, as I mentioned on 15sq, regardless of the number of hours that will finally go into this, the pay will be the same.

Posted September 29, 2010 by Anax in Newsification

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Prize puzzle   Leave a comment

Derek Harrison’s Crossword Centre has an Anax puzzle as this month’s prize crossword, said prize being a copy of Chambers Cryptic Crosswords and How to Solve Them by Michael Kindred and Derrick Knight. Why not chance your arm? Here it is:

http://www.crossword.org.uk/anax.html

Posted August 29, 2010 by Anax in Crosswords to solve

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Mr H   Leave a comment

This one isn’t from UKPuzzle. It appeared in a birthday card to John Halpern for his 42nd birthday.

http://crossword.info/anaxcrosswords/JH42

Posted August 24, 2010 by Anax in Crosswords to solve

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