November 20th, 2020

Times Quick Cryptic No 1749 by Teazel

I find that for the second blog in a row I am treated to a Teazel puzzle to blog. Unlike last time, I didn't find this on the harder side and sailed through it unscathed, although your mileage may differ as there are a few tricky clues. When I couldn't see the answers immediately, I left the long anagrams until I had some checkers, with my Last One In being 24A at the bottom. In all, it took me about 4 1/4 minutes, so well under my target time. We have some great clues today. I particularly enjoyed 14A, but liked the simple but neat 22D and the "Uxbridge English Dictionary" clue  too. Great puzzle. Thanks Teazel! How did you all get on?

Fortnightly Weekend Quick Cryptic. This time it is my turn to provide the extra cruciverbal entertainment. You can find the latest crossword, which has a bit of a zoological theme, here. Enjoy! And if anyone is interested in our previous offerings you can find an index to them here.

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The Online Crosswords Championship

Well, we are nearly there.   For the first time, those who can't make it to London will be able to try their skills against the best solvers in the world, even if they have to get up in the middle of the night to do it.   Of course, it won't be the same without the beer and the prizes, but we'll have to make the best of it.

David Parfitt, the Times Crosswords Editor, has posted full information about the contest in the Crossword Club Forum.   In response to my question, he has stated that the three puzzles will be re-used in December as regular Wednesday puzzles in the print publication and the online newspaper site.   As we have done in the past, we will blog the puzzles when they appear in the paper.

This thread is for discussion of the Championship.   Those who have competed are free to discuss the puzzles and the clues once the contest has closed at 12 PM GMT, which means that if you did not participate, and you don't want to see spoilers, you should not read the comments after the competition is closed.

I am going to give it a go, but I don't expect to finish unless the puzzles are exceptionally easy.   Mr Parfitt did not give any hints about this, but it is possible that with such a large number of people competing, they may present us with only moderately difficult puzzles.

The timing of the contest in various parts of the world might be challenging to some, but it's hard to see what else they could have done.   Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore will have it fairly easy, and will the UK, Europe, and Africa.    It is a little late in New Zealand, and very early indeed here on the East coast of the USA.    Caffeine and adrenalin will have to make up the difference.

Good luck to all!