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TfTT Christmas Turkey

Posted by Admin on December 16th, 2014


The bloggers and commenters of TfTT have again put together a cryptic puzzle for Christmas. It can be found here if anyone wishes to pit their wits against their counterparts.

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Cambridge S & B – now confirmed: 25 April 2015

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on December 14th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

We are delighted to announce that there will be a Sloggers & Betters meeting in Cambridge next spring. The date is Saturday 25 April 2015, the venue a nice pub:   The Castle Inn.

So far, 25+ cruciverbalists showed their interest with a clear “yes!”. If you changed your mind or if you want to add your name to the list of potential attendees, please be so kind to tell us here at Fifteensquared, now or at a later point (closer to the date).   Having said that, everyone’s welcome, at any stage, even at the last minute.

Details (how to get there, food, parking etc) will be given later.

Meanwhile, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The world is a turbulent place, also one to be treasured.

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Independent Prize Crossword 8788 by Anax 13/12/14

Posted by Bertandjoyce on December 20th, 2014


“Are we blogging the Prize crossword this week?’

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Enigmatic Variations No.1151 – Contest by Kcit

Posted by Mister Sting on December 20th, 2014

Mister Sting.

Well, this is a strange-looking little thing!  A 15 by 8 box, with numbered columns and lettered rows.  And then there’s all sorts of other gubbins – jumbling and extra letters – with a little bit of highlighting for good measure.

OK.  Deep breath, and let’s begin.

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Guardian Cryptic 26447 Philistine

Posted by scchua on December 19th, 2014


(Please click here for this same blog but with a picture quiz added. Please do NOT post hereinbelow any comment relating to the picture quiz. Thank you.)   Definitely not a write-in, in fact, one to warm up with for the Prize puzzle.  Thanks to Philistine. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Independent 8793 / Phi

Posted by duncanshiell on December 19th, 2014


Phi has given us a fairly standard crossword today

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Financial Times 14,809 by WANDERER

Posted by Turbolegs on December 19th, 2014


A mindbender from WANDERER which turned out to be a complete delight at the end of it all. First pass resulted in barely 3-4 clues being solved and I was getting mentally ready for a long arduous affair.

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Independent 8,792 by Crosophile

Posted by John on December 18th, 2014


Initially I felt ill-disposed towards this, because of my obsession (some would call it a hang-up) with less than 50% checking, something that appears several times in the grid. But actually this is a perfectly pleasant crossword with some nice clues.

The inadequate (in my opinion) checking is sometimes excusable if there is a Nina and the setter is trying to get normal words into the grid. But in this case the Nina (which for once I’ve seen, although perhaps there is more) is fairly simple: look at the seven-letter words going diagonally from top to left, top to right, etc in the grid. They are all of a kind, and, further, the shape of the words surrounds something that may also be regarded as one of these.

Definitions underlined.

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Financial Times no.14,808 by Mudd

Posted by Ringo on December 18th, 2014


Another not-too-troublesome FT puzzle, and, happily, another lesson in how to set an entry-level crossword without being boring.

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Cyclops 536

Posted by jetdoc on December 18th, 2014


‘Post Cyclops blog’ is set to appear every 4 weeks in my diary, so I anticipated doing so on Sunday evening. However, now I get round to solving the puzzle, I see that the cut-off date was early, to make room for the Christmas special.  So I will try to complete a blog sometime today if possible… and now I see that the online version gives the cut-off date as 19 December (tomorrow, Friday), whereas the print version says 16 December. So I won’t post anything until the weekend. Thanks, Private Eye!

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Guardian 26,446 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on December 18th, 2014


The puzzle may be found at

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Financial Times 14,807 by CHALMIE

Posted by PeeDee on December 17th, 2014


A varied set of clues, leading to an interesting set of words in the solution.  All-in-all a very pleasant puzzle  (and even more interesting than I at first realised, thank you Chalmie).

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Guardian 26,445 / Tramp

Posted by Eileen on December 17th, 2014


I’m always very happy to see Tramp’s name on a puzzle that I’m down to blog but I admit to being a bit daunted when I saw the proper nouns in the clues here [having felt lucky yesterday that it was not my turn to blog, as the theme went right over my head]. However, as usual with Tramp, the answers lie in clever and ingenious wordplay [notable examples in 1ac and 9,24] and it’s perfectly possible to solve the puzzle in almost complete ignorance of the imagined ‘theme’, although a little research reveals nuggets of information that provide some ‘aha’ moments.

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Independent 8791 / Dac

Posted by Bertandjoyce on December 17th, 2014


Another excellent puzzle from Dac today with the usual smooth surfaces and a good variety of clue types.

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Inquisitor 1363: Associations by Kruger

Posted by kenmac on December 17th, 2014


Preamble: Clues are presented in alphabetical order of their answers which must be fitted into the grid, wherever they will go. One of the five unclued entries has a direct association with three of the others. Arranged in conventional clue order, single extra letters yielded by wordplay in fifteen clues give a phrase which will instruct solvers how to identify and enter a cryptic representation of the fourth associated unclued entry.

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Independent 8,790 / Scorpion

Posted by RatkojaRiku on December 16th, 2014


Scorpion has been assigned to this week’s Tuesday slot, one that often provides solvers with a fun puzzle with a twist or two.

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