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Sloggers & Betters, York 2015? Show of hands, please!

Posted by Admin on May 9th, 2015

Admin.

A message from John Henderson …

The possibility of a S&B in York in October along the same lines as the 2014 event was mentioned by a number of people at the recent get-together in Cambridge. I’m more than happy to put this together if there is a consensus, and have checked that the same venue that we used last year is available again. To avoid event clashes, the date would have to be a week earlier than last year’s fixture, so before I go ahead, please could I have a show of hands for Saturday, October 24? Naturally, for those wishing to make a weekend of it, there would be a quizzical Ale Trail on the Friday night, and a “Recovery” session on the Sunday morning at the York Tap…

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Independent Crossword 8919 by Nestor (16-05-2015)

Posted by twencelas on May 23rd, 2015

twencelas.

A Saturday in May – a tussle with Nestor. Always a taxing time

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Guardian 26,573 / Philistine

Posted by mhl on May 23rd, 2015

mhl.

A fun prize puzzle, this week from Philistine. (I think I’ve been quite lucky in getting good puzzles to post about on the prize puzzle rota, since the weekday Guardian crosswords I’ve done recently have been a bit hit-and-miss.) I don’t think there was any particular theme here, but I thought it was notable that there were three “reverse clues”, all unindicated (well, the question mark at the end of 5d might also be taken to indicate the reverse clue, I suppose) – I’ve marked them with a * below.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1173: 21 7s by Shark

Posted by Dave Hennings on May 23rd, 2015

Dave Hennings.

This week, there was the second Shark puzzle since the clocks went forward at the end of March. It probably meant that we had a date-related theme in front of us.

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Financial Times 14,937 by ALBERICH

Posted by Turbolegs on May 22nd, 2015

Turbolegs.

A fantastic puzzle from Alberich which I got around to solving only pretty late in the day. But it was well worth the wait, with an eclectic mix of innovative cluing and precise wordplay. Thorough enjoyed this. Had to google to confirm a couple of responses but otherwise all good !!

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Guardian 26,578 / Screw

Posted by Eileen on May 22nd, 2015

Eileen.

Another tough but entertaining work-out from Screw. Looking back at the preamble to my blog of his last puzzle, I see that I mentioned how the parsing came rather later in some cases – and the same applies here. And, as then, I have to confess myself beaten in a couple of cases but I am sure help will swiftly come.

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Independent 8924 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on May 22nd, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Phi-day again, and the usual well-crafted puzzle.

 

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Independent 8,923 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on May 21st, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

Klingsor has provided us with our cruciverbal workout this Thursday.

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Guardian 26,577 by Qaos

Posted by manehi on May 21st, 2015

manehi.

Lots of nice clues and surfaces…

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Financial Times 14,936 by WANDERER

Posted by David and Linda on May 21st, 2015

David and Linda.

A pleasant opening to the day. Thanks, Wanderer

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Financial Times 14,927 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on May 21st, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/May 11, 2015

A friendly Falcon crossword, surely very much welcomed by those who miss the Everyman old style.  It can be found here , just in case.

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Financial Times 14,926 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on May 21st, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of May 9, 2015

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Financial Times 14,935 by MAGWITCH

Posted by PeeDee on May 20th, 2015

PeeDee.

A good old fashioned crossword from Magwitch.  Sometimes setters seem to be falling over themselves to be novel and inventive (which of course is a good thing) but I also like getting the some quality plain puzzles to solve and blog too.  I feel they get a bit overlooked.  Thank you Magwitch.

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Guardian 26,576 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on May 20th, 2015

Andrew.

I usually don’t have too much trouble with Paul’s puzzles these days, but I found this one hard to get started on, and then hard to finish. Looking back, there’s nothing particularly obscure, apart from 11a, which was new to me, and the long answer at 9 etc took a bit of getting, and was a help when it finally yielded. I can’t fully explain 17,14, but no doubt I’m missing something obvious. Thanks to Paul.

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Independent 8922 / Dac

Posted by duncanshiell on May 20th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Dac’s strength lies in his very subtle misdirection through the surface reading of his clues.

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Inquisitor 1385: ICE by Schadenfreude

Posted by duncanshiell on May 20th, 2015

duncanshiell.

The sight of the name Schadenfreude tends to strike fear into the mind of a blogger when he or she first sees it as the setter of puzzle to be blogged, but there is always a lot of satisfaction to be gained from solving such a puzzle.

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