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Everyman 3568

Posted by Admin on March 1st, 2015

Admin.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the blog for this puzzle has been delayed but it should be available by late afternoon/early evening.

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Beelzebub 1303

Posted by Gaufrid on March 1st, 2015

Gaufrid.

With only three entries during my first, very quick, pass through the clues I thought I might struggle with this one but subsequent, more careful, perusal paid dividends and the grid was filled at a steady pace, starting in the SE corner and then progressing anticlockwise.

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Guardian Genius 140 – Paul

Posted by Andrew on March 1st, 2015

Andrew.

The special instructions seemed vaguely familiar, and after a bit of searching I found that the idea of the definition applying to the answer of a different clue was used a couple of years ago in Genius 116, which by coincidence I also blogged. However, that one had some extra complications that this one didn’t, and this one had the extra feature that all the answers began with one of the letters W H A M (seven of each), that letter being “not further defined in the clue” (I think that’s a slightly confusing instruction – perhaps “not indicated…” would have been clearer). I don’t know whether Paul intended some kind of tribute to the 1980s pop duo, or if there’s some other significance to the use of the word.

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Independent on Sunday 1305 Commoner

Posted by scchua on March 1st, 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.)  A slow start, but it turned out all right. Thank you to Commoner. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Azed 2229

Posted by duncanshiell on March 1st, 2015

duncanshiell.

This was a plain Azed puzzle with everything you would expect in such a puzzle

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Guardian 26,501 / Pasquale

Posted by mhl on February 28th, 2015

mhl.

It’s always a pleasure to post about a Pasquale crossword, which for me hasn’t come round in a while. This one had a theme, introduced in this rubric:

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Independent Prize Crossword 8847 by Anax, 21/02/15

Posted by Bertandjoyce on February 28th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

We always look forward to the challenge of an Anax prize puzzle and this was definitely a challenge! However, we’re not wildly enthusiastic about long anagrams and this puzzle has eight fifteen-letter answers, three of which are anagrams and two more have anagrams within the solutions, so this took the edge off the challenge to a certain extent.

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Enigmatic Variations No. 1161: Extremes by Chalicea

Posted by Dave Hennings on February 28th, 2015

Dave Hennings.

For the second month in succession, I’m blogging a puzzle with no extra/hidden letters/words or misprints. There were just a couple of unclued entries to find, and they would indicate which twenty-six letters to highlight in the finished grid.

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Guardian Cryptic 26506 Picaroon

Posted by scchua on February 27th, 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.)   Slow to get started, but the pace quickened towards the finish (maybe it was the late night last night). Thanks to Picaroon for an enjoyable solve. Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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Financial Times 14,866 by BRADMAN

Posted by Turbolegs on February 27th, 2015

Turbolegs.

A reunion with the Don this Friday. A very pleasant challenge with some clues that were just out of reach (annoyingly so) as a direct solve. I had to resort to looking up Google for confirming the parsing for a couple of clues.

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Independent 8852 / Phi

Posted by Bertandjoyce on February 27th, 2015

Bertandjoyce.

Well, it’s Phiday again, and he seems to be getting tougher these days. Last week’s offering seemed more tricky than usual, and this one also took us longer than expected.

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Financial Times no.14,865 by Redshank

Posted by Ringo on February 26th, 2015

Ringo.

Always a pleasure to see Redshank’s name at the top of a grid.

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Independent 8,851 / Klingsor

Posted by RatkojaRiku on February 26th, 2015

RatkojaRiku.

It has been a long time since it has fallen to me to blog a puzzle by Klingsor, so I was keen to get my teeth into this one this morning.

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Guardian 26,505 by Chifonie

Posted by PeterO on February 26th, 2015

PeterO.

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Financial Times 14,856 – Dante

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

Sil van den Hoek.

Monday Prize Crossword/Feb 16, 2015

While still in the aftermath of moving house, I did find the time to solve (and blog) this Dante puzzle. I think it was a typical one, wasn’t it?

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