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10th June 2022, 09:00
An early post today, in view of last week's technical problems. Many of us won't see the puzzle until tomorrow, but there will be Friday afternoon solvers.

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11th June 2022, 10:36
The lack of comment seems to support my decision to save ink and a sheet of A4 by not printing out. I have cold solved quite a few, but not enough to give me any real hope of making progress.
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11th June 2022, 11:12
Probably a wise move, Bobby. This is pretty difficult as Listeners go; at least a D if it was in Magpie. I cold solved about 35 before I entered anything (probably stupidity on my part). Chewy and unusual clues, and not easy to find a way in given the cells with two letters. And the endgame left me cold, but maybe that's just me. Definitely a marmite puzzle, though. Some will love it, others will wonder why they bothered
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11th June 2022, 11:58
Thanks for the confirmation, quisling. I am way behind with Magpie, so I shall eke out my weekend puzzling with some of those.
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11th June 2022, 12:55
I think this is the most joyless listener I've ever done - I've gone through so many reprints to arrive at what (to me, at least) is a waste of paper anyway. Nasty brutish and short on any redeeming features at all.
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11th June 2022, 13:00
I am unable to log in to the website on my device today to download the puzzle. In view of all the comments to date perhaps I am the lucky one.
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11th June 2022, 13:14
I'm off to the shop for The I.
I cold-solved 5 in 2 hrs. Hope the setter is happy with a puzzle that is virtually unsolvable.
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11th June 2022, 13:22
Well, I thought this was brilliant. Disclaimer: I always solve in a spreadsheet, and using the power of Excel to complete the instruction from the extras probably reduced the time spent on that step by a factor of 10. Still, worth persevering in my view (your mileage may vary).
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11th June 2022, 15:04
I'm not giving up yet. I have 24 answers but no idea yet how to enter any of them. Assuming the four 3-letter answers go in where you'd expect the trouble immediately starts wth having six 4-letter places to fit four 4-letter answers. And so it goes on...
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11th June 2022, 15:26
Yes, the 4s interact well - as do the 3s with some of the 5s.
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