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Beelzebub 1,280

Posted by Simon Harris on September 21st, 2014

Simon Harris.

About average difficulty this week, I’d say, with some very interesting bits and bobs of language in there.

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Everyman 3,545

Posted by PeterO on September 21st, 2014

PeterO.

The puzzle may be found at http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/everyman/3545.

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AZED 2,206

Posted by bridgesong on September 21st, 2014

bridgesong.

A good puzzle for those who haven’t tackled an Azed before, with several clues that wouldn’t be out of place in a daily cryptic puzzle.

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Independent on Sunday 1282/Kairos

Posted by Pierre on September 21st, 2014

Pierre.

I thought this was an excellent IoS puzzle from Kairos.  Just one or two where I’m not entirely sure of my parsing.

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Enigmatic Variations 1138 Solvable, Surely by Ian and Steve

Posted by twencelas on September 20th, 2014

twencelas.

Two new compilers, or 2 old ones with different names? A long preamble certainly but straight clues apart from 10 answers that must be replaced – somehow – so is it solvable?

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Guardian Prize 26,364 / Crucible

Posted by Eileen on September 20th, 2014

Eileen.

I loved every minute of this puzzle but for me it was over far too quickly – because I was enjoying it so much. I would never say a puzzle was ‘too easy’ – I was just on the wavelength for this one and the theme was very congenial and so it didn’t present any problems.

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Independent Crossword 8710 by NIMROD (13-09-2014)

Posted by twencelas on September 20th, 2014

twencelas.

My run of three Anax puzzles in a row comes to an end. Nimrod it is this week – oh joy!

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Independent 8,715 by Jambazi

Posted by John on September 19th, 2014

John.

Nowadays any day is as likely as the next to throw up a hard one; except perhaps Wednesday, where Dac still holds sway for most of the month. I found this crossword from Jambazi remarkably difficult and it took me ages, although most of the clues seem easy enough after they have been solved.

I get the impression that there is something going on: the members of some band from the 1980s perhaps or some such? [Leonard Cohen, who is 80 today, we are told by Geebs, to whom thanks]

My apologies for frequently mentioning Chambers. I know it is not the dictionary used by this paper, but a) I can’t remember what is and b) it is to hand.

Definitions underlined.

 

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Guardian 26,369 / Boatman

Posted by Eileen on September 19th, 2014

Eileen.

An enjoyable puzzle from Boatman – but not really one to have solved and blogged before breakfast! There’s a good variety of clue types and generally smooth surfaces and a few smiles and ahas to add spice.

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Financial Times 14,731 by FLIMSY

Posted by Turbolegs on September 19th, 2014

Turbolegs.

An entertaining tussle with Flimsy today, thanks to whom for setting an intuitive and approachable grid. No favorite clue here as there were several smooth surfaces. My LOI was 25ac, not because I solved it last, but because I couldnt do any better than parsing it as cryptic definition for the player part of the clue. Perhaps this could be improved upon.

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Financial Times no.14,730 by Gaff

Posted by Ringo on September 18th, 2014

Ringo.

An enjoyable and surprisingly challenging puzzle to mark – of course – today’s referendum on Scottish independence.

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Independent 8714 / Hieroglyph

Posted by Bertandjoyce on September 18th, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

We haven’t had a puzzle with an unhidden theme for a while so today’s Hieroglyph was very welcome.

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Guardian 26,368 by Brummie

Posted by manehi on September 18th, 2014

manehi.

Really liked this. Started quickly…

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Financial Times 14,721 – Dante

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on September 18th, 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Sep 8

A Dante crossword without too many difficulties to overcome.

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Financial Times 14,720 by Mudd

Posted by Pete Maclean on September 18th, 2014

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of September 6, 2014

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