Crossword 762 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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31st March, 2012
The fiend in need I suppose I do know what it is about them, but I'd rather not. Ogres, I mean. They keep turning up. Between them, ogre and ogres have appeared in my puzzles ten times in ten years. The fact is that short words that begin and end with vowels are immensely useful grid builders. Some of these words now seem to survive only in crosswords and Scrabble. Eyrie and eerie, Esau, Erse, etui, erne, o'er …. They are, indeed, known as crosswordese. Crosswordese is a much more important language for tackling American-style ...

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