Try not to get jealous of his times (11 minutes for Sunday!), but sometimes it's good to see the finished version of a puzzle you're stuck on, for that refreshing "AHA!
I can complete the crosswords in a lot of newspapers (eventually), but boy are the Guardian ones tricky.In other words, the theme answers form six "L"s, and all the "L"s are three-part phrases where each part begins with "C," "I," and "D," respectively. But once you figure out what the puzzle is doing, you'll be able to easily fill the remaining clues in the theme.Sometimes putting a puzzle down and walking away from it is the best thing to do when you're stumped.It can also include weirder words, ones that have a lot of consonants or vowels.Things like APSE (a "semicircular church foyer"), OLIO (a "miscellaneous mixture of elements"), EPEE (a fencing sword), and AGA (a Turkish honorific title). The ARNO and the ELBE come up at least once a month.