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Guardian 26,318 / Shed

Posted by Eileen on July 22nd, 2014


A friendly grid and impeccable cluing, as ever from this setter, are a great help with several less familiar words in this puzzle from Shed, who, for me, doesn’t appear often enough.

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Independent 8664 / Radian

Posted by duncanshiell on July 22nd, 2014


Radian has produced a very enjoyable crossword today

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Financial Times 14,680 PHSSTHPOK

Posted by Bhavan on July 22nd, 2014


I may not be able to pronounce the setter’s name properly, but I have no trouble pronouncing this puzzle a nice and easy solve. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian Quiptic 766/Hectence

Posted by Pierre on July 21st, 2014


Bonjour!  I liked this Quiptic: one or two tricky clues to parse, but once you’d reached base camp, the rest was all there to be worked out and the summit was attainable.  Just one clue where I am not entirely convinced by the cryptic grammar.  Someone will put me right, no doubt.

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Independent 8,663 by Crosophile

Posted by flashling on July 21st, 2014


So it’s Crosophile to start our week here, he has a history of including extra treats in the grid but at first sight there appears to be no Nina…

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Guardian 26,317 by Rufus

Posted by manehi on July 21st, 2014


Good stuff from Rufus today, with the usual cryptic/double defs and nautical references. I particularly liked the definitions in 13ac, 25ac, 16dn and 17dn.

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Private Eye / Cyclops 525 – Fat Farm Survivor

Posted by beermagnet on July 21st, 2014


Enjoyable stuff from Mr C this time.

Over half answered on the first pass meant that there were enough crossing letters to facilitate solving those pesky final few tricky clues.  Indeed there were some novel clue methods – there’s something odd about that OATS homophone which I probably haven’t explained correctly.

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Beelzebub 1,271

Posted by Simon Harris on July 20th, 2014

Simon Harris.

This seemed a very tough week, and it has taken me until today to get things finished off.

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Everyman 3,536

Posted by Matt on July 20th, 2014


The first Everyman I have done in quite some time. This was where I cut my solving teeth a few years ago, and it was fun to go back. If the purpose of these puzzles is to provide a beginner-to-improver level challenge, then I think this fits the bill well.

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AZED 2,197

Posted by John on July 20th, 2014


How Azed produces these grids I just don’t know. He doesn’t so far as I know use technology but compiles them neatly in an exercise book, something that I would find virtually impossible. He sticks comfortably to the Ximenean advice about unchecked letters in words and both grid and clues are full of words that require a close examination of Chambers. Amazing, week after week.

Definitions underlined.

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Independent on Sunday 1273 Raich

Posted by scchua on July 20th, 2014


(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.)  I made things difficult for myself, by missing the theme until I had finished it, and then saw it staring at me in the across answers.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1129: Bang! by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on July 19th, 2014

Dave Hennings.

A slightly different clueing technique this week. There were several clues comprising two definitions to words which differed by one letter and wordplay to the common letters. A block of cells would provide the source of the BANG. These letters would be the ones which appeared in the grid, their alternatives replacing the letters of the source to give the consequence.

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Independent 8656 (Sat 12-Jul 2014) eXternal

Posted by beermagnet on July 19th, 2014


It’s about a year since eXternal and I first crossed swords over a pencil and a pint, and since then I try to have a go the puzzle when I hear it’s been set by “the X”.  Particularly when he is in the Sunday slot where the clues are slightly on the easy side – not the case for a Saturday slot – it was hard.

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Guardian 26,310 / Philistine

Posted by mhl on July 19th, 2014


We found this quite hard – generally inventive and enjoyable, although there were a few clues that let it down for me. I’ve mentioned those below, but there were some stand-out excellent clues too, e.g. 15d (POLITBURO), 3d (KNOWLEDGE), 12a (ART SCHOOL), 9a (EXPLOITED), 26a (WHODUNNIT) and 17a (DRONES). 8d (CHELSEA TRACTOR) made me laugh, although the surface reading lets it down a bit, I think.

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Financial Times 14,677 by WANDERER

Posted by Turbolegs on July 18th, 2014


I found this to be a tough nut to crack from Wanderer. Progress was slow and steady .. and I still couldnt nail a couple of clues in the end without some help.

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