Archive for November 14th, 2006

Bunthorne book

Posted by neildubya on 14th November 2006

Message from Dave Tilley:

I am delighted to announce that the proposed collection of Bunthorne puzzles will be available within two or three weeks.

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Guardian 23923/Brendan — Spot the theme

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 14th November 2006

Solving time : about 20 minutes.

I noticed before writing this that Virgilius appears in the Independent today and that there is, as usual, a theme. Well, this puzzle from Virgilius’s alter ego is no exception. It took a while for the theme to dawn, though it was staring me in the face before I had filled in a single answer. The grid contains four black aitches running diagonally across the it. After about half of the across clues had gone in with no obvious connection between the answers I noticed an aitch at the end of each across answer ending on the right edge of the grid and at the start of each across answer starting on the left edge of the grid. The extra checking that this gave meant a very speedy end as the last few answers fell into place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6264/Monk — two bad bus journeys’ worth

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 14th November 2006

Solving time : yonks, bits of two 40 minute bus journeys with interruptions

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Independent 6265/Virgilius

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 14th November 2006

Solving time: 11:30

First step: have a look at the grid. Notice that starting at the black cross next to 12, and emerging at the other side in the one next to 22, you can draw a line that only goes through two white squares – the 6th in 3D and the 7th in 11D (duck through the ‘diagonal gaps’ in between). Confident in the knowledge that Virgulius wouldn’t use a diagram with this fault for a plain puzzle, watch for a theme. Sure enough, there is one – crosses – the word cross appears in the 10-letter entries on the edges, and two types of cross are answers at 12 and 21. And of course there are four black crosses in the grid (one referred to in 21’s clue, so they definitely count), plus arguably two black St Andrews crosses in the middle. Brian Greer, the man behind Virgilius, is based in the US and seems to have picked up the “thematic elements at symmetrical positions” principle and applied it in many of his recent thematic puzzles. A nice cross-fertilisation echo of crosswords crossing the Atlantic 80-odd years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23922/Rufus – cliched but clean

Posted by ilancaron on 14th November 2006

Solving time: 16’

Mixture of clichéd crossword idioms and some clever wordplay. As usual, not a shaky surface in sight.

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