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Cruciverbal get-together in Oz

Posted by Admin on October 29th, 2014

Admin.

I have been asked to sound out opinion as to the feasibility of having a get-together of solvers in Australia, similar to the S&B gatherings that we have here in the UK, sometime during the next couple of months. If you might be interested in attending such a meeting please indicate this in a comment below, along with your preferred location for it (or your home location and the distance you are prepared to travel).

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Guardian 26,405 by Boatman

Posted by manehi on October 31st, 2014

manehi.

An enjoyable, fairly straightforward solve with a nice theme (with little extra parallels across some of the thematic clues, e.g. 10ac/20ac, 2dn/16dn and 13dn/27 dn.) Favourites were 13ac and 19d.

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Financial Times no.14,766 by Artexlen

Posted by Ringo on October 30th, 2014

Ringo.

Artexlen always seems to give me trouble, and this morning’s puzzle – in the nicest possible way – was no exception.

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Independent 8750 / Donk

Posted by duncanshiell on October 30th, 2014

duncanshiell.

Donk’s puzzle are always a challenge and frequently attract praise from solvers

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Guardian 26,404 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on October 30th, 2014

Andrew.

After yesterday’s strenuous tussle with Enigmatist, this was relatively a walk in the park, but with lots to enjoy, including several nice bits of &littish-ness. Thanks to Paul for the entertainment.

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Financial Times 14,757 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 30th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Oct 20

Pretty much standard fare from Dante. Quite a few anagram-based clued and at one point four double definitions in a row! But some really nice ones too (e.g. 13ac or 2d).

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Financial Times 14,756 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on October 30th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of October 18, 2014

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York S & B – cryptics

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 29th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Last Saturday’s marvellous York meeting was not just about beer, wine and cider. Or Wein Weib und Gesang as it was called centuries ago. The incomparable John Henderson gave us a lecture in pop quizzes, brilliantly done (and I mean that) but mostly lost on me, I fear. I didn’t have the courage to lift Polly’s hand to cheat on the answers that must have been correct since Jim T (otherwise known as Lato and Tyrus) was part of her team. And, of course, there were crosswords all around. If I am right, there were three non-newspaper puzzles available. A blog of John’s puzzle (this time as Elgar) can be found at Big Dave’s site, the other two are blogged below (and in Sundry Puzzles).

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S & B York – puzzle by Windsurfer

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 29th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

For anyone who wasn’t there last Saturday at the brilliant S&B event in York (and for the ones that lost their hard-copy of this puzzle), Windsurfer’s contribution can be found here:  Windsurfer @ York.  Don’t read any further if you still want to tackle this crossword.

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S & B York – puzzle by Dalibor

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on October 29th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Dalibor gave us a different kind of cryptic, one more closely related to barred puzzles. Anyone still wanting to tackle this puzzle can find it here:   Dalibor @ York.   So don’t read any further  if this is the case.

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Financial Times 14,765 by MONK

Posted by PeeDee on October 29th, 2014

PeeDee.

Great puzzle from Monk.  The last couple of puzzles I blogged from Monk had some easier sections and I was beginning to wonder if Monk was mellowing a little.   

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Guardian 26,403 by Enigmatist

Posted by flashling on October 29th, 2014

flashling.

Enigmatist told me he was on today at the weekend, so I’ve had a few days to dread this.

 

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Independent 8,749 by Quixote

Posted by John on October 29th, 2014

John.

Quixote’s usual very satisfactory and sound crossword, a good replacement when there is no Dac on a Wednesday.

Definitions (apart from in 1ac, which I’m not sure about) underlined. [I wasn't sure about it, but I am now, so the definition is underlined]

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Inquisitor 1356: Weapon Material by Schadenfreude

Posted by HolyGhost on October 29th, 2014

HolyGhost.

Schadenfreude is back again.
 
I paraphrase: “Each of 18 clues has a redundant word with one letter in common with its answer. These letters define the phrase to be entered in empty cells. Lengths of grid entries are indicated.”

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Financial Times 14,764 / Sleuth

Posted by Gaufrid on October 28th, 2014

Gaufrid.

I don’t know what has happened to today’s scheduled blogger but something has obviously prevented him from turning up. My apologies for the late appearance of this post which, in the interest of minimising further delay, only gives a parsing of the clues and no commentary.

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