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Sloggers & Betters York, weekend of 24-25-26 October, 2014

Posted by Admin on August 27th, 2014

Admin.

IMPORTANT: Please see the PS at the bottom of this post.

The main event will be at The Fox and Roman, 58 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York YO24 1LR. I’m organising a buffet lunch for around 2-3pm which, as on previous occasions, will come to £8-10 per person. The pub opens at 1130am.

http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/thefoxandromanyork

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Independent 8700 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on September 2nd, 2014

Bertandjoyce.

Phi on a Tuesday? Is there something special coming on Phiday?

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Financial Times 14,716 / Dante

Posted by Gaufrid on September 2nd, 2014

Gaufrid.

Well, I hardly expected to see Dante on a Tuesday and wondered if I had got my days mixed up. However, it couldn’t be Monday because it wasn’t a prize puzzle.

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Guardian 26,354 by Otterden

Posted by manehi on September 2nd, 2014

manehi.

All fairly straightforward today, though I’m not a huge fan of the grid with six 3-letter solutions. Favourite clue was 22dn.

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Guardian 26,353 – Rufus

Posted by Andrew on September 1st, 2014

Andrew.

Slightly trickier than the average Rufus, I thought, with fewer cryptic definitions than usual, making it seem more like a “normal” puzzle. Thanks to Rufus.

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Independent 8699 / Rorschach

Posted by Gaufrid on September 1st, 2014

Gaufrid.

There was much to enjoy in this puzzle despite its political and sports references not being of my persuasion.

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Cyclops 528: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts…

Posted by jetdoc on September 1st, 2014

jetdoc.

… or anyone else, come to that.

Better late than never, I hope. As I said earlier, after the disruption and upheaval of the past few months, we’re now getting settled into our new home in York, so maybe I can get back to something more like a routine. Looking forward to seeing some of you in York in October, by the way.

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Guardian Quiptic 772/Pan

Posted by Pierre on September 1st, 2014

Pierre.

I thought this was a super Quiptic from Pan.  Clear and witty cluing; no obscurities; friendly grid.  What more do you want on a Monday morning?

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Beelzebub 1,277

Posted by Simon Harris on August 31st, 2014

Simon Harris.

All very smooth this week, though not unchallenging. There are some particularly nice surface readings, while if someone could confirm 23 down, I’d be grateful.

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Independent on Sunday 1,279 by Poins

Posted by Simon Harris on August 31st, 2014

Simon Harris.

Another quality puzzle from Poins, with lots of nice anagrams to work through. I managed this in one sitting in the pub, making for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon. I don’t seem to have made any particularly enlightening notes, so we can probably assume it was all pretty smooth sailing.

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Everyman 3,542

Posted by flashling on August 31st, 2014

flashling.

A quick solve for me this week with the SE holding me up the longest.

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AZED 2,203

Posted by John on August 31st, 2014

John.

Although the structure of most of these clues is fairly straightforward, as witness the number of them that can be parsed in one bit, I found this one of Azed’s harder crosswords, with many difficult words and shades of meaning. Coomassie blue and makunouchi aren’t things I talk about every day. Indeed there are red squiggly lines under two of these words and they won’t go away.

As usual I’m not going to explain all these difficult words. I don’t want to be up all night.

Definitions underlined.

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Guardian Genius 134 – Enigmatist

Posted by Andrew on August 31st, 2014

Andrew.

A Genius puzzle by Enigmatist – words to strike fear in a blogger’s heart. Fortunately this turned out to be one of his slightly more merciful offerings, though in traditional style it started out with a mistake in the special instructions – the number of clues that did not indicate one or two letters in the answer was wrongly given.. The “four characters” produced from these are the Three Musketeers ATHOS, PORTHOS and ARAMIS, plus D’ARTAGNAN, and their creator [Alexandre] DUMAS, and they appear in a symmetrical shape in the grid (highighted in the diagram below). The eight unaffected clues are 1, 26 and 30 across, and 2, 6, 18, 24 and 27 down. The added letters are shown like this in the answers below; as usual definitions in the clues are underlined.

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Independent 8,692 by Klingsor (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 23/08/14)

Posted by Simon Harris on August 30th, 2014

Simon Harris.

Classic Klingsor really, and very enjoyable. I seemed to get through this fairly swiftly, though the crossing pair of 10 across and 7 down beat me completely, and I had to go online to discover the answers. I still cannot explain them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian August Bank Holiday Puzzle 26,346 by Maskarade

Posted by PeeDee on August 30th, 2014

PeeDee.

An truly epic puzzle – epic to set, epic to solve and an epic to blog.  Thanks Maskarade!

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Guardian 26,351 – Qaos

Posted by Andrew on August 29th, 2014

Andrew.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as some other Qaos puzzles, as I think there are some dodgy constructions, and a couple of rather weak CDs. However, there are are some great clues too, including two nice &lits.

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