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Archive for December 30th, 2006

Everyman 3143 – White Christmas?

Posted by ilancaron on 30th December 2006


This was last week’s Christmas Eve puzzle so not surprisingly another seasonal theme but not cloyingly so: some toboggans, crackers, a carol, a miracle, a portent and bit too much drinking. WHITE CHRISTMAS (11A) is clued quite well. A couple of new words (LOLLOP and DIABOLO)…

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Guardian 23,957 / Araucaria – a Midwinter Day’s Puzzle

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 30th December 2006


Solving time 33:50

It’s good to be writing our first posting about a kind of puzzle I’ve looked forward to ever since I started solving cryptic crosswords. Back in the late 1970s, when there was no Independent magazine or Enigmatic Variations as an alternative to the Listener (which I wasn’t ready for anyway), Guardian Bank Holiday puzzles were a big event. One of my oldest solving memories is of a weekend with some family friends. The father, a maths lecturer at Brunel, had the puzzle on a clipboard which was passed around, and we chipped away at one of those double-grid puzzles. I miss those, and would rather see their return than the jigsaw/perimeter quote gimmick that’s been the norm recently.

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Independent 6299/Phi

Posted by neildubya on 30th December 2006


Slightly trickier than usual offering from Phi, with an appropriate mini-theme. Read the rest of this entry »

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