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Independent 8,875 / Alchemi

Posted by RatkojaRiku on March 26th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

I have had few opportunities to solve and blog puzzles compiled by Alchemi so far, so I was rather looking forward to this, despite having to rely on a less than optimum internet connection in my hotel!

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Guardian 26529 Nutmeg

Posted by scchua on March 26th, 2015

scchua.

An enjoyable one from Nutmeg, and a pangram no less.  Thanks to Nutmeg.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Financial Times 14,889 by HAMILTON

Posted by David and Linda on March 26th, 2015

David and Linda.

A crossword that taught us a couple of things and made us smile, Thank you, Hamilton.

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Financial Times 14,880 – Falcon

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on March 26th, 2015

Sil van den Hoek.

Calling this crossword a write-in may sound patronising towards some solvers but I am afraid I found this – for 95% – a very easy puzzle.

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Financial Times 14,879 by Rosa Klebb

Posted by Pete Maclean on March 26th, 2015

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of March 14, 2015

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Financial Times 14,888 by MONK

Posted by PeeDee on March 25th, 2015

PeeDee.

Another quality puzzle from Monk, a bit more accessible than his usual fare I thought (though still not easy!). Thanks Monk

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Independent 8874 / Quixote

Posted by duncanshiell on March 25th, 2015

duncanshiell.

There was only one entry in today’s puzzle that was a word I didn’t recognise.

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Guardian 26,528 by Paul

Posted by PeterO on March 25th, 2015

PeterO.

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Inquisitor 1377: Covenant by Poat

Posted by duncanshiell on March 25th, 2015

duncanshiell.

The preamble to this puzzle by Poat stated "Seven clues consist of wordplay only, and lead to performers known for works that may be linked thematically; in each case, an allusion to part of the relevant work must be entered instead.  Entry lengths are given for all other clues.  Two letters are required in each of eight unchecked cells and confirm the theme when read in normal order.  Solvers  may wish to attempt appropriate highlighting"

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Financial Times 14,887 by SAYANG

Posted by loonapick on March 24th, 2015

loonapick.

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Independent 8,873 by Hob

Posted by John on March 24th, 2015

John.

A medium-difficulty puzzle from Hob today; indeed for a Tuesday this was perhaps a quite easy one. Apart from my very minor quibble in 23dn the clues are good, particularly 16ac, 6dn, 11dn and 14dn. Basil Fawlty told the American in ‘Waldorf Salad’ that he was always talking about bottoms; in the same vein I might say that there is rather a lot of sex here.

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Guardian 26,527 / Picaroon

Posted by Eileen on March 24th, 2015

Eileen.

A Tuesday treat from one of my top favourite setters, brimming with a variety of the usual top-quality clues with great surfaces. I thought it was relatively straightforward – but Picaroon’s puzzles worryingly often have a theme and I haven’t spotted one. [I did think I might be onto something when I got to 1dn but I don’t think so.]

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Guardian 26,526 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on March 23rd, 2015

manehi.

Good fun from Rufus – I was more on his wavelength for the cryptic defs than usual. Favourite was 5dn.

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Independent 8872 by Bucko

Posted by NealH on March 23rd, 2015

NealH.

Bucko is a relatively new compiler so I was unsure what to expect. I found this on the easy side but with a few clues where the parsings required some effort to understand. There were some interesting and inventive ideas like in 10 and 2.

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Quiptic 801 by Nutmeg

Posted by newmarketsausage on March 23rd, 2015

newmarketsausage.

An engaging offering from Nutmeg to start us on the cryptic week.

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Posted in Guardian Quiptic | 7 Comments »