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Posted by Admin on November 19th, 2014

Admin.

Those of you who have been visiting this site for a while now will no doubt remember the appeal I made back in December 2012 for help towards the annual hosting costs when we moved over to a new, and has been proven better, hosting company. The response to this appeal far exceeded my expectations as I indicated in my subsequent ‘thank you’ announcement. To save me some typing I have copied/pasted the relevant two paragraphs below:

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Independent 8764 by Nimrod (Saturday Prize Puzzle 15 November 2014)

Posted by mc_rapper67 on November 22nd, 2014

mc_rapper67.

Three N-Nestors in a row, and now two N-Nimrods…’N’ for me, ‘N’ for me, they’ve all got it ‘N’ for me!…

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Enigmatic Variations No.1147 – Sets Out by Ferret

Posted by Mister Sting on November 22nd, 2014

Mister Sting.

I’ve got my fingers crossed for an EV about set theory, although I think it unlikely.  Apart from that, I’m distracted by what a ferret might set out.  Answers on a postcard, please…

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Guardian Prize 26,418 by Picaroon

Posted by PeeDee on November 22nd, 2014

PeeDee.

I didn’t enjoy this all that much when I first solved it, but then when I wrote up the blog a few days later I found plenty to enjoy.  I think I must have just been at a bit of a low ebb at the time.  Thanks Picaroon.

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Financial Times 14,785 by HAMILTON

Posted by Turbolegs on November 21st, 2014

Turbolegs.

I found today’s offering from Hamilton tough going. Slow progress for most part, having to slowly chip away at clues sprinkled across the grid. Still have a couple of clues / parsing that require improvement (apologies for this!). Seemed to have a more-than-average number of island references in both answers and clues – anybody have any idea why?

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Independent 8769 / Phi

Posted by Gaufrid on November 21st, 2014

Gaufrid.

I started at the end with 25dn and worked backwards through the clues, making steady progress and with the empty lights only just reaching double figures by the time I got to 1ac.

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Guardian 26,423 by Enigmatist

Posted by PeterO on November 21st, 2014

PeterO.

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Independent 8,768 by Monk

Posted by John on November 20th, 2014

John.

Monk’s customarily efficient and elegant crossword today. I get the impression that he is appearing in the Indy more often than he has, which is good news.

One or two are beyond me a bit, but no doubt someone will come to the rescue.

This seems to contain a personal message: read down the unches on the left, then the horizontal unches in the middle, then the unches on the right.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times no.14,784 by Peto

Posted by Ringo on November 20th, 2014

Ringo.

A good, neat, enjoyable puzzle from Peto.

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Guardian 26,422 / Chifonie

Posted by Eileen on November 20th, 2014

Eileen.

The most common epithet used in preambles of Chifonie puzzles appears to be ‘straightforward’ And so it was with this one – the usual blend of nicely-clued charades, insertions and anagrams, with a couple of double definitions thrown in for good measure – apart from one pesky piece of parsing which took longer than the rest of the puzzle put together!

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Financial Times 14,775 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on November 20th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Nov 10

Very straightforward puzzle by Falcon, ideal for the less experienced but none the worse for that.

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Financial Times 14,774 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on November 20th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of November 8, 2014

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Financial Times 14,783 by GAFF

Posted by PeeDee on November 19th, 2014

PeeDee.

A very enjoyable puzzle from Gaff.

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Independent 8767 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on November 19th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Another smooth offering from Dac – one or two entries we needed to check, but all very clear from the excellent cluing.

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Guardian 26,421 by Qaos

Posted by manehi on November 19th, 2014

manehi.

Plenty to like here, with lots of cunning misdirection and nice surfaces. Most favourite was 29ac.

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