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Sloggers & Betters – London – 19 May 2015

Posted by Admin on April 28th, 2015

Admin.

There will be a get-together of sloggers and betters after the Times setters’ lunch on Tuesday 19th May, starting at 2pm.

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Guardian 26,557 / Screw

Posted by Eileen on April 28th, 2015

Eileen.

I had it on good authority – from the horse’s mouth, as it were –  in Cambridge on Saturday, that today would see Screw’s second puzzle. When I realised that it was my blog, my initial delight was tinged with a certain apprehension – not entirely unfounded, as it turned out.

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Independent 8903 / Tees

Posted by duncanshiell on April 28th, 2015

duncanshiell.

Tees makes his monthly appearance today.

 

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Financial Times 14,916 by JASON

Posted by Turbolegs on April 28th, 2015

Turbolegs.

A straightforward puzzle from Jason meant a quick pleasurable solve. Got started with the anagrams and made quick progress from there. I do wonder if its ok to spell 20d as has been used in this grid. All in all, a fine treat – Thanks Jason.

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Comment Preview – Help Please!

Posted by Admin on April 27th, 2015

Admin.

Edit: Thanks everyone for the feedback, most helpful. Please see comment #20 for my conclusions.

It was reported earlier in today’s Guardian post that the ‘Preview Comment’ button had stopped working.

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Guardian Quiptic 806/Pan

Posted by Pierre on April 27th, 2015

Pierre.

Not sure what to make of this one.  The grid wasn’t helpful to the solve; there were some clues I found hard to parse; and I think one clue is faulty.

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Independent 8902/Commoner

Posted by Pierre on April 27th, 2015

Pierre.

Perhaps not my favourite ever Commoner puzzle.  Not a bad crossword by any means, but almost half the clues made use of the insertion device, which gave it a bit of a stodgy feel, for me anyway.  And there were no full anagrams, which left it a bit unbalanced.  You may well disagree, of course.

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Guardian 26,556 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on April 27th, 2015

manehi.

A nice start to the week from Rufus – I especially liked 1ac, 14dn and my favourite 25ac.

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Private Eye/Cyclops 545 Meltdown Climax

Posted by beermagnet on April 27th, 2015

beermagnet.

I forgot that I was down to blog this so I solved it in the normal manner, in an easy chair, rather than in front of a computer to make notes.

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Cambridge S&B – a big ‘thank you’ to all!

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

Sil van den Hoek.

Many thanks to all who made the first Cambridge S&B such a success.
And by ‘all’ we do not mean ourselves as the organisers but really everyone who was there on Saturday.

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Beelzebub 1311

Posted by Gaufrid on April 26th, 2015

Gaufrid.

Either this was more difficult than some recent Beelzebub puzzles or I was below par whilst solving because, as well as taking a little longer to complete the grid, I had to return to several clues after completion to determine the parsing. However, there were a number of occasions when, having finally got the answer, I thought why didn’t I see that earlier, it’s obvious (with the benefit of hindsight!) so perhaps I was just having an off day.

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Independent on Sunday 1313 Raich

Posted by scchua on April 26th, 2015

scchua.

(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.)   An enjoyable puzzle from a favourite IoS setter. Thanks to Raich. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Everyman 3,576

Posted by Matt on April 26th, 2015

Matt.

Wasn’t really in the crossword zone for this one.

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AZED 2,237

Posted by PeeDee on April 26th, 2015

PeeDee.

I found this tricky and needed some electronic help to get the last couple of solutions after spending a few days failing to finish unaided.  I thought there was a huge amount of interesting stuff in here, both cruciverbally and factually.  Very enjoyable indeed, one of the most interesting AZEDs I have blogged.  Thank you AZED.

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Guardian 26,549 / Enigmatist

Posted by mhl on April 25th, 2015

mhl.

As usual with Enigmatist’s crosswords, I found this very difficult. Fortunately my colleague Abi kindly helped out in the middle of the week and with her help we both finished it. Anyway, with the exception of a couple of clues mentioned below, I thought that the cluing here was brilliant – lots of laugh-out-loud “a-ha!” moments, and excellent surface readings. The construction is very impressive as well, given the common theme of every across clue.

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