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Re(6): Listener No. 4384: XL by Harpy

I agree that it was a very fine Listener that I found quite a challenge, especially when it came to some of the Group B clues and determining the theme.

I don't see that people need agonise over the removal of the connected cells or the omission of the letters, though I confess to doing so before I posted my entry. The preamble specifically allows for alternative methods of removal, so cutting out the central column by whatever method, rather than folding, seems legitimate. I forgot to scan my entry before posting but after attempting to fold it I think in the end I cut down one side of the central column and stuck one half of the grid over the other to conceal the column. Since the preamble refers to 'the removed phrase', not 'the concealed phrase' how on earth could anyone omitting the letters from that column be marked incorrect? If so, what on earth's the point of writing the phrase below the grid?

There seems to be a perception in some quarters that JG is looking for reasons to mark an entry as incorrect, whereas I've always found the marking to be scrupulously fair.


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