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July 2nd, 2019

Times Quick Cryptic 1386 by Tracy

Never got to grips with this one so ended up slipping about all over the grid for 12 tricky but enjoyable minutes. Loi 10ac, COD 22ac.

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Times Cryptic 27392

There were at least half-a-dozen unknown words or meanings in this one so I was pleased to complete it in 37 minutes aided considerably by very fair wordplay. The cattle disease, the bird and the Japanese artist were amongst them, and of course I had forgotten the Chinese dog yet again.

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QC League Table of difficulty by Setter...

Back by popular demand  (i.e. one person asked for it yesterday) I bring you an update of my analysis of QC difficulty levels by Setter. It's based entirely on my own solving times and whether or not I achieved my target 10 minutes on any particular day. It's intended as a bit of fun and I am not suggesting for a moment that it would stand up to an objective statistical examination other than of my own failure rate, but when I published previously (in July 2016 and September 2017) it proved to be of some interest.

Setters are once again rated 1 - 10 (easiest to hardest) despite a protest last time that it would make more sense the other way round. I have excluded a handful of setters who gave us fewer than 4 puzzles in the current period (1 September 2017 to 30 Jun 2019).