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Financial Times 14,832 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on January 29th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Jan 19

Fairly typical Dante puzzle with – rather unusual – one clue that seems sort of problematic to me (9ac).

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Financial Times 14,831 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on January 29th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of January 17, 2015

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Financial Times 14,840 by MONK

Posted by PeeDee on January 28th, 2015

PeeDee.

Another solid over from Monk, no loose balls at all.  Didn’t get me out this time though, and I even managed to find the nina.  Thanks Monk, great stuff.

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Independent 8826 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on January 28th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Quixote delivers well clued crosswords where the wordplay leaves you in little doubt whether your entry is correct or not.

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Guardian 26,480 by Chifonie

Posted by manehi on January 28th, 2015

manehi.

A quick, enjoyable solve with very tidy clueing throughout. Favourites 25ac and 1dn. Thanks, Chifonie.

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Inquisitor 1369: Options by Samuel

Posted by duncanshiell on January 28th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Samuel is a prolific setter for many publications that feature barred crosswords and his crosswords usually have a quirky theme.  I think Samuel is now the editor of the Enigmatic Variations series in The Sunday Telegraph, so it is interesting to see his work in a competitive newspaper.  Perhaps though Saturday papers don’t compete with Sunday papers.

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Independent 8,825 by Eimi

Posted by John on January 27th, 2015

John.

A pleasant crossword from Eimi. Of course there are references to football and pop music, but I was expecting those. If there is a Nina I can’t see it; it all seems quite straightforward.

Definitions underlined where appropriate.

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Guardian 26,479 – Brendan

Posted by Andrew on January 27th, 2015

Andrew.

A very welcome return by Brendan after an absence of more than six months. I thought this was going to be a walkover after filling in the NW corner very quickly, but things got a little tougher after. Once again I am rather short of time, so please excuse the brief (and in one case incomplete) explanations below.

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Financial Times No. 14,839 by GURNEY

Posted by Bhavan on January 27th, 2015

Bhavan.

What’s not to like in a puzzle with good surface stories and unambiguous cryptic parsing? Read the rest of this entry »

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Quiptic 793 by Pan

Posted by newmarketsausage on January 26th, 2015

newmarketsausage.

An extremely enjoyable challenge from Quiptic regular Pan.

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Guardian 26,478 by Rufus

Posted by flashling on January 26th, 2015

flashling.

Well it’s Monday, it’s Rufus, it’s mostly easy. You knew that before coming here though.

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Independent 8,824 by Raich

Posted by flashling on January 26th, 2015

flashling.

Unusual for a Raich, I can’t find a theme or Nina here.

 

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Beelzebub 1,298

Posted by Simon Harris on January 25th, 2015

Simon Harris.

This one seemed quite hard at first, but things did fall into place steadily enough. Lots of nice long anagrams to work through, too.

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AZED 2,224

Posted by bridgesong on January 25th, 2015

bridgesong.

A harder than usual puzzle from Azed this week, with a 13 by 11 grid, including a higher than average number of & lit clues.

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Everyman 3563/18 January

Posted by Pierre on January 25th, 2015

Pierre.

Another well-crafted and enjoyable puzzle from Everyman this morning, with some particularly pleasing surface readings.

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