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NTSPP – 057 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 057

A puzzle by Qix

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Many thanks to Qix for entertaining us with a fine crossword. As Big Dave mentioned in his introduction, this was of back page difficulty though there were a couple of clues where the wordplay was a little more complicated and more into Toughie territory. There is one clue, 4d, where I am a little dubious about the wordplay but it did not detract from an enjoyable challenge.

I have highlighted my favourite clues in blue. Let us know your comments and favourites.

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NTSPP – 051 (Comments)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 051

A puzzle by Qix

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Welcome to the fifty first in our series of weekly puzzles.

Qix makes a quick return to the NTSPP fold with this new puzzle. He’s promised not to use triple unches in future!

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NTSPP – 048 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 048

A Puzzle by Qix

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A warm welcome to Qix with his first NTSPP crossword; although as Big Dave pointed out he has previous form being a setter for the Glasgow Herald.  This was an enjoyable and not overly difficult puzzle with lots of references in the answers and in the clues to chess and bridge.

The grid was not the most friendly for the solver with 6 double unches and 2 (shock) triple unches.  Fortunately, the clues for the triple unches were not the most difficult in the puzzle.

As befits a setter from Scotland there were some Scottish references though not at the level of deviousness employed by John McKie in his guise as Myops.

Favourite clues for me were 1d, 9a and 4d.

Hopefully, Qix will entertain us again in the not too distant future.

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NTSPP – 048 (Comments)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 048

A Puzzle by Qix

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Welcome to the forty eighth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Qix joined us as a regular a few weeks back, but how many of you knew that he sets crosswords for the Glasgow Herald?  Today he has set one especially for us.  Ignore the dreadful grid and you should find this to be a very enjoyable puzzle.

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