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Re(2): Listener No. 4422: Buried Treasure by Poat
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My first thought was to highlight the preamble but I discarded this since we are told only to submit the grid, particularly if we print it from the website rather than use the newspaper version. Sorry, I do not consider this fair, especially when there are several HAREs available in the grid, and two of these can be selected with at least as much justification as the one chosen by the setter, depending on how you parse the instruction in the rubric. A good puzzle spoilt by an unnecessary ambiguity in the final step. I would not be surprised if a number of solvers (not me) who have lost their all-correct status as a result of this arbitrary decision are annoyed.

Incidentally, I am not sure it is a good idea to cite the Magpie as a precedent.

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