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Guardian 23988 / Paul – difficult

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 31st January 2007

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Solving time 14:42

Not much to do here, so let’s have a go. This was pretty tough, and there are three clues I don’t understand or can’t quite swallow. For me, these slightly spoil an otherwise entertaining puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6330/Virgilius

Posted by neildubya on 30th January 2007

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Got off to a slow start, then raced through most of the puzzle and ground to a halt with 5A and 2D. I also twigged one part of theme before even solving a single clue thanks “flier”, “duck” and “owl” in the first half of the across clues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23987/Araucaria

Posted by linxit on 30th January 2007

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An enjoyable puzzle today from Araucaria, which either means that there wasn’t too much non-Ximenean shenanigans going on, or that I’m actually getting used to his style (however, the wordplay escaped me on a couple of clues). I’m pretty sure that the online version has a typo in 13ac though – if not, ignore the first sentence because that makes no sense at all! [Although I now take it back, having seen michod’s comment]

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Independent 6329 / Math – pretty tough

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 29th January 2007

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Solving time 10:00 + ??

Had most of this done in about 8 mins, but was stuck on 5 and 16 – I had an answer for 16 but as it seemed to be a cryptic def I was waiting for confirmation from 5 that there were no alternative solutions. Did reali-life stuff for a few hours, came back and got 5 immediately. How long it might have taken in one sitting is anyone’s guess. Quite a tough puzzle in vocab terms, though that wasn’t what held me up in the end. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23,986/Rufus – Typical Monday fare

Posted by loonapick on 29th January 2007

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It’s Monday, so it must be Rufus. His puzzles are generally very easy (8 minutes to solve today’s), and this is mainly because his clues are not always terribly cryptic, and his definitions not very well hidden most of the time.

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Everyman 3147/Jan 21 – Newton’s cradle

Posted by ilancaron on 28th January 2007

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I had no idea that the mesmerizing 5 silver balls swinging back and forth on my desk was called a Newton’s cradle (17A).

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Azed 1808 – Pearst off

Posted by ilancaron on 27th January 2007

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My first Azed. Definitely hard work: I invested at least 3 hours total. The vast majority of words I had to extract from Chambers. Azed’s saving grace is meticulous clueing – and, in the case of the unusual, almost verbatim definitions from The Big Red Book. The only words I unequivocally knew (more or less in the sense intended) were: NAPPY, LYSOL, GOLEM, PASCAL, MUSCAT, GATEAU, HULA, SALT, MARTYR. That left a lot of Chamber-trawling. The wordplay for MARTYR has me stymied, though Linxit below has a theory.   I hope this is considered a relatively hard Azed…

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Independent 6322/Nimrod – Tuning in…

Posted by neildubya on 27th January 2007

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A bit easier than last week’s Nimrod I think but there were still a few I didn’t understand. I’m obviously not tuned in to the Nimrodian frequency at the moment but that didn’t stop me enjoying this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 23,979/Araucaria (Sat 20 Jan) – The Day Of Wrath

Posted by rightback on 27th January 2007

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Solving time: 20:01. One mistake (2dn) so the last 3 of those minutes were wasted!

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Independent 6327/Phi – Three times a lady

Posted by rightback on 26th January 2007

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Solving time: 6:37

Welcome relief after a half-hour struggle with Scorpion yesterday: I much preferred this to the last Phi puzzle I blogged (6288). The antipodean flavour to the top left (OTAGO and HAKA) was rather less welcome, given England’s latest humiliation this morning.

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Guardian 23,984/Chifonie – inspired by beached containers??

Posted by loonapick on 26th January 2007

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My first entry to this blog related to a Chifonie puzzle, so my heart sank at first when I saw that I would be solving another one today.

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Independent on Sunday 884 by Quixote – Easy

Posted by nmsindy on 26th January 2007

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This puzzle reminded me of a year or two back when I thought the Quixote Sunday puzzle was pitched at an easier level than the daily Indy one. Would have been even quicker if I did not have to check two words, new to me, at the end. But it was still my quickest Indy solve of 2007 so far.

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Inquisitor #3 – CAST ASIDE by Phi

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 26th January 2007

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(an anonymous puzzle in the paper, but the setter has already been identified elsewhere)

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Independent 6326 by Scorpion – Very, very tough

Posted by nmsindy on 25th January 2007

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Scorpion is, I find, the hardest of the Indy setters and this puzzle was no exception.    There were some novel approaches and some areas I am not entirely sure of all the reasoning.   These are mentioned below.

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Independent npower juice Environmental Crossword/Eimi

Posted by Colin Blackburn on 25th January 2007

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Solving time : 10 minutes or so.

The obvious theme of this puzzle made a few of the answers very easy to fill in. This sponsored puzzle is printed on a green background just to highlight its greenness. The four long across answers, the obvious ones, were all interlinked theme words. Elsewhere the theme was echoed in other clue definitions and surface readings.

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