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Archive for January 5th, 2007

Guardian 23,966, Logodaedalus: Weak ending

Posted by michod on 5th January 2007

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A simple and somewhat uninspiring puzzle, unusually for a Friday. 14’s mildly misleading use of ‘suit’ stood out as most of the other clues were totally straightforward in definition and structure. Took me 13 minutes (from West Finchley to Tufnell park).

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Independent 6288/Phi – ???

Posted by rightback on 5th January 2007

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Solving time: 9:52

I don’t think this was one of Phi’s more inspired offerings; unless there is a theme I have missed, I suspect the construction started with the interlinking 11ac, 7dn and 21dn, which are three of the more original clues, but lots of the others were very standard fare with simple word breakdowns. There are also three question marks I don’t like (1ac, 28ac, 5dn).

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Independent on Sunday 881 by Quixote – some novelties

Posted by nmsindy on 5th January 2007

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Another good puzzle from Quixote including some treatments that were novelties for me. A little harder than his average.

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Guardian 23965/ Paul L’Enfant Terrible

Posted by tilsit on 5th January 2007

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Posted as the scheduled blog did not appear!

30 minutes (with one error!)

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Guardian 23,965/Paul – I’ve started so I’ll finish…

Posted by rightback on 5th January 2007

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It’s 4am and yesterday’s Guardian hasn’t been blogged yet, so as I have ‘flu and can’t sleep I thought I’d fill the breach. Please excuse any mistakes.

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Independent 6304 / Nimrod – Only 7 As

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 5th January 2007

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Solving time 8:48

As soon as you see the 8-block black lumps in the NE and SW corners you know something’s up, and the huge gap at the bottom of the across clues confirms it. This puzzle probably sets some kind of record by having just 7 clues for across entries, with symmetrical positioning of the grid entries for the three clues using more than one grid entry. It worked out well for me, with long-answer practice from Times jumbos, Listener gimmicks and the like paying off – all three long phrases were pretty easy for me and the time was about 60% of my Nimrod/Enigmatist par. Now I just have to work out how the clues for them work so that I can tell you. Very good for my xwording soul.  Overall, a very nice puzzle, especially when paired with a good Enigmatist on the same day. Read the rest of this entry »

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