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gaperon

29th December 2012, 10:27
5ac Crossed lines in hospital department after the best tool (7) ??C?A?E
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sudokulover

29th December 2012, 10:28
pickaxe ( a&e being the hospital dept with x - crossed lines inside) a poor clue in my opinion!
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gaperon

29th December 2012, 10:31
Thank you sudokulover - not sure whether I would have got there unaided! Knew a&e had to be there somewhere, but...
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greedy kite

29th December 2012, 15:49
Does anyone remember a Guardian puzzle ever being quite as appalling as this one? I may not have done them all but quite a few in the last 55 years or so, and this one takes some beating in my opinion for sheer disappointment value. Possibly subjective but I know I'm not alone! A couple of the setters really need to be relieved of their posts!
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ixion

29th December 2012, 15:53
On the easy side GK but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
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chrise

29th December 2012, 15:59
I actually struggled with the bottom half (having entered "railway" incorrectly at 28ac). However once I had rethought that it all fell into place quite quickly.
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greedy kite

29th December 2012, 16:32
Perhaps I should explain. It's not that it was too easy or too hard, just incredibly unrewarding: I think in a good crossword the clue should keep us wondering for a while, but above all when the solution dawns on us there should be something really witty there to appreciate! It's difficult to talk about or explain (like in that Truss broadcast Boxing Day)but there seems to be "a notable lack of wit" in Paul's puzzles again & again.And it's not that I'm in a bad mood at all! But maybe these things really are very subjective and -- like humour in general-- practically impossible to discuss in any very fruitful way. I'll shut up (for a while)......................
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livs

29th December 2012, 16:41
I've only just started it and I'm feeling a bit thick today (been hibernating over Christmas), but I was thrilled to see 'orca' as the answer to 12A. It's the answer I got (wrongly) to one of Paul's genius clues last time and whinged about here. I hope I'm right this time.
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ixion

29th December 2012, 16:56
Hmm, I guess clues can be a matter of taste...I like a good "surface" and this one has some at 18a/3d/17d and a bit of humour at 22a and 25a.
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elfie

29th December 2012, 17:29
Having been quite pleased to complete last Saturday's prize Guardian I now feel wrong footed by Paul! Am I right in thinking Underground stations is a theme? Still haven't got 2,1, and 27, 10 without which I think I may as well give up...
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