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Re(1): More pet peeves

That's a very high proportion, Chris. I recently checked my records of The Listener over the last two or three years and I think there was roughly an equal share of definition misprints and extra letters in wordplay.
As I've just constructed a puzzle in which I needed a clue gimmick I asked three solvers/setters whether they had any preference between the two. One was neutral, one positively against extra letters generated by wordplay; the third tended to favour misprints because they can offer more opportunities for wit.
These days I very rarely use the extra letters generated by wordplay gimmick, though I'm not as opposed to it as some.


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