Crossword 754 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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4th February, 2012
The familiar quandary The best method for making a crossword puzzle, indeed the only practical one,  is to build the grid first and worry at the clues later. Beginning with a list of words to be used is hopeless (unless it is a very long list) because the chances of having more than three or four words that will interlock in the required manner and allow other legitimate words in is virtually nil. You must build most of the grid by trial and error. Thus I had no idea of the clue when I plonked MEXICO (11 across) into the grid. Nevertheless it has turned out, as they sometimes do, ...

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