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Everyman 3141 – quoit easy

Posted by ilancaron on 17th December 2006

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One of these days I’m going to miss a theme in an Everyman. I’ve stared at this one but no joy. Though I always enjoy solving Everyman – which typically takes about 1/2h to 45’ for me.
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Independent 6287/Scorpion – Elusively hard

Posted by neildubya on 16th December 2006

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Like the last Scorpion puzzle a few weeks ago I found this very challenging but very enjoyable. I wish I could put my finger on exactly what made it difficult for me as each time I filled in an answer it seemed so straightfoward and obvious (apart from one or two) it made me wonder why I’d taken so long. I think it was simply because I had trouble parsing many of the clues – that is, sorting out the definition from the rest and then working out exactly what the clue was telling me to do. Once I’d done that, getting all the wordplay elements seemed to happen fairly quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23,945 / Araucaria – Alphabetical jigsaw

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 16th December 2006

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Solving time 21:35 when last answer (K) was looked up.

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Independent on Sunday 878 by Quixote – as tough as any of his this year for me

Posted by nmsindy on 15th December 2006

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When I solve a clue and think I’m certain I won’t have to go back to verify it, I tick the clue number in the paper.

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Independent 6292/ Phi – The Phi’s Have It

Posted by tilsit on 15th December 2006

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Solving time: 24 minutes

If there were to be awards for consistent setting, I am sure Phi would in with a shout of the award.  His puzzles are always entertaining and are just about right for their target audience, be it Listener, Beelzebub or Indy Magazine.

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Guardian 23,950, Orlando: A puzzle of two halves

Posted by michod on 15th December 2006

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In keeping with Orlando’s divided personality, perhaps, there seemed to be an easy half and a difficult half to this puzzle – not that I’m assigning a specific gender to either! I got most of the top half and part of the bottom done in 5-10 minutes, then stewed over the fag-end for another 15-20. Two Shakespeare references, both plays I did at ‘A’ level… I wonder if Orlando did A levels in 1981 as well? 

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Guardian 23949/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on 14th December 2006

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Solving time – about 45 mins.

This was a real brute of a puzzle from Araucaria. I struggled all the way with it, but there were some obscure words and a couple of very dodgy clues. Just what I’ve come to expect from him, but a lot harder today for some reason.

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Independent 6291 / Math – You only solve once …

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 14th December 2006

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… unless you need to write up a blog entry, in which case you can often spot extra points while writing up these notes. it took me quite a while to identify the “one” in these clues – 22D was the penny-dropper, when it became clear that you had to lose the 7 in 007. Another good puzzle from Math, who gave us a chess lesson last time I think.

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Independent 6290/Dac – 2D than the average setter

Posted by neildubya on 13th December 2006

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Quality stuff. I can only repeat something a fellow blogger said about Dac, that aspiring setters should study his clues and learn from them. His puzzles aren’t particularly tough and they don’t have any themes or grid gimmicks but his clue-writing is absolutely spot-on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23948/Brendan – The I’s have it!

Posted by loonapick on 13th December 2006

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(If I were clever enough, I’d write this entry using only one vowel, but I ain’t, so here goes.)   Solving time – 7 mins

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Independent 6289 by Virgilius – Poets aplenty!

Posted by nmsindy on 12th December 2006

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Giving away no secrets with that.     “Poet” appears as full or partial definition in twelve clues,  and another two as part of wordplay. 

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Guardian 23947/Gordius – lots of wordplay

Posted by ilancaron on 12th December 2006

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Quite a bit of complex wordplay in this puzzle. A couple of obscure allusions but nonetheless accessible.

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Independent 6288/Mordred – Fishy

Posted by rightback on 11th December 2006

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Solving time: 12:37, held up by two pairs at the end; one mistake (1dn), or perhaps two (19dn).

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Guardian 23946/Rufus – silly goose

Posted by ilancaron on 11th December 2006

ilancaron.

Standard fair Rufus. A couple of containment issues below. Curious what people think about their soundness.

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Everyman 3140/2nd time round

Posted by ilancaron on 10th December 2006

ilancaron.

Solved this when it was published last week, wrote up my notes and then promptly misplaced them which I just discovered. Turns out that solving a puzzle the 2nd time round, when you know you’ve already solved it, is surprisingly hard. Interestingly I’m pretty sure that the last clue I solved was the same in both cases (1D).

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